Sunday, September 02, 2012

50th party blog guest - Wendy S. Marcus

Wendy S. Marcus is a relatively new friend – I met her through the M&B medical authors’ email loop when she sold her first book, and I love her positive, bouncy attitude :o) And she writes super books, too. Oh, and we have dogs in common (she has a bichon frise). And when we eventually get to meet, I’m sure we’ll get on really well.

Over to Wendy:

I’d Be Happy If I Could Just…

By: Wendy S. Marcus


Hello Kate and friends! I am thrilled to participate in Kate’s 50th book celebration. 50 books! That is quite an accomplishment. One I’d like to reach someday…


Which brings me to the topic of this post.

Complete the following sentence:

I’d be happy if I could just…

Let me help you get started by sharing some of my personal favorites:

- read all day without being interrupted.
- find a good critique partner.
- get published.
- hold a copy of my book in my hands.
- see a copy of my book on store shelves.
- earn a decent living working as a full time writer
- get 100 hits per day on my website.
- reach 500 likes on Facebook.
- reach 1,000 followers on Twitter.
- finish this book I’m working on.
- get Book of the Month on a Mills and Boon website.
- write as fast as _________________.
- win a writing contest.
- win a Rita.
- break the top 100 in sales on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble.
- make the USA Today and/or New York Times Bestseller list.
- be as popular as ______________.


Do you see where I’m headed? There’s always something more to strive for, something just out of our reach, something someone else has achieved that we want. And if we don’t take the time to celebrate and find happiness in each of our accomplishments, no matter how small, we will forever be waiting to find fulfillment. In our careers. In our lives.

We need to spend more time completing this sentence:

I’m so proud I _______________________.

Again I’ll share some of my personal favorites:

- managed to write every day, no matter what.
- met my word goal for the day.
- met my contest/agent/editor submission goal for the day.
- completed a workshop/read a craft book to make me a better writer.
- worked through the murky middle of my manuscript to reach The End.
- met my deadline. (Self or agent/editor imposed.)
- revised and edited to make my story better.
- did not let that rejection letter make me quit.
- did not give up until I achieved my goal of publication.

Now I’d like to hear from you. Please complete the following TWO sentences to be entered into a drawing for one of my books, your choice, from the three already published, or my coming soon books. Check them out here: http://wendysmarcus.com/

Remember, you have to complete both sentences to be entered into the drawing. And check back in three days to see if you’re the winner.

1) I’d be happy if I could just _______________________.
2) I’m so proud I _________________________________.

Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me today. Let’s keep in touch!

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Wendy-S-Marcus-Author-Page/184507031577429
Find me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/WendySMarcus
Find me on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4823224.Wendy_S_Marcus

29 comments:

Eli Yanti said...
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Eli Yanti said...

1) I’d be happy if I could just make my mom happy :)
2) I’m so proud I can do a good thing to other people :)

Aimee Carson said...

Yay, Wendy! Your blog posts are always so inspiring. So here are my answers:

1)I'd be happy if I could just write a blog post as inspiring as Wendy's.

2)I'm so proud I'm up at 5 am and working on a Sunday morning. Okay, so I'll get to work AFTER this blog visit :)

Laney4 said...

Hi, Wendy! It's good to "see" you here!
1) I’d be happy if I could just sleep well enough/long enough not to wake up tired.
2) I’m so proud I am able to be there for friends and family (when needed).
These were the first two things that came to mind. I used to write these things in a "grateful journal" (thank you, Oprah), so now I am able to think of dozens of things daily.

Paula Martin said...

Hi Kate and Wendy
1) I'd be happy if I could go away somewhere next month while my study is being redecorated (because it's going to be total chaos until it's finished!)
2) I'm so proud I didn't give up with my current novel when it didn't seem to be going right.

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Eli!
Making moms happy is a biggie. (Although not always easy!) And great job doing good things for other people.

Thanks for stopping by! You are entered in the drawing!

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Aimee!
You're so sweet! And I'd be proud, too, if I got up to write at 5 a.m. in the morning. Or if I had half your focus and drive!!!

