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My 100 Book Year: Stats and Reflections

In 2014, I set a goal of 50 books for the year, and managed 34.  When discussing our reading goals for the following year, I set it at 100, because I am clearly insane.  I trailed behind pace for most of the year, but with a massive push to the end and helped by a...

First Comes Query, Then Comes Draft?

First Comes Query, Then Comes Draft?

I think I’m starting to sniff around my concept for this year’s NaNoWriMo.  It started with the kind of question you ask yourself after reading the same trope for the fourth time in a row, then became something I thought I might be able to explore.  Once it started looking like it would be A Thing, I opened up a document to start tracking my thoughts.

This document isn’t in with my manuscript drafts.  It’s not with my character worksheets, my outlines, or my random research snippets.  It’s in my queries.

It sounds kind of crazy, right?  The query (or blurb/back cover copy if you’re self-publishing or already agented) is something you’re not worrying about until you’ve gone through several rounds of drafts and revisions.  Certainly, it is the highest of high crimes to send out a query for something that’s not fully complete and polished; sending out one for something that hasn’t even been started would probably have an agent checking to see if she’s developed the power to light you on fire with her mind.

We’re not talking about sending the query, though.  Just writing it.  And it’s something I’ve found to be tremendously helpful.  Really, it’s just another approach to outlining, and one that’s quite appealing to me as an inveterate pantser.

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On Moving to the Shelf

On Moving to the Shelf

Well, here we are.  I've just sent off the last query letter for Ignition. Mind you, this doesn't mean I'm withdrawing the project, or that I'm scraping the bottom of the vodka bottle.  (That might not be the right idiom.)  The order of my list was more about when I...

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The Reading List

Here’s a rundown of stuff online that I dig.  Clicky for more details!

 Writing Stuff

Agent Savant

BookEnds, LLC *

Confessions of a Wandering Heart

Janet Reid, Literary Agent

Miss Snark *

Pub Rants

Query Shark

Rachelle Gardner

The Review Hart

Sarah Negovitch

SlushPile Hell

Terrible Minds

TV Tropes

Writer’s Digest

WTF Bad Fantasy Covers

WTF Bad Romance Covers

Not Writing Stuff

Amy Mebberson

Cinema Sins

The Comics Curmudgeon

Darths and Droids

Dear Prudence

Disney Gents from Last Night

Disney Ladies from Last Night

DM of the Rings *

Heal Yourself, Skeletor

Least I Could Do

Narbonic *

The Order of the Stick

Questionable Content

Scandinavia and the World

Skin Horse

Two Lumps

XKCD

Zero Punctuation

* No longer updated, but archives of awesome

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Other online hangouts:

Goodreads

NaNoWriMo

Offscript Studios on Etsy

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