Thursday, November 17, 2022

CO Gold Conference, YouTube Interview, Pitch to Hadley Ramsay


I had a great time teaching at the Colorado Gold Conference!  They had a new venue this year. It was perfect, rooms conveniently all on one floor. 

I met quite a few authors after each of my three workshops, was unexpectedly hired on the spot to do some freelance editing. I met with international and film adaptation scout Hadley Ramsay and will follow up on her interest in my current project. After my own interview on YouTube and the RMFW podcast with Mark Stevens, he directed me to a link to her interview with him and I discovered that the trends she's seeing in the industry match up well with several projects I have to offer.  Solo and collaborative (two with Sister of the Quill Janet Fogg Extraordinaire!) I'm about to send my log lines, contest wins,  reviews and praise from publishers Weekly, BlueCat, Page Awards, Huffington Post, Writer’s Digest, and Amazon top 1000 Vine Reviewers.

I'll look forward to hearing from Ms. Ramsay in response to my novel and screenplay pitches.  

Here's the link to my YouTube Interview about Agents,  the ups and downs of having an agent (forgive nervous-Karen beginning, it gets better). 

To all my writer friends, I have been going to this RMFW event for years now. I highly recommend attending the annual CO Gold Conference! Thank you to all those who put their time in and expertise out there. And to Mark Stevens for inviting me to be interviewed about my experience with literary agents.

Monday, March 1, 2021

 

COVER REVEAL!

Very excited! Today is the big Cover Reveal for the Pikes Peak Writers' first anthology, Fresh Starts. I'm honored that my essay, After Grandpa Died, joins other creative pieces with that theme. We can all use the hope of a fresh start right now. Release date is April 9th!



And here is the front and back:


Gorgeous right?

Stay tuned!

from the Inkpot


Sunday, February 28, 2021

 

Very excited! Tomorrow is the big Cover Reveal for the Pikes Peak Writers' first anthology, Fresh Starts. I'm honored that one of my essays, After Grandpa Died, joins other creative pieces with that theme. We can all use the hope of a fresh start right now. Release date is April 9th!



Stay tuned for the cover!

- from the Inkpot!

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Mu Shu Mac & Cheese now available!

 

I'm thrilled to announce the birth of my new book, Mu Shu Mac & Cheese. "It interweaves the subtle relationships of family with food and Chinese culture, with liberal dashes of humor." 

You can order it here. 




I hope readers will find it to be a lighthearted escape from the trials we're living through during this pandemic.

More on the book:

With her household the focus of a TV reality show, food writer Elaine’s professional dreams are about to come true. But her dominating Chinese mother-in-law's unexpected arrival blends the filming with more than a dash of culture clash. All too soon, Ma wants to chaperone Elaine’s son to prom and otherwise brings the household's pot to a full boil.



Mu Shu Mac & Cheese explores how far a corn-grown foodie will go to save her family's happy life from being sliced and diced. It’s Julia Child meets My Big Fat CHINESE Wedding.


It was inspired by my marrying into a Chinese family.       



Having two books out in one summer is remarkable. It took me a long time to decide to self publish. Now I'm happy I did!     




You'll find a photo of my mother-in-law in the book, an inspiration for this story.  If you decide to read it, please let me know what you think!  


Thank you to my son, Zach, for designing the cover for both of my novels!

            Love from the Inkpot!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

My Book Out and the Question: Should I Write Different Genres?


My book American Moon: A Chinese Immigrant Story is now for sale on AMAZON!!!





Writers say that the more books they have, the more they sell.  Their fans are often hungry and will even go back and buy previous books they've written. 

Then there's the writer like me who write in different genres.  It's not as easy... someone like me has to build different fan bases.  Those who like American Moon won't necessarily enjoy Mu Shu Mac-N-Cheese and vice versa.  Then there's my literary cookbook that will be more for foodies and people who love folktales from around the world.  Sure, food runs through all of them (guess that might be considered my brand) but different genres have different fans.  And I won't even discuss my screenwriting. So my enjoyment of writing different types of books is fun for me but a self-sabotage in a way.  I'm not down because of it, just aware of it.

Funny,  I even started a screenplay that takes place on a cruise ship that has the same characters on board but goes piece by piece (about 10-15 pages each) in a variety of genres,  a section that's a romance,  another that is horror etc.  It's super fun for me, but it may be a turn off to others because those who like the horror section may not like the romance part.  So again, no clear fan base.  I'm not sure anybody else has gone this route with any success without an already established fan base and, even those, without using pseudonyms. 
 I did make use of it for a long time in my paid BTS Book Reviews column entitled Karen’s Writing Detours

Silly me... but writing in different genres was my instinct/natural inclination.  For now, until something takes off so big I can't resist continuing with it, I'll let it be what it is.


I'd love it if you'd give my novel a try.  It was inspired by my husband's family's experience escaping Chinese Communism, his father's time on death row, a life of poverty in Taiwan until the family makes its way to America where they find the moon isn't always brighter as they thought. I'd love to have you as one of my readers! And to hear your honest thoughts about the book!

From the Inkpot 

Karen Albright Lin

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Elevating to the Profound



I nightly enjoy another episode of Outlander and I'm awestruck by its brilliance (except for one or two episodes out of dozens), about how they lift the everyday into the extraordinary. They’re always elevating things to the profound by invoking standing stones, oceans, the passage of time, life and death, etc. There’s also a lot of blood (because she’s a surgeon, and because of battles) and sex, which seems to ground everything into the most basic and relevant things. I am daily humiliated by the brilliance of what Diana Gabaldon has done, and I think every day. Ditto The Weight of Ink, the book that Unlocked might have been.  I can either give up and feel bad that I’m not as talented and skilled as those authors are, or I can make it happen with the best I’ve got. That’s how I get back to my desk every day.

In other words, feeling your pain, and seconding it.

I’m also really aware that it’s not appropriate for all works to constantly hark back to that level of the elements, eternity, profundity, etc. Every work is different, so there’s plenty of room for us to create our own blend of brilliance... :-)

Strength, patience, and perseverance to us all!

Storm Petrel

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Four Primary Reasons Characters Don't Work



Sometimes a book falls flat.  We read for emotions...which means we read for character.  When editing for my clients, I notice a few things about characters that don't quite work.
I found 4 main reasons characters don't work for me:

- Generic action that could be performed by any character.
- Average dialogue.
- Slow opening scene.
- Uninteresting situation/premise.
 
Check for these things and maybe it will help improve your chances for a great sale, screenplay or novel...!