Thanks for stopping by. You're entered in the drawing!

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Laney4!
It's great to *see* you here, too!!! Since I didn't sleep too good last night either, I understand yearning to wake up rested. And I am all for doing things for friends and family!

Thanks for stopping by! You are entered into the drawing.

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Paula!
Working from home is the main reason I put off any in-home projects that require workmen/women to come into my home. My dog goes nuts and it is so difficult to get anything done. But the end result is always worth it! I'm so proud you didn't give up on your manuscript, too!

Thanks for stopping by. You are entered into the drawing.

Lynne Marshall said...

Hi Wendy!
Great blog.
I AM happy because I woke up today and got out of bed! Everything works.

I'm proud that I am a writer.

Never, ever saw that one coming down the pike when i grew up.

:)

Karina Buchanan said...
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Karina Buchanan said...

Hi Kate and Wendy :)

1) I'd be so happy if I could have just one more day with my mum

2) I'm so proud I am pursuing my dreams

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Lynne!
Waking up is good. Everything working is even better!

Thanks for stopping by! You are entered into the drawing!

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Karina!
I'd be thrilled if I could spend one more day with my mom, too. And pursuing your dreams is something to be proud of!

Thanks for stopping by! You are entered into the drawing.

Caroline said...

Hi Wendy - great blog post. Good to see you here at Kate's 50th book blog party. I *love* your responses to the two statements that you have posed! Here are mine

1) I’d be happy if I could just stop procrastinating!
2) I’m so proud I get to kiss my family goodnight every night .

Caroline x

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Caroline!
Re: procrastination -- You and me both!!!!

Thanks for stopping by! You are entered into the drawing.

PrincessFiona01 said...

1.I'd be happy if I could just keep up with all the books I want to read.
2.I'd be proud if I could write a book worthy to be on a shelf beside yours (Kate and Wendy)

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Fiona!
Keeping up with all the books I want to read is a major problem for me, too! And thank you for the compliment! I look forward to the day you have a book next to mine and Kate's.

Thank you for stopping by! You are entered in the drawing.

bn100 said...

Nice post.

1) I’d be happy if I could just read all day.
2) I’m so proud I have a caring family.

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi bn100!
I'm with you on wanting to read all day! And a caring family is definitely something to be proud of!

Thank you for stopping by! You are entered in the drawing.

Fiona Lowe said...

Wendy, I am happy because the sun is shining and SPRING is in the air!

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Fiona!
I'm happy you're happy about Spring in the air by you. But that means winter is coming by me. And I am NOT happy about that!

Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I'd be happy if I could learn to surf.

I'm so proud to have ever been published.

Susan Carlisle

Maria Mohan said...

Coming in late, but I'm entering anyway.

I'd be so happy if I could have a couple of days of uninterrupted reading and writing (sigh).

I'm so proud that I've written an 80k novel and that I've had four short stories published.

Maria Mohan said...

Coming in late, but I'm entering anyway.

I'd be so happy if I could have a couple of days of uninterrupted reading and writing (sigh).

I'm so proud that I've written an 80k novel and that I've had four short stories published.

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Susan!
Surfing looks like fun...but you'd never find me out there!

Thanks for stopping by! You're entered in the drawing.

Wendy S. Marcus said...

Hi Maria!
I'm with you on longing for some uninterrupted reading and writing time. And writing an 80,000 word book is something to be proud of!!! I'd like to get some short stories published someday, too.

Thanks for stopping by! You are entered in the drawing!

Kate Hardy said...

Wendy's daughter picked the name from the hat - Karina Buchanan. Karina, if you'd like to choose a book from Wendy's backlist ( http://WendySMarcus.com ) and then contact her through the contact page of her website, she'll be delighted to send you the book :o)

As you echoed one of my own dearest wishes, I'm giving a copy of The Hidden Heart of Rico Rossi as an extra - please contact me at
kate(dot)hardy(at)btinternet(dot)com with your details, and I'll get everything sorted :o)

Thanks for taking part!

Karina Buchanan said...

Thank you so much! :)