Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Let's Get it Started!

Well, to quote from Pamela's race day song, "Let's get it started!" Summer is over, and I for one am eager to reactivate this blog into something more dynamic. We've got big plans around here, too, with ongoing articles and interviews.

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend. I spoke and signed books at the Decatur Book Festival which was sponsored by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. They had an expected turn out (not at MY event) of 50,000. I'd never actually attended a book festival before, as hard as that may be to believe, and it was especially interesting to attend my first in my hometown of Atlanta (Decatur is a very artsy part of Atlanta.)

Anyway, Jud and I drove into town, and left WAY too late for the event, and the drive and subsequent parking scenario bore all the hallmarks of my worst dreams: The bottom fell out, torrents of rain making navigation almost impossible. We were down to fifteen minutes, had to still check in, and like I said--it was like every bad dream I ever have where I just. Can't. Move.

Thankfully, a nice man let us park right by where I was speaking, and I was right on time. Nice turn out, and it was interesting to read from my own novel--something I've not yet done in public. I think I need to learn to breathe better. LOL.


All right, so we've had an amazing response to our Breast Cancer 3-Day. As many of you have already read, we're driving ahead, each raising our 2200 dollars so we can participate. Some of us have hit our goals, but others still have a distance remaining. To that end, let me point out the fabulous list of prizes that you can receive for donating to this important cause of breast cancer research.

--we offered up two of these, and one remains. For the first person to donate $750 to either Julie Ramsey or Elaine Spencer, you'll receive this fabulous prize!

This is our big grand prize, gang. You will be flown into Atlanta, picked up by the TKA crew, and brought to our offices to spend a day with us. See how an agency works, from the inside out. Receive careeer counseling and critique, and also spend time with our fabulous marketing guru, Julie Ramsey, plotting out the best way to market yourself online. Whether published, unpublished, or just interested in the publishing world, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
How to bid? Here are the rules:

--You must send an email to Deidre.Knight@knightagency.net
--You must be the first to tell us you plan to donate, and we will contact you to give instructions about the donation. DO NOT DONATE FIRST WITHOUT CONTACTING US OR HEARING FROM US--this opportunity will go to only one walk supporter, so to keep this fair, follow instructions!!! CONTACT US FIRST. (Wow, you get it?)
--You must be flying from within the Continental US in order to participate. Sorry, we love our readers in Shanghai and Sydney, but we just can't fly you in!! :)
--The donation amount is $1500.00
--You must be eighteen

3. Lunch with Deidre Knight at ROMANTIC TIMES convention 2007, April 23-25!
If you're going to be in Houston, this is a great chance to get personal career guidance and consultation.
Donate $300 to Julie Ramsey, and we'll be chowing down together in fine style! :)

For now, these are our very exciting donation items, but we've got some other goodies potentially planned. Come on out and support us while we actually contemplate walking SIXTY MILES IN THREE DAYS TIME. Oh my. Public showers, tents... feel our pain, but all for an amazing and very important cause. :)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious...who won the first round of Elaine's 300.00 donations? I think maybe...I was the first on the 300, but I'm not positive? If I wasn't...I'd sure as heck try again. ;)

Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 7:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

Great question! We will post the names of the winning bidders so far tommorrow. Thanks! D

Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:22:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Yasamin said...

As an aspiring author, I am finding that more people are saying, to get an edge on the market and a foot in the door, it's best to network at conventions and festivals such as the Decatur Book Festival. Would you find that true?

It's hard to find a way to get to all these conventions and festivals when you are still living a normal 9-5 job/life.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 12:34:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Elaine Spencer said...

I would absolutely 100% agree the way to get a foot in the door is to attend in person events. When we receive 100's of emails a day, the only way to make yourself stand out is to make an impression via live communication. This is a great topic that we will blog about soon! Keep your eyes open!

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 11:36:00 AM EDT  

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