If you are almost done polishing your MS and are ready to send out queries, get your 35 word pitch ready first and participate in Pitch Madness! Go and find out all about it here at Brenda Drake’s blog. Best of luck to everyone!
I didn’t edit at all yesterday because my two friends came and dragged me out of the house. I hate them. Here is a funny little story by Meg. She has a great blog with lots of entertaining stuff about her adorable kids. Go and visit.
Originally posted on Dear Crazy Kids,:
Yesterday was a snow day. I was texting with your Aunt Bethie (in a different town and not snowed in) while you two and the puppy systematically destroyed a set of Lincoln logs. Bethie texted me her work number and told me to call her up since things were slow.
The phone rang and after a garbled introduction (I was in the basement with low reception), I said hello. Buddy immediately grabbed for the telephone.
Me: Ok, Buddy wants to say hi. (set to speaker phone)
Buddy: I Buddy!
Aunt Bethie: Well, hello Buddy!
Buddy: Dat Kitten! Dat Mommy! Dat Puppy! I pway wit bwocks!
Me: (taking phone back) Fabulous. Good job, Buddy. We’re all hunkered down over here. Kitten is building with the Lincoln logs, Puppy is eating the Lincoln logs and Buddy is throwing the Lincoln logs. Another typical day here.
Aunt Bethie: <laughs>
Me: Lord, I just cleaned…
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Going on a reblogging splurge because there’s no time to post anything myself while I edit my novel. I thought this was really interesting and might be useful for anyone else who is writing.
Originally posted on Red Sofa Literary:
This past week, #MSWL was trending on Twitter. Although #MSWL tweets are made throughout the year, semi-annually, there is a designated day where agents and editors use the hashtag to share their wishlists with the world. The abbreviation is short for ManuScript Wish List, and it’s my favorite day, because I get to ask the universe for a story I want to see in my heart of hearts, and I actually have a pretty good chance of getting it.
The only way it could be better is if I asked for a pile of tiny pit bull puppies, received it, and then was able to earn royalties on them. Alas, I will just have to stick to accosting strangers’ dogs and cute Buzzfeed lists…
This #MSWL round, I found myself asking for, above all else, books with diversity.
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I am editing and will soon be querying (hopefully) so I pulled this out to amuse you. And if you too are about to send out query letters, there are some helpful links here.
Originally posted on khaula mazhar:
There are so many rules there should be an encyclopedia just to contain them. And no matter how many times you write it out, somehow it just never seems to be quite right. And every agent wants it just a little different. You have to read through entire websites and at least five googled up interviews before you even attempt to write a query to a particular agent. That is a lot of fun. Especially in the summer vacation with kids in the house.
Anyways there are some sites I found really helpful and have been meaning to post them for quite a while. But I get distracted really easily. Did you know piranhas are really mean little buggers?
Oh and that
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So did any of you visit (read: glue your eyeballs to) Twitter yesterday? If you didn’t get the chance you can still find out if agents want what you have. Go to twitter and in the search thingy type in #MSWL-Genre of your manuscript like this: #mswl-thriller or whatever.
I found there were some agents who wanted YA thrillers so I need to get editing and quit procrastinating. Keeping my fingers crossed. For all of us! Best of luck.
Today is #MSWL on twitter, get over there right now and see who wants your stuff. No pitching though, just stalking!
Congrats to heylookawriterfellow! Do go and visit his blog, he is hilarious!
Originally posted on heylookawriterfellow:
I was also exhausted, for I braved about a jillion rejections before that long-coveted contract arrived. I soon began to wonder just how dogged I would need to be before I could hope to get a second contract. After all, I’m not as dogged as I used to be; I’m getting to an age where I need to start scheduling naptime.
So late last summer I did a little soul searching and decided that I needed help. I stopped relentlessly sending manuscripts to publishers and started relentlessly sending manuscripts to agents.
I am delighted to report that my efforts were not in vain. I just signed with the wonderful Natalie Lakosil of The Bradford Literary Agency!
I knew right from the start that Natalie…
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