via GIPHY Since spring of 2011, I have been working on a project that has taken many forms throughout the years and stood as my education in WRITING. It started first as BENEATH THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK, a book with little plot coherency, horrible pacing, and a word count of fewer than 50,000 words when its… Read More Zero to Hero?
Random Human: How’s your 2017 going? Me: via GIPHY Jokes aside, 2017 is almost over and let me just say it has been a RIDE. While politically I have been eternally screaming since November of 2016, professionally my life has been leading me in SO many new and exciting directions. First things first, just like last… Read More Make Friends with Other Writers – a Memoir of Success 😉
I “finally” received a response from the literary agent who requested my full in early July. It was a no, but not even just a no, but the dreaded form rejection. I won’t lie and say that wasn’t completely disheartening—or rather like a punch to the gut by John Cena, and John Cena loves everyone.… Read More Rejection Though…
Every aspiring writer, or at least every querying writer, has faced the dreaded CNR—Closed No Response. For newbies, that means you queried an agent and after a certain number of months you closed out the query because you received no response. CNR often comes from agencies who bluntly state something like the following: “due to the… Read More Closed No Response: Why it’s the New Trend
Let’s return to April Fool’s of 2016, back when I was innocent creative unaware of the brutality of the publishing world. I had just finished the “final touches” on the sixth draft of my novel RED SKY AT MORNING and with my hastily pulled together query, I believed I was ready! *FORCED SMILE* The morning… Read More Writer’s Rejection: My Journey
In part one of this series, we discussed how to write a query letter that won’t make an agent say, “ick!” Today we will be discussing sample pages, a crucial piece to many a query. Sample pages can make or break a project. In my case, I had a well-working query, but poor sample pages.… Read More 10 Ways to Avoid Agent Rejection while Querying (Part II: Sample Pages)
June of this year, I was lucky enough to attend the Lighthouse Literary Festival in Denver, CO. It was in invaluable in educating me about querying, writing, and publication. I paid the hefty price of $300 for two weeks of business seminars and a twenty-minute meeting with the amazing literary agent Kristin Nelson. Here’s a… Read More Attending Literary Festivals and Conferences