Girls Horse Club Blog

January 17th

Published by • Jan 17th, 2009 • Category: GHC News

THE BARN DOORS ARE OPEN. It’s time to spiff up our new (old) virtual barn for another special guest,  author Jessica Burkhart whose first book series Canterwood Crest released this month. Here’s some background:

Jessica BurkhartHorse-Crazy Jessica started writing at age 14 to fill a void after spinal fusion for severe scoliosis meant she could no longer ride horses. While building her author’s resume with more than 100 articles as a freelancer for teen magazines, Jessica started college at age 16. As a senior at Florida State University she signed up to write a novel in 30 days as part of the National Novel Writing Month. By the time she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English at age 20, she had an agent and a book deal with Simon & Schuster. Go horse girls!

Jessica will be here for an Interactive View to meet y’all and answer your questions from February 7th through 14th. I hope you’re as excited as I am to welcome this talented author and learn more about Canterwood Crest!

BLOG SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN. Many of you know the ground rules, but if you’re new around here and are interested in contributing to GHC as an author, please keep these things in mind:

BE ORIGINAL. There’s a lot of great info on the web that does not need to be re-published here, especially not without attribution to the source. If you’re not clear about where we stand on plagiarism, please read Inspiration vs. Plagiarism. If you’re not sure, your best bet is to forget there’s a ‘copy and paste’ feature on computers, and make sure every sentence in your submission comes out of your head and through your fingers.

AIM HIGH. We have many talented horse girls contributing to GHC. Some have been writing here for nearly 2 years, and they continue to raise the bar higher and higher (go horse girls!).  I don’t expect guest authors to soar over that bar, but the minimum expectation is still high. Just ask our Junior Bloggers — they worked hard to earn a spot on the GHC roster.

FICTION & POETRY SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED (sorry). I know many of you are eager to contribute fiction and poetry, and many of you are eager to read those contributions. The blog has always been a place for non-fiction (occasionally featuring fiction/poetry from GHC competition winners). Since the Loft Book Club is in need of serious repair, I’m thinking about creating a blog area for fiction and poetry. But the only way I can do that is if I have more resources, and right now I don’t. So until I can figure things out, or until something (or someone) comes along to help, I appreciate your patience.


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  1. Thank you so much for inviting me to GHC! I can’t wait for my visit and I’m so excited. I look forward to chatting with you all then. :)

  2. Wow, I have keep an eye out for that series, it sounds very interesting. Welcome Jessica to GHC, and thanks for taking the time to visit! I’m so lucky to be able to meet all these talented authors.

    Thanks for bringing the blog back up and trying so hard with the LBC, LeadMare!

  3. Welcome to GHC, Jessica!

  4. Hi LeadMare: I’m sorry that the book club is gonna be so hard to fix. Thank you so much for what you have done so far. Sincerely, WR

  5. Thanks LeadMare, and welcome to GHC Jessica! I hope to chat with you when you visit again. Your series seems very interesting. Where can we buy them? I guess I’ll have to ask you that question when you visit. :)

    I’ll look forward to chatting with you.


  6. Thanks for the welcome, everyone!

    Mustangmane, Take the Reins will be available at any bookstore in a couple of days. It’s available now online through Barnes and Noble, Amazon and other big retailers. :)

  7. Welcome to GHC Jessica! I’m looking forward to having you here.

    Leadmare, my are the comments closed on my blog, Buying a Horse the Right Way?

  8. Stargazer, thanks for catching that mistake — comments are open now!

  9. LeadMare: I recently submitted a blog. It hasn’t come out yet. Why hasn’t it?

  10. Wild Rose, thanks for your interest in contributing to the blog. See the Frequently Asked Questions in the CASTING CALL FOR BLOGGERS for info that addresses your question.

  11. Holy cow! Jessica you are amazing!!!!
    I’m homeschooled I was wondering if you were(since you graduated so early)too?
    (Please don’t take this as an insult if you aren’t);)

  12. Thanks, LeadMare! That was very helpful in my “Where Is My Blog?” situation.

  13. Hey Jessica! You’re a book writer, I am too! I first started when I was 11. That book wasn’t very good though. Then the summer before I took part in National Writing Month I finished that book (I was 12 then). That November I started a book that I call;

    Adventures at Saddlebrooke Stables:
    Pegasus Summer

    I love to write and I love Horses! See ya around!

  14. Hi, Salina!

    Thanks so much! Yep, I’m a former homeschooler. :) I started in eighth grade and homeschooled through high school. I loved it!

  15. Hi Jessica! Welcome to GHC. I’m homeschooled too!=) That is awesome that you were able to graduate early. I hope to graduate early too. = ) See ya!

  16. I am a homeschooler too! Congrats on the book series Jessica, and welcome!

  17. Welcome Jessica,
    I saw the Canterwood Crest site. It’s really cool! I’m a homeschooler also, by the way!

    Everything looks fantastic around the barn. I was so happy when it came back up, I love this site!

  18. hi jessica! im homeschooled too!!!!:D :D leadmare, i did the latest poll, i would most like to see the loft back up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Oh my goodness, Jessica! I’m a fourteen year old homeschooler from Georgia, and I write all the time! I’ve submitted stories and poems to contests, and am working on several fantasy books for publication!! I am SO excited you are here!!!!!

  20. Wow! I homeschooled up until last year and I loved it!

  21. I’m a homeschooler and I write all the time, too! I’m fifteen and I get to graduate next May!

  22. Holy cow!!!
    I had no idea there were so many homeschoolers besides me!

  23. Hi Jessica!

    I just finished your first book, “Take The Reins”. I loved it!!! I couldn’t put the book down once! I also checked out the website and love it! I cannot wait for your next books, and great job!!!