May
15

A New Beginning (Literally)

Revise [Again]

So officially, I'm up to revision #8 (with many many more unnumbered revisions along the way).   Here's hoping that the eighth time's a charm.  I'm seeing notable improvements at each iteration, though - so it's been worth it, despite all the cursing and pity-fests.

The reply that I received from the agent (originally mentioned in my last blog post) was indeed a rejection but, as hoped, it was a personalized one that reaffirmed what I had suspected was the issue: the book wasn't starting where it needed to.

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May
7

Schrödinger's Email

Accepted-Rejected

I have an email from an agent sitting in my inbox.  It arrived sometime on Wednesday... I haven't read it yet. 

Right now, it's like Schrödinger's cat: it's neither an outright rejection nor an eager request to represent me. As long as I don't open it, it's a nebulous cloud of probability encompassing all possible answers.  I'm taking my lead from quantum physics and allowing myself to live in a space where the answer could still be whatever I want it to.

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Apr
23

Twitter Pitch Events

90,000 words in 140 chars

Summarizing a novel into a 2-page synopsis is hard enough, but can you craft an eye-catching pitch in 140 characters or less?  There are numerous Twitter pitching events out there (like #SFFpit, #DVpit, #PitchMAS, and #PitMad) and they're a great way to gain exposure to agents who don't accept unsolicited queries otherwise.

Note:  The next #SFFpit Twitter event will be on June 23, 2016. Mark your calendars and read on to prepare!

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Apr
9

Choosing a Title

A book by any other name...

The first thing a potential agent will notice about your email submission is the subject line, which will often read: Query <Insert Your Title Here>.  I would hope that most agents will, in fact, OPEN your email before deciding whether or not to hit the delete key, but as I mentioned in my earlier post on Querying Truths, sometimes all an agent wants to do is blast through their inbox as quickly as possible.  So if your title lacks interest, you're not doing yourself any favors.

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Apr
2

First Impressions

Once Upon a Time...

Querying wasn’t going so well for me and it was time to take off the rose-colored glasses to figure out exactly why.  The majority of agents out there seemed to be looking for a query letter and the first ten pages of a book – hell, some only wanted the first four pages – and, if I was being completely honest with myself, my first chapter was the weakest of my entire book.  Clearly, this was very far from a good thing.

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