Friday, September 22, 2006

Maybe I'm Amazed

I AM amazed, forget Paul McCartney!

I’m amazed at what the power of a team can do--although, given the wonderful women I work with every day at TKA, that shouldn’t surprise me. Still. Look at what TEAM PARALLEL HEAT has raised for our Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk. Just eight women, working together to make something amazing and positive happen have managed to raise more than $14,000.

Huge KUDOS must go out to my client Cecil Murphey who has sponsored three of us very generously. Many of you will recognize Cec as the co-author of the million-plus bestseller, 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN, as well as more than one hundred other books. A few years ago Cec’s wife Shirley was diagnosed with breast cancer and fought a valiant—and victorious—battle with the disease. I hope you will support Cec’s books as he’s been so kind and supportive of this cause and of our walk for a cure.

If you study these stats, you’ll notice something. Several of us are within mere inches of reaching the necessary $2200 required to walk in October. Others of us are much farther away from that requisite amount. We don’t need huge donations—they can be as little as five dollars. But without raising our funds, we can’t participate. Please consider picking a walker of choice and sponsoring that person. Lolita Love needs some big time love. Others need love, but not as much. No matter what you might be able to contribute, it will allow us to participate for our 3 day in October--and our deadline for sponsorships is quickly approaching.

So let me remind you about the mondo grand prize being offered here by TKA: A Day With the Knight Agency. So far? No takers on this one very special opportunity. Here are some tidbits to think about:

--your airfare is included. You get a fabulous trip to a major destination spot, Madison, Georgia, which has been named one of the Top Ten Small Towns in America. We will personally take you on a driving or walking tour (your choice) through the Antebellum and Victorian homes that line the streets of historic Madison. Our cemetery boasts the graves of Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, and many of the local houses (including my own) are even haunted.

--We will pick you up at Atlanta Hartsfield, drive you into Madison, and your special day will begin, seeing firsthand how a mid-size literary agency operates. We will take you to a fabulous lunch at one of our local establishments, “wining and dining” you Southern style. Perhaps if you even twist our arms, we will take you to the Blue Willow, inspiration for GONE WITH THE WIND. There you can eat fried green tomatoes and get a glimpse of why Margaret Mitchell used the house as a basis for Tara.

--You’ll have critique from every Madison-based member of TKA (Nephele won’t be present since she mans our LA office, but otherwise, each of us will have read your work and be ready to offer hands-on critique.)

--We will outline a career strategy for you whether you’re an unpublished writer or a multi-published author. Imagine a full working day with TKA!

--In the process, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve supported a vitally important cause, something that touches our mothers, sisters, daughters… and ourselves every year. With your help, we can work toward finding a permanent cure.

--There is only one of these days available to a single bidder. The price? $1500. You don’t pay airfare, you don’t pay for lunch, probably not for dinner, and you come away with the writerly experience of a lifetime.

--How do you place your bid? Email me at I will arrange the details.

Don’t miss this rare chance to direct—or redirect—your career, all the while having a wonderful vacation to Madison, Georgia. I can’t wait to see who we will be spending our day with!


Blogger Liane Gentry Skye said...

Did you say B-b-blue W-illow?

(Eyeballing the mortgage money as any belle worth her keep must!)

I am amazed that this opportunity isn't gone yet!

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 6:40:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Kristen Painter said...

If I wasn't already a client, I'd be all over this like white on rice.

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 7:46:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Marley Gibson said...

No kidding, Kristen!!

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 8:58:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Karmela Johnson said...

I'm a client and I still want to bid, just for the opportunity of hanging out with the TKA bunch. THey're fun! Hmmm...still thinking, still thinking...

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 10:51:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

Sometimes I wish I were rich! The day sounds amazing, Deidre. Unfortunately, the moola is waaaaaaaaay beyond my rich, LOL!

Someone snatch up this opportunity!


Friday, September 22, 2006 at 4:41:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

I meant beyond my means, LOL.

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 4:41:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Deidre Knight said...

You know, if I were an unpublished author, and there were an opportunity like this one, I sure would find the money. Personal critique, feedback and face-time cannot be overrated in this business. There are never any guarantees, but it's certainly a change to learn your craft better and get a much better insight into how publishing works.

:) Hugs

Friday, September 22, 2006 at 5:08:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Cindy Procter-King said...

I hope someone can find the money. It really does sound like a great day.


Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 7:56:00 PM EDT  

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