Happy September!

September 1st, 2010 • Kate

Small Persons With Wings_2Hard to believe it’s September already! Out here in Colorado, the kids have already gone back to school (several weeks ago, in fact), but as an East Coaster, I still believe that the week after Labor Day is the official start of the school year, and all the Back-to-Schoolishness that that implies.

Nonetheless, no matter when school starts, there’s something about this time of year that feels like an opportunity for fresh starts and for making changes. Whether that’s Intern Jenny’s schedule, or a plan to reorganize your closets, or a fresh new manuscript that’s waiting to be written, September is a great opportunity to do something DIFFERENT.

So — what are your plans? What difference will you be making? Is it getting back to a more intensive writing schedule now that the kids are back out of the house? Is it a new draft of an old project, or a new project altogether? Or is it a bustling conference schedule?

Let me know in the comments! One random commenter will win a galley of Ellen Booraem’s forthcoming middle grade release Small Persons With Wings, coming from Dial Books in January 2011.

Mellie has been trying, unsuccessfully, to live down the day she told her kindergarten class she had a fairy living in her bedroom. Years later she is still called Fairy Fat. But when her parents inherit an inn and their family moves to a new town, Mellie believes she’ll leave all that fairy nonsense behind. Little does she know that the inn is overrun with . . . you guessed it. Oh brother.

β€œI adored this hilarious, charming, and clever book.” – Sarah Beth Durst

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18 Responses to “Happy September!”

  1. Sonia Says:

    this looks so cute!

  2. Deb Salisbury Says:

    What a fun book!

    I'm editing. And editing. And … really should start querying soon.

  3. A.L. Sonnichsen Says:

    I think I feel busier having my kids back in school than I did during the summer. Must be the ultimate soccer-mom thing I'm trying to pull off. *sigh*

    But as for me & new things, I completely rewrote my ms (in one month!) after attending LA SCBWI conference, so now September's the month to let it sit in a quiet, dark corner. I know that. I need to stop perpetually editing and lay it aside already…. I'll be beta reading a whole bunch this month, which should be fun. A nice change of pace from the feverish writing pace I was keeping up through August. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for reading my long-winded response. Happy September, everyone!

    Amy

  4. tom m franklin Says:

    Here's a random comment in hopes I'm randomly chosen.

    — Tom

  5. John Poindexter Says:

    School started for me three weeks ago. This is also the start of my 21 year of teaching after leaving the Office of Special Investigations.

    Winter does make it hard to find time to write, with all the grading at night, there is not much time left. Just have to steal a minute here and there to jot down a few words or pages.

    Thanks for running a contest.

  6. Rebecca (Fie Eoin) Says:

    I'm in the same boat as Deb – edits edits edits! But fall is always a busy time for me because NaNo is coming up, and I'm the lone ML for our (quickly growing!) region. This year I'm doing a number of presentations to get the word out about it, so I'm working on my networking skills while I'm out there πŸ˜‰

  7. Krista V. Says:

    I plan to query the book I've been writing for the past year. This is the longest I've ever taken to finish a manuscript, but I like to think I've spent those extra months making this one really shine:)

    SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS sounds cute. I enjoyed THE UNNAMEABLES, so I'm glad to see another of hers coming out.

  8. Andrea Says:

    I'll miss the more relaxed feeling of summer, but all that relaxation doesn't make for a very consistent writing schedule, so I'm glad for fall and getting back to some kind of work/writing routine. First up is working on revisions of a novel to get it in shape for my critique group to tear apart.

  9. Jess Says:

    The book sounds adorable, and if Sarah Beth endorsed it, I'd peek.

    My hubs tells me I work too much but writing isn't work to me… which means my summer looked exactly like my fall will look. Keeping on the frontline in the query trenches and finishing this new project. Or at least this draft of it. I know it'll need more. Still, write write write. πŸ™‚

  10. B.E. Sanderson Says:

    I homeschool, so back to school means back to being teacher, principal, superintendent, etc. Lucky for me, I only have one child and this is Daughter's senior year. She's fairly self-sufficient, so it's not nearly as much work as when we started back in 6th grade. The worst part is that now she's on my computer more, which leaves less time for writing.

    Having said that, though, I've still got edits to do so this WIP can go out on the query trail. School during the day – writing at night. Weeee. Seriously, though, I love it. =o)

  11. Karen Says:

    No kids to shuffle off to school, but I am looking forward to September. My plan is to start sending out queries this month and then redecorate my bedroom while I wait for responses–well, in addition to writing. Small Persons With Wings sounds just too cute.

    Oh, and btw, I finished Will Grayson, Will Grayson and LOVED every bit of it. It made me cry happy tears too. Wish I had a Tiny Cooper in my life!

  12. Patricia Says:

    I have a new part time job. It's pretty awesome.

    Also, book = awwwww! yay!

  13. Elena Says:

    Editing my final draft, with the goal to start querying mid-October.

    And getting my blog views up, and the good posts coming! Stop by and check it out!

  14. Red Boot Pearl Says:

    It's time to get back into a routine! And try to flip my schedule from being a night owl… to a wee hours of the morning person. I'm curious to see how this will effect my writing/exercise goals… my hope is for the better.

  15. Ellen Booraem Says:

    Become a better blogger. *sees skeptical look on agent's face.* No, no, this time I mean it. Really. Honest.

    Don't send me the galley, though. I have one already.

  16. Prince Says:

    It's almost same here in Ghana with the kids back out of the house. I'm on the final draft of my novel. Thanks to my published author mentor.

  17. Prince Says:

    It's almost the same here in Ghana with the kids just about going back to school. I'm on the final draft of my first novel.

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