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We’ve had another busy month at litdotorg.

First, the news I’m sure everyone has been waiting to hear: I finished my manuscript! I beat my deadline by two weeks, and soon it will be in production. I’m scheduled for publication in the winter of 2010, and I couldn’t be happier. I would like to thank each of you who extended your support during my writing process. As soon as the title is finalized, I will update everyone so you can be on the lookout for it.

My pen is not resting! The same day that I sent the manuscript to my publisher (Inner Traditions), I outlined my next project, which is another collection of short stories based on ancient Yoruba myths. I’m also researching historical background for my first novel. A writer’s work is never done, and I hope each of you is busy working on your own special writing projects, as am I.

As I begin work on my first novel, I will take the next step in my professional development – the acquisition of a literary agent. I know we have a few agented authors among our ranks at litdotorg, so if any of you are reading this newsletter and have helpful hints, I’d be more than happy to have them. When I have a few sample chapters and a proposal written, I’ll be making the rounds to various literary agencies, and I’ll share my successes and dead ends with you. Hopefully, this will be a learning process from which we can all benefit.

I’d also like to announce a recent success by one of our columnists: Sandra Yuen Mackay. For months, she’s been writing a column for Majestic titled “Musings.” While writing for us at litdotorg, she’s been working on her own personal project, a short novella called “Hell’s Fire.” Bewildering Stories has her work slated for publication in the late summer/early fall. She describes it as sci-fi, but admits it has elements of westerns, dramas, and romance as well. Her description of the work is, “With the threat of earth’s destruction looming, Johnny Riggs goes on a mission to save his supernaturally gifted daughter Annie from alien abduction.” Sandra also has another project in acquisitions with Bewildering Stories. As the date for her novella’s publication approaches, we’ll keep everyone informed, and provide a link so our members can see what other wonderful projects our columnists work on in their spare time.

A few other notes:

I would like to encourage our members to take advantage of our monthly Writing Challenge. It is a chance for all members to show off their literary skills, and have their peers rate their work on a scale of 1 – 10. It’s a friendly competition, and gives everyone the chance to grow.

Unless plans have changed, TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo has agreed to take over a litdotorg staple, Exposed! Very soon, she might be contacting some of our members for interviews. As time permits, I will be helping and guiding her with this process. Exposed! is a wonderful opportunity for writer-exposure, and it also helps other members know who is who among our ranks. I encourage each of you to participate as the opportunity arrives.

Also, I am still looking for a volunteer to handle the Write-off section of litdotorg. If anyone has the courage and stamina to take over this litdotorg staple, please email me privately. We will highlight the submissions in each issue of Majestic.

And, as always, I am looking for more columnists for our newsletter Majestic. If you have an idea for a regular monthly column, and the dedication and commitment to turn out regular prose each month, contact me here through PM or email. Or, if you would like to write a regular monthly column, but don’t have any ideas, contact me anyway and we’ll figure out where your strengths are. Bit-by-bit, litdotorg is again becoming a strong writer’s resource on the web, and I would love to have everyone’s participation as we grow.

Keep writing!

Ócháni Lele

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The following comments are for "From the Editor's Desk"
by OchaniLele

@ OchaniLele
Congrats on finishing your manuscript. It's great you are already working on new writing! You're going strong! Strike while the iron is hot!
Thanks for sharing news about my novella. I don't know if my second story will be accepted but we'll see!


( Posted by: sandra [Member] On: June 1, 2009 )

Congrats on the manuscript what a great effort on your part! I love your energy, drive and positive feedback to all members. You are a great mentor and I am hoping many good things will be reflected back to you in future including an excellent agent. All the best, Gale.

( Posted by: Gale [Member] On: June 1, 2009 )

@ everyone
It seems that a few email servers are blocking our newsletter as spam. I'm not sure why.

Over the next few weeks, I'll be doing some research and looking into this. It seems every email provider has its own process for whitelisting.

If anyone can provide any technical help or advice, I'd be glad to have it.


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: June 2, 2009 )

Yes, Stuart, I am still in to do the EXPOSED interviews for the Lit.Org members, but just let me get through this big Bridezilla wedding coming up this month for my daughter, Tasha, big bash, bridal shower done, lots of planning still, good stress but still stress just the same... and when I am calm and Buddha mind centered again...I will begin the process. EXPOSED will be fun to do...

Does anyone have any nominees, someone you want to hear about, vote for, etc.? Or, how about if YOU want to volunteer yourself to be on list of those interviewed in the near future this year, that's OK too? Don't be shy;-)

With ALL love,

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: June 3, 2009 )

Expose Beckett Grey!
After all, dude's got 375 posts here at Litdotorg - most of them in extensive series form. (I bow before his superior attention span!) For that matter, he has apparently gotten himself published in the past. (It's amazing what you can find out there on the interwebs!)

Most important of all though - he writes really good stories! How DOES he do it???

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: June 3, 2009 )

@ Everyone
Around newsletter time, it seems some of the old members come back through our pages to read what's written around these parts. We also see a lot of new members signing up.

Please: If you're here reading, and you're able, leave a quick note in the comment-section just to say, "I was here, and I read this."

I really want our authors to see that people ARE reading their work.

And, if all else fails, everyone can just look at the "viewed: # times" thing by their names and titles. It shows how many people have accessed your work.


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: June 4, 2009 )

By the way:
Try this link:

It's called "lookshelves," and it's a peek at bookshelves from readers all over the world.

This week, they posted my bookshelf. It's called "A rum and coke and writing bookshelf."

Just something mindless and fun. Everyone should try it. You can tell a lot about a person from his or her bookshelves.


( Posted by: OchaniLele [Member] On: June 4, 2009 )

EXPOSED...(coming soon)
After the big wedding and the de-stressing of the big event coming up this weekend, I will start with plans for doing the interviewing for EXPOSED. Thank you for the nomination of Beckett Grey, LinnieRed. If Beckett Grey wants to be seriously considered, he needs to contact me at:

Anyone else with nominations? Anyone else interested in being interviewed needs to contact me as well---but I will not be starting the interviewing until July. It will involve a series of emails exchanges, so yes, you will have to give up your email which I will keep confidential, etc.---and Stuart is going to be making some suggestions to me as to how to proceed in the reviving of the EXPOSED section, I am new to this.


Tashi Delek,

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: June 16, 2009 )

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