Query: how not to write one.

Okay, I’ve discovered how not to write a query. Actually first attempt wasn’t *that* bad, but it wasn’t good either. On my fourth (?) draft and I think this is better. Shows a bit of character arc, where the plot goes and what makes my story unique. Thanks Cherise!

Here’s what I learned:

The middle paragraph should sound very back of book blurb-ish, not a dry recounting of the beginning story line.  Tell a little about the two main character’s conflict and what obstacles they are facing. Set up a little of the world they are in to show it is different and unique, particularly if it impacts their interaction.

Once I have it done, I may post that part here to get feed back, see if you would be interested in the book.

Right now, though, the current plan is to send everything off tomorrow. Hopefully my head cold will cooperate and I’ll be able to concentrate tonight on wrapping things up.

I entered my first ever ‘pitch’ contest and…

I entered my first ever pitch contest over at Savvy Authors and have been asked for a partial and a query. (insert crazy happy dance here!!!)

Partial not so much the issue, but, gulp…a query?… um, NEED TO WRITE ONE!

I cannot tell you how very, very glad I am to have the support of my crit group ERA right now!

Happy/scared/excited.

Wonderful post by crit buddy KevaD on Critique Groups. (via Some Write It Hot)

If you are on the fence, or simply thinking about it, I suggest you give this a read. Keva hits the nail on the head as to why, for so many writers, critique groups are vital to bring their work up to the level accepted by agents and publishers.

I especially urge writers who have a pile of rejections to read Keva’s post. I think you’ll find it enlightening.

I’ve seen this question posed and discussed in various chat rooms, blogs, and sites. Given my experience with and without a critiquing group to support my efforts, I’m going to weigh in on the answer here and now. Grab a Pepsi or a glass of wine. I’m never short-winded. For two years I wrote and submitted my work to agents and publishers, knowing I would receive the literary brass ring in response at any moment. How could they not see I was the n … Read More

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Twitter me this…

Having recently joined the twitter ranks, I’ve come to realize two things:

One: For some people it’s  a stream of consciousness experience. Fortunately the person I follow who tweets/retweets the MOST (cough, cough, Lauren Dane) I find funny and interesting (and has very similar outlook to mine so her political posts crack me up).  However, I can totally see where this would be majorly annoying if I were on a different page.

Two: Weird Al is funny no matter what medium he uses. A recent post cracked me up and his twitpics are priceless: If you had told me when I was a kid that one day the President would be following me on Twitter, I would have said… “WTF is Twitter?”

Curious how other newbies have found their twitter experience.

@EllieWrites2

WOW! Great post of a real life story by Amanda Enayati

I still don’t know what I like most about this story. Her perseverance?  Her background story? Her prose?

Amanda Enayati’s  story just resonates. I have to say I appreciate that, although she did all this work, she didn’t confront the person herself.

But in her sharing those inner moments about feeling so terribly violated by this guy and what he did, her prose there is just fantastic. The cringing and her anger at being put in a place where she felt like cringing – and her fight back – that’s what I like most.

My relentless pursuit of the guy who robbed me.

The Distraction of New Ideas–Part Two (via Some Write It Hot)

I’m at it again over at Some Write it Hot!!

The Distraction of New Ideas–Part Two Last time I talked about getting rid of those top of the brain new story ideas which are clamoring for attention while you are trying to write. And I mentioned I tend to save a note, perhaps the scene with three or four tag line ideas as to why it happened or a short paragraph if there’s a more solid story racing around. This is because for me, ideas come in one of two categories, scenarios I wonder about and people I see doing things and I wonde … Read More

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“Traditional” E-pub vs Self E-pub

Over at Some Write it Hot, Evanne Lorraine shares some thoughts on going the ‘traditional’ e-publishing route vs. self e-publishing.

In the full interests of disclaimers: I am always, always leery of people who *first* go the self epub route. Personally, I don’t recommend it. If your stories are continually getting rejected that’s usually a sign your writing still needs work. I say ‘stories’ because I simply can’t imagine some jumping on the self epub band wagon based on one story’s rejection, that, to me is the height of self delusion.

Obviously there will be exceptions to any rule,  but for the vast majority of writers, unfortunately the harsh truth is they are getting rejected because their writing is not of the caliber they think it is.

That said, I am far less leery of someone who has run the gauntlet of getting pubbed, particularly if they are multi-book pubbed, going the self epub route. As Evanne says, there types and genres of stories which epubs look for and when you have something which cannot be conveniently slotted, well, you are stuck.

I hope her venture into self e-publishing goes well.  A Scarlet Past, is scheduled for release this November direct to Kindle via Amazon’s digital platform. I’m certain she’ll update us!

Queering SFF – LOVE THIS POST!

I came across this the other day, and I love, love, love this post.

I’m not sure the etiquette here, so I’ll simply link you to the TOR BLOG by Brit Mandelo.

She as written a really good summary on both do you/should you write a sex scene in ‘Queer SFF’ as well as some really helpful information for aspiring authors on ‘heat’ i.e. levels of sex scenes and the general parameters for each.

Go, take a look. Let me know what you think.

Quote from one of my favorite parts:

The excuse that a book isn’t worth reading solely because it contains queer sex is homophobic. Cushion it however one may, it is. The fear and disgust that motivates a reader to avoid a book about a queer character has a definitive root, and it isn’t prudishness. (Especially considering that the physical acts being performed in those scenes are frequently the same acts that one might find in straight sex scenes.)

The thing is, you-the-writer can’t win over those readers anyway. It doesn’t usually even matter how graphic your sex is or if you fade to black: someone who is terrified of encountering a queer sex scene in a book is not going to read a book about a queer character.

Really, scope it out!

How did I miss Cherise Sinclair?

Cherise, along with Amber Green, is one of my long time writing buddies over at ERA. And… somehow I missed her interview over at Some Like it Hot!

They write much, much hotter pieces than I do! I do like that about ERA, not only are there lots of different levels of ‘heat’, along with acceptance of all types of romance (m/f, m/m, menage and more), there’s an opportunity to meet and work with some really great authors.

Such a great group!