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Down the rabbit hole

This weekend’s journey through the looking glass took me to Jefferson, Texas for the 11th Anniversary Girlfriend Weekend Author Extravaganza—a celebration of literacy with Kathy L. Patrick’s tiara wearing, book sharing, Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in the world.

As the previous winner of Bonus Book of The Year, I had the privilege of presenting this year’s award to Jeanette Walls for Half Broke Horses. (Followed by a group of students from Jefferson High School that brought the room to tears).

This wild weekend in Jefferson is hard to describe. Pink would be one way. Crazy might be another. But inclusive is a word that works as well. From the hospitality of Darla and Hugh at the Alley-McKay House to being able to rub elbows with Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg, and others. It’s a gorgeous, homespun, straight-from-the-heart celebration of books.

And of course there’s the Big Ball of Hair. Words…fail me. So check the evidence, er…I mean, photos.

A special thanks Sandy Briggs, Sarah Deutsch, along with fellow authors Kathryn Casey, Karen Harrington, M.L. Malcolm, and Marcia Fine.

And of course Marsha Toy Engstrom (The Red Queen) for letting Leesha and I be a part of her kingdom.

And for not having us beheaded…

On an equally surreal note, in a few weeks I'm going to Harlan Ellison's house—known as Ellison Wonderland.


Hi Jamie,

Last night I finished your book and absolutely LOVED it!  I teach English and creative writing to high school students. The imagery used, the emotions evoked, the present and past married so well, the history learned all adds up to a wonderful, fulfilling read.  I plan on "requiring" my students to read it. 

Questions: To gain publishing credits, does a person always need to start by having stories and/or articles published by magazines?

Then, does a person always need an agent to present materials for book manuscripts?

Thank you!


Thanks Karen,

You definitely do not need prior publishing credits. Many, many authors these days don't, simply because there are so few venues for short fiction. But, you do generally need an agent first.

Tor is the only major publisher that I know of that still accepts unagented manuscripts.

With that in mind, a great place to begin your agent search is agentquery.com.

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Reader Comments (4)

Hey White Rabbit!

I had so much fun at the PQ's GF wknd, and loved being in Alice's Kingdom with everyone. Wonderful to see you again, and it was great to meet Leesha! Can't wait to read your new book!

All the Best,
Kathryn Casey a.k.a. the Cheshire Cat
January 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn Casey
It looks like an absolutely fun weekend!! Marked my calendar so I don't miss out next year, those Pulpwood Queens sound like my kind of gals! ~Marilyn
January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn@ButteryBooks
Hey Jamie - just had to swing by and wish you a happy 2011! Can't wait to read your latest... keep on rockin' dude. May the year ahead be creative and productive!

January 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJade
Jamie: You and your wife are such dears! Can't wait to see you again in April when you ROCK Woodland Reads! Cheers! MTE (AKA: The Red Queen)
January 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBook Club Cheerleader

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