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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 25 March 2017 · 25 views

<div dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="color: black; font-family: Times; font-size: medium;">Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="[url="http://rclewisbooks.com/"]http://rclewisbooks.com/[/url]" target="_blank">RC Lewis</a>&nbsp;and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet,&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/p/query-critiques.html">shoot[/url] us an email</a>.</div><div style="color: black; font-family: Times; font-size: medium;"><br /></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Times; font-size: medium;"><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s400/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s320/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] width="247" /></a>We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to&nbsp;punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.</div><div style="color: black; font-family: Times; font-size: medium;"><br /></div><div style="color: #222222;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></div><div style="color: black; font-family: Times; font-size: medium;">If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://www.agentqueryconnect.com/"[/url] target="_blank">AgentQueryConnect</a>. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in&nbsp;<span style="color: #6aa84f;">green</span>.</div><div style="color: #222222;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I am seeking representation for </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Power Surge</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, a complete, 78,000 word YA novel that blends elements of contemporary fantasy with </span><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">missing word? </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">of dark/psychological thriller and literary fiction. (</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The Darkest Part of the Forest</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> meets </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sharp Objects)</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">. It takes readers on an action-packed yet emotional adventure as 17-year-old Erin Evanstar, a recovering cutter, is plunged into a reality full of reality full </span><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">oops, got a repeat in there</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> of monsters that want to eat her. </span><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">So, this is a great intro. It's well written with good comp titles that help illustrate the niche for his genre-crossing book. Usually I say to put the hook first, not the specs, but you do a good job here of introducing a complex concept that might have an agent muddling before they get to this bit. I say adjust the little boo-boo's here and keep it.</span></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /><div dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Half-Elven twins with superpowers, pixies, sharpshooting nuns and bloodthirsty demons populate the stories Erin’s Grandpa loves telling. When Erin stops taking her ADHD meds and antidepressants </span><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I would just simplify this as "meds." Also, why did she stop?</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> at the end of her senior year, she starts seeing creatures from Grandpa’s stories. At first, she thinks they’re hallucinations, but José, her best friend and long-time crush, sees them too. As Erin finds herself drawn deeper into the disturbing world of the </span><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">need the? </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">demon hunting, she is forced to face her inner-demons: she hasn’t fully overcome her cutting addiction and has very little control over her temper. While she struggles to defeat mental illness, her demon stalker, and the ever-present threat of expulsion from high school, Erin discovers that fighting literal demons is quite therapeutic. </span><br /><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I think this is good but it's also very broad. All we have here is a world and a vaguely defined struggle. What's the goal? Who is this demon stalker? Why her? Who is the "bad guy?" What's the main conflict? Why is she hunting the demons in the first place? If she hasn't overcome cutting, why go off the meds?</span></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;" /><div dir="ltr" style="background-color: white; line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 0pt; margin-top: 0pt;"><div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Erin’s struggles with anxiety, depression and ADHD are drawn from my own experiences. She controls her inner demons by battling literal ones. I write stories. I was the second place winner of Women on Writing’s Winter 2016 Flash Fiction Contest. My short fiction has been published in </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 16px; font-style: italic; white-space: pre-wrap;">Helios Quarterly, </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Secrets of the Goat People</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Centropic Oracle</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">&nbsp;Dark Magic: Witches, Hackers and Robots</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">, </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Youth Imagination </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">and </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Spaceports &amp; Spidersilk. </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">I have a story forthcoming from</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> Ability Maine’s </span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Breath and Shadow.</span></div><div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 12pt; font-style: italic; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: times new roman;"><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">Good bio with your pub creds, but right now you've almost got more words about yourself in this query than you do about the book. Answer some of the questions that I'm asking. Basically - what makes this book different from any other fantasy wide world demon hunter? The mental illness angle? Cool. So tie them together more concretely. Why is this therapeutic for her? Is she too drawn to it? What's the deal with Jose? Is he worried about her involvement with this? What's his opinion on it? Is her going there with her? You don't have to answer all these questions in a query, but you do need to address some. Right now the query raises more questions than it does pique interest. </span></span></div>

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Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: DONE DIRT CHEAP by Sarah Nicole Lemon

