Thursday, March 17, 2011

This and That Thursday

About three years ago I wrote a picture book called "Rockabet." It was an ABC book of rock 'n' roll. There was nothing like it anywhere in print. I submitted it to publishers, one being somewhat interested but passed, and then I moved on to writing two poetry collections and a middle grade novel. I was perusing yesterday and discovered an "ABC's of Rock 'n' Roll" picture book. ARRRRRGHHHH! It was written by someone in the music business and even had a blurb by Iggy Pop on its cover. I know the author didn't steal my idea; it's just frustrating when I knew I had a novel concept, and then I see it in print (and that publishers nixed my similar idea).
My book is slightly different as I had catchy couplets like

"A is for Aerosmith
Their first hit, "Dream On."

B is for the Beatles
George, Ringo, Paul, John." and so on.

Their book is the letter and the name of the band with a cool graphic on each page plus of course we have many different musicians listed. I wonder if mine is different enough to pursue sometime in the future... What do you think? And has this ever happened to you?


I haven't had as much time to read as I'd liked, but I started reading Nightshade City by Hilary Wagner, and I'm amazed by her elegant, vivid, descriptive words.

What are you reading?


Lots of huge news in blogland!

First, huge CONGRATS to Carolina Valdez Miller! She is now agented, and I am thrilled for her! Go to her blog and wish her congrats plus enter the amazing contest she is having. Win a Kindle, critique and books!

And yes there is more excellent news!
WriteOnCon 2011 is scheduled for August 16, 17,18! Woot!

I was a big winner in three blog contests in the last two weeks. First, thank you to Sherrie Peterson. I won Michael Spradlin's The Youngest Templar: KEEPER OF THE GRAIL on her blog . Also thanks to the fab WriteOnCon ladies, I won Lisa and Laura Roecker's book Liar Society plus yummy chocolate covered Twizzlers. Then I won Odd Girl In by Jo Whittemore at PJ Hoover's blog! I'm starting to feel guilty (but very appreciative) about all these wins. I think I'll stop entering blog contests for a few weeks and let new peeps win; I'll channel my luck to the agent world!

I decided to join in on the Blueboarder Biggest Loser Challenge. My goal is to lose 8 pounds in 9 weeks. I'm in my second week. Last week I gained a pound, but lost 1/2 of that this week so I'm up 1/2 pound. Go Kelly! I'll track my progress here as I think it will give me motivation.
I exercise regularly anyway, but trying to do a little more. Plus drink more water. My biggest challenge is cutting down on sweets. I seriously eat like five desserts a day. So trying to cut down eventually to one a day. Anyone else doing the challenge?
It's a warm day in the Midwest. So happy to see the sun and feel the warmth. Happy St. Patty's Day to you all! I am a wee bit Irish, and I'll be enjoying some corned beef today! You?

This is for Carol.


Matthew MacNish said...

I've never had anything like that happen to me, but I can only imagine how frustrating it would be.

I loved Nightshade City! Hilary is awesome.

Bish Denham said...

How frustrating and so not fair! And I definitely want to read Hilary's book.

Currently I'm reading Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson.

Laura Pauling said...

Lots of stuff going on! yes, that has happened but more with conceptual stuff for MG or YA. I think it's always a possiblity for the future! Def. stick with your rocknroll love in your stories. One of them will fly!

Jonathon Arntson said...

One of my dreams is related to your idea up there, I'll have to tell you about it on Skype tomorrow. Speaking of skype, did we ever set a time?

Hilary Wagner said...

Elegant, vivid, my writing?? What are you putting in your coffee, Kelly! Ha, ha! ;) I'm so glad you're liking the book! I hope to see you soon!

xoxo -- Hilary

Lola Sharp said...

Yes, I've been half way through writing a book and then something comes out with the same basic premise and sells huge. So I had to abandon writing it mid-draft. I think we've all been there in some way...I mean there are only so many ideas/plots out there, right? But you are uniquely you, so keep doing your'll find and agent and a publisher who believes in YOUR version.

Dude, you have THE luck of the are the winningest winner of contests ever. :) It's all your good karma/juju.

Also, sweets are my downfall too. EVERY meal gets dessert. Breakfast dessert is just as important as dinner dessert and lunch dessert, right? Right.

I love Jared. The yes, the lips, the talent, the bit of batboy brooding...he's perfection.

Have a lovely weekend, my sweet friend.
Love and hugs,

jama said...

Love your idea of a rock 'n roll alphabet book. And yes, this has happened to me several times -- had an idea turned down, and then I see someone else publishing it, even going on to win awards!

