Jerri Corgiat

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MAY/JUNE 2006: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PROPOSAL'S A DUD

May 7, 2006

JERRI CORGIATíS NEWSLETTER
May/June 2006
www.jerricorgiat.com

CONTENTS:
Note to Readers
News
Feature Article: WHEN THE PROPOSALíS A DUD
Best Book(s) Iíve Read This Month

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Dear Readers,

Iím sorry Iíve been out of touch for so longóboth family issues and a recent move have sapped my time and energy. But now Iím back in the author chair again, just in time to watch a lovely Midwestern spring bloom outside my windows! I hope life has been treating you well.

Jerri
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NEWS:

My fourth novel, HOME BY STARLIGHT, will be out in July...

...and Iím pleased to announce it will be a featured alternate for Doubleday, Rhapsody, and Literary Guild book clubs soon after its release!

If youíre so inclined, read an excerpt at www.jerricorgiat.com.

ONGOING...
I havenít been there lately, but normally Iím online at least monthly (sometimes more than monthly depending on how much Iím procrastinating on my real work) at the NAL Authors web site, and would love to see you there. Chat with me and other NAL authors: Visit http://nalauthors.com/forums/. Browse around, see whatís up.
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FEATURE ARTICLE:
WHEN THE PROPOSALíS A DUD


So I told you in December how I was creating this proposal and what a wonderful idea, indeed, that I had. But unfortunately, once it was done, each letter polished within an inch of its short little life... my agent said it sucked.

Okay, she didnít exactly say that. Any agent that would say that wouldnít be an agent for long. But she did say that while my prose held its usual scintillating, breathless brilliance, the story had been done too many times and the issues lacked luster. Translation: No publisher will want it.

So what happens now? I go back to the drawing board, er, keyboard, thatís what. Fortunately, I already had another story brewing in my head. I think writers always have their heads filled with ideas (sometimes to the exclusion of things we should rememberólike picking up the kids after school or paying the property taxes before the car license has expired. Of course, thatís never happened to me. ).

So I launched into that story and just a few days ago sent the first brief, sketchy pages to my agent.

Andówhew!ójust a couple of days ago, she emailed to say she loves it. So beginning tomorrow, Iíll be crouched over my keyboard preparing a new proposal. And then will come the acid test... will my editor (you know, the person who pays me) love it as well?

Stay tuned!

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BOOK(s) IíVE READ SINCE THE LAST NEWSLETTER:

NO PLACE LIKE HOME, by Barbara Samuel
I love this authorís writingóconfident, easy, doesnít pull any punches.

THE SINGING AND DANCING DAUGHTERS OF GOD, by Timothy Shaffert
A quirky, sweet, funny tale of an off-kilter family.

THE DA VINCI CODE, by Dan Brown
Because I just had to.

KILL THE MESSENGER, by Tami Hoag
Iím a Tami Hoag fan from way back and a great admirer of her quick pacing and dead-on dialogue.


Happy Reading!
Jerri

Fiction for and about women rediscovering themselves

Jerri's award-winning debut novel, the one that launched the series.
A Barnes & Noble bestselling romance during the month of its release
A Barnes & Noble bestselling romance during the month of its release
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