Jul
4

Me, Myself, and I

So Apparently I'm an Adrenalin Junkie...

Pitch Wars is a competition where a number of writing professionals (editors, published/ agented writers, and industry interns) each choose an author to mentor over the course of two months, at which time the resulting manuscripts are pitched to agents to see which books get picked up for representation.  Author submissions for the competition begin on August 3rd this year, and authors can currently submit a blog post to the Pimp My Bio blog-hop page to allow the mentors an opportunity to learn more about each of the applicants ahead of the submission rush.

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Jun
18

What Will Agents Find When They Google You? Have You Checked?

Advise from Author & Editor, Mary Rosenblum

Earlier this week, when I received the email from an agent asking for more of my manuscript, I sent a message to Mary Rosenblum to pass along the good news.  Mary, an accomplished author who offers professional editing and other author services at the New Writers Interface, has been associated with my book since I first pitched her the idea for it, back in February 2012.  For the past several years, Mary has mentored me in all things writing and marketing.  So it’s only fitting that her reply to my news was a helping of “congratulations” with a generous side order of "What are you doing right now to promote your world and your writing?".

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Jun
16

Checkpoint #1: Partial Request!!!

All-Caps & Exclamation Points!

I've calmed down a bit now.  (Trust me, I really have.)

BUT TONIGHT I GOT MY FIRST PARTIAL REQUEST FROM A REAL LIFE, HONEST-TO-GOODNESS, LITERARY AGENT!!!! (Based out of NEW YORK, no less!!!!!)

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May
24

A Self-Publishing Success Story

Advice from Sci-Fi Author Eric Thomson

One of my good friends is also a writer.  He uses the pen name Eric Thomson and he has come to a fair degree of success with self-publishing — to the point where this past Spring he was able to live the dream and retire early to focus on writing as his full-time career. His example has been a strong siren song for me where self-publishing is concerned, but I suspected there were some aspects of his path to publication that were somewhat unique and I wasn't sure how well his experiences would relate to my situation.  So, as part of my "to self-publish, or not to self-publish" debate, I sat down with Eric (virtually) for an interview on the topic.

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May
21

Self-Publishing vs Stubbornness

Stubbornness vs Sour Grapes

If I had to describe myself in one word, "patient" would not be on the short-list of choices. But "stubborn" would, or maybe I'd use "determined" to give it a positive spin... either way, I think my ability to persevere, and be in it for the long-haul where my goals are concerned, counts for something. 

That being said, I also like to think of myself as being open-minded and objective.  Which leaves me somewhat torn between my original, very specific goal of being traditionally published vs allowing myself to consider self-publishing in an honest and informed way.

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