If you can make your book different from the one that's already out there, it would be worth it to keep marketing it. Perhaps a unique twist, even a plottish device to tie all the entries together or something?

Congrats on all the contest wins! You're the Queen!

And Happy St. Paddy's Day :).

Kelly said...

Matthew - Yes, I'm definitely enjoying her book so far! I just need to carve in some more reading time!!!
Bish - When I saw it on Amazon, I yelled and my kids ran over to see what happened! :)
Thanks for the advice, Laura!
Jon - Looking forward to hearing about it, Jon. I emailed you; see you at Skype tomorrow!
Hilary - Seriously! I love the way you write!
Lola - Yes, I regularly have a cookie with my breakfast! That is one I think might be easy to cut out... And I feel so guilty with my wins, so want to give others a chance! :)
Thank you for the wonderful support and advice, Jama!!

Candyland said...

I couldn't do the math on your weight loss/gain so I'll just say congrats??

Kelly said...

Candace - Well, let's just say the congrats would be for eating two donuts in five minutes but not for weight loss. ;)

cleemckenzie said...

Rats about the book idea, Kelly. Great idea and you had it, so that has to make you feel good. Wish you'd gotten it accepted first.

I'm reading three books at a time.
Shiver, The Huntress and The Girl Next Door. Have to learn to focus. ADD has me by the throat.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

I have become such a slow reader in my old age! And I only read the things that are thrilling me. I finished Sapphique last weekend. Needless to say it thrilled me. But I found it so interesting that it did not thrill others. Hmmm...

Lydia K said...

I've thought of books with themes that I found out were too overdone, and that was a bummer.

keep up the healthy dieting! I hope you get to your goal.

Kim Kasch said...

They say "there's no new idea". We just have to find a way to say it in a new way.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bummer someone beat you to it! Hey, is an endorsement from Iggy Pop really worth all that? I mean really!
The A to Z Challenge hit 500 participants last night! We are stoked.

Kelly H-Y said...

Ughhh, that is SO frustrating! It's happened, but not via a published celebrity book. I submitted a manuscript that a publisher loved, BUT they'd just signed on another individual with a similar theme, and ended up deciding they better not publish mine.
BUT, to see it written by someone in the industry that has such easy access to getting a book published ... that's SO frustrating! I'm sorry. I think you should go for it and try submitting again, since it sounds like the writing itself is very different.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Aw honey, I love you. I'm so sorry about that picture book. That is so hard!! I'm sure that the guy being in the music industry helped him sell it. I say hold on to this book. You may get just the right break. I think it's a marvelous idea.

Congrats on your wins, girlie. You are so lucky!


OMG!! Best present ever! No one's ever given me Jared. Such an amazing song, too. Touches so deep. Thank you so much!!! This week has been incredible.

I'm so glad to know you, sweet.

Theresa Milstein said...

Sorry about the picture book idea.

I'm so excited about WriteOnCon. I'll have to make sure to keep that time open. Last year's was great!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Kelly said...

Lee - I'm not sure I could read three at a time! You go!
Tina- Ha ha! I need to go to bed thirty minutes earlier to make sure I get my reading in. I so enjoy it, I just have to schedule it!
Thanks, Lydia! I hope I do too!
So true, Kim!
Wow, Alex. That's huge!!!
Thanks for the support and advice, Kelly!
Carol - I'm still jumping up and down thrilled for you, girl!!
Theresa - So amazing for those ladies to put together so many great events for us writers.

Arcita said...

very cool blog you have here. i like. also, i'm very happy to see that you're doing something to better yourself with that biggest loser challenge. if you've not heard of KETO then i just wrote up a guide to it. i think you'll find it really interesting if you're into losing weight right now.

anyway, following. looking forward to more posts.

Anonymous said...

I think of that scene in the original Woodstock movie where a lady gave birth and someone onstage announce it saying this was going to be one groovy baby. Anyway, its frustrating to find out someone else already did what you set out to do. But we all find our niche! Happy niching.

DEZMOND said...

maybe they did steal your idea, we should sue them and take millions :) I will be satisfied with 30% as your PR :))))

Rena said...

That's happened to me, too. Your book sounds awesome though and you know I would totally buy it. Keep trying, Kelly!!!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Ugh, this happened to me too with a novel. I wrote it, loved it and then about a year later realized that a very simiar movie was coming out (based on another book). Ugh. Anyway, good luck with your challenge!!!

Tracey Neithercott said...

Sorry about the picture book. I love that idea! You should definitely hang onto it.

Oh, and I used to be addicted to sugar (I ate dessert after lunch and dinner and had a midday sweet snack.) I gave it up, which was terribly hard for about a week. Maybe two. I had massive cravings and a killer headache. About two weeks in I broke down and ate a cookie. Or, really, part of a cookie. It was sweet I couldn't even eat half. After that, it was so easy. I didn't even get tempted when my husband ate candy right in front of me. Now fruits taste about a million times sweeter than they used to. So it's possible to retrain your sweet tooth. Good luck!

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, so sorry about the book. I haven't had it happen to me, but I know a couple of other people who have similar stories.

Go you in the Biggest Loser challenge!

MG Higgins said...

You've got such cool stuff going on, Kelly! I hope that makes up a little for the PB situation, but I know it still stings. Enjoy all your new books! I'm jealous! (Although I don't think I entered any of these contests, so I shouldn't be jealous.)

Kiki Hamilton said...

I love your rock n roll ABC idea! One way to find out if there is interest is to write it and submit it! Now that you know what the competition is - make yours unique and different!

I had a dream about a PB story once and woke up and was so excited (even though I don't write PB's) and googled it and somebody had written something almost identical 15 years earlier. There was no way I'd ever seen it. Weird, huh?

I laughed at your diet story. Gained a pound. that's me too. ugh. 5 desserts a day - try 1/2 pound of chocolate. oy. But I'm using this site right now and it's really pretty awesome:

Anita said...

A bet your book is so much better! I wonder if you could publish it as an ebook? I'm not sure about the legalities of naming bands and things, though...hmmm...did the other book do that? The thing is, you've got great ideas, and the right one will come along for you (and maybe Jonathon?).

Jude said...

Good luck on your Biggest Loser goals! It's totally doable :) I have faith in you!

And sigh <3 Jared Leto <3

Natalie Aguirre said...

I loved Hilary's book. I just finished it.

Yes, I've had that happen. I wrote some things in my fantasy novel and had to take them out when I saw them in Harry Potter. It's hard.

Good luck on the weight loss. I'm trying to exercise more too.

storyqueen said...

Yes, it has happened to me....again and again. The latest one I just saw the other day. I had written a story called The Cemetery Dog and what do I see coming out this summer? Bone Dog.



Anonymous said...

I loved NIGHTSHADE CITY and I'm so happy for Carol.

I'm sorry about the alphabet book. Similar books are bound to happen. :(

Suzanne Casamento said...

I love that you put up my boyfriend's video. ;)

And I LOVE your ABC rock book idea! I think it's genius!

I'd totally polish it up and send it out. Maybe see if you can get it to one of the publishers who is creating picture book apps? Perhaps they could combine audio clips with the text. You know, like play an Aerosmith song behind the "A is Aerosmith..." Although it would probably cost a ton to license the music - don't know how that would work. But it's not your job to figure that part out, is it? ;)

taio said...


Kelly Moran said...

Oh, that sucks!!!

great post.

I woke up Sunday a.m. to find my blog, my 500 plus followers, my 100plus author interviews, and my 200 plus reviews gone. Blogger gave no explanation, but I think the account was hacked. Change your password often!

I have reloaded the interviews and reviews, plus redesigned the blog. But if you could, please hit the "follow" button so I can reclaim the fellow bloggers I miss. I'm still following you, as my account remained--thank goodness!

Thank you!
Kelly Moran

Solvang Sherrie said...

Omigosh, LOVE the video! I have adored that boy since My So Called Life. (And of course, considering my age and his, I feel like a total perv even saying that!)

I have totally had the same thing happen to me. On more than one occasion. I obviously need to write faster!

Her highness, Samantha Vérant said...

I love the rock and roll picture book! And I want one!! Who is Z? The zombies? X? Would that be XTC? BTW: I'm dieting too, but not part of the challenge. I'm thinking about blogging about it tomorrow. I sersly gained, like, 12 kilos (sounds better) when I moved to France...GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Cindy Blog-A-Liddle said...

I've also written stories, only to find later that someone came out with such a similar book that it looks like I could have plagiarized the idea (or they stole the idea from inside my head).

It happens to so many of us, but we have to hope our stories are better and different enough to succeed with similar books already out there.

Good luck with the diet.

Susan Fields said...

I'd love to have a copy of Liar Society, but chocolate covered Twizzlers? That just sounds wrong - lol! Sometimes I feel guilty about all my blog wins and bow out for a little while, too, but then I always get right back at it.

And I think your rock-n-roll book idea sounds awesome! I would keep persuing it.

Susan Fields said...

Oops, I mean pursuing it.

Missed Periods said...

I love your book idea. Seriously. I think you should still pursue it. Maybe you just need to get a rock 'n roll celebrity endorsement.

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