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 24 March 2017 · 36 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470694773l/31305526.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470694773l/31305526.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470694773l/31305526.jpg"[/url] width="213" /></a></div>Tourmaline doesn't have the normal life of a teenager. Her dad is the head of a notorious biker gang, the Wardens, that - even though she's convinced they do nothing but good - the cops take a serious interest in. Even though she's planning on going to college in the fall, she's spending the summer trying to figure out how to smuggle comfy socks to her mom in prison - and she wouldn't even be there if Tourmaline hadn't made the phone call that got her arrested.<br /><br />Virginia can't claim normal either. She's been working for the questionable lawyer who got her mom off since she was fifteen - her services being accepted for a cash payment her mom couldn't make. Virginia knows how to maneuver people to get what she needs. And now her boss wants her to befriend Tourmaline Harris to find out what's really going on with the Wardens. Because if they're running drugs, he wants to run them out of the business and take it over himself.<br /><br />Both girls have had it rough, and neither knows how to have a real friend - until they meet each other.<br /><br />Want to help me with all the mailing costs? I do giveaways at least once week, sometimes more. It can add up. If you feel so inclined as to donate a little to defray my mailing costs, it would be much appreciated! Donating has no impact on your chances of winning.<br /><br /><form [url="action="]action="https://www.paypal.com/fk/cgi-bin/webscr"[/url] method="post" name="_xclick"><input name="business" type="hidden" value="bigblackcat97@gmail.com" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><input name="item_name" type="hidden" value="Mindy's Mailing Costs" />*********************************************************************************</div><input name="currency_code" type="hidden" value="USD" /><br /><input name="amount" type="hidden" value="00.00" /><br /><input alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!" border="0" name="submit" [url="src="]src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif"[/url] type="image" /><br /></form><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b235" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b235/"[/url] id="rcwidget_ihn5d2g2" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] />

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 22 March 2017 · 58 views

<div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">I'm such a big nerd that I tend to look up word origins in my spare time because I'm fascinated by our language. The odder the origin, the better. I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF. Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br />I have to admit that I'm not very good at eating crow. In that vein, I've got a fun one today. While the origin story I found is somewhat dubious, it's just interesting enough that I wanted to share it with you.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">Supposedly, the phrase "to eat crow," meaning something disagreeable a person faces after they are caught in the wrong (like er... apologizing?) has its roots in the last days of the War of 1812. At that time there was an armistice in effect along the banks of the Niagra River, and during such periods the members of each garrison often went hunting in order to fill the larders.&nbsp;</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">During one such hunting trip that proved fruitless, an enterprising Yankee solider cross the river to the British side in search of larger game. Finding nothing, he took a shot at a passing crow. While the bird fell, it also brought the Yankee to the attention of a British officer, who came upon the enemy soldier while he was reloading. The Brit was unarmed, so instead of threatening the Yank he feigned friendliness and amazement at such a great shot and asked to see the gun that had brought down the crow.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">The hapless Yank handed it over, and the Brit turned the gun on him, berated him for trespassing and then made him take a bite of raw crow to drive the lesson home. The Brit then returned the gun (whatever else you can say about them, the British have excellent manners) and the Yank in turn aimed it at him and made him finish off the meal.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">The incident became public knowledge when the British soldier came to the Yankee garrison the next day to demand that the foot solider be punished for breaking the armistice. When the soldier was brought before his Captain and asked if he'd ever seen the Englishman before he replied, "Why yes, we dined together yesterday."</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">Is it true? I don't know, but it makes a good story.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">And that's almost better, right?</div></div>

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Holly McGhee: A Literary Agent On the Other Side of the Submission Process

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 21 March 2017 · 61 views

If there's one thing that many aspiring writers have few clues about, it's the submission process. There are good reasons for that; authors aren't exactly encouraged to talk in detail about our own submission experiences, and - just like agent hunting - everyone's story is different. I managed to cobble together a few non-specific questions that some debut authors have agreed to<br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; font-weight: bold; white-space: nowrap;"></span><br />answer (bless them). And so I bring you the submission interview series - Submission Hell - It's True. Yes, it's the SHIT.<br /><div><br /></div><div>Today's guest is Holly McGhee, author of MATYLDA BRIGHT &amp; TENDER. What makes this interview particularly interesting to me is that Holly happens to be an agent as well as an author. And not just any agent. Holly is the President and Creative Director of Pippin Properties, so she knew the ins and outs of the industry already. But what was it like being on the other side of the desk?</div><div><div><br /></div><div><b>How much did you know about the submission process before you were out on subs yourself?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474481686l/31159629.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474481686l/31159629.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474481686l/31159629.jpg"[/url] width="224" /></a></div><div><i>As a literary agent by trade I knew quite a lot about it, but being the author is completely different. First you have to revise and revise and revise until your agent thinks there’s a decent chance of placing the story . . . and then the book goes out . . . and you have no idea who’s reading it when, if ever . . . and if they are loving / hating it / figuring out how to pass on it without hurting your feelings . . . you feel so exposed, naked really—all these people reading something that you put everything you had into, something so personal, something that you hope resonates . . . these editors are forming an opinion, deciding your fate at that publishing house. It’s the most uncomfortable situation in the world!</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Did anything about the process surprise you?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>I was surprised by how difficult it was to try to forget that the manuscript was on submission; I was haunted 24 /7 wondering if somebody would like the story. I felt lucky sometimes that I had a full-time job and three children and a husband and a dog and a leopard gecko to distract myself. But the only time I truly got respite was when I was sleeping or watching The Voice (and that was only on two nights a week . . .)</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Did you research the editors you knew had your ms? Do you recommend doing that?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>We tried our best to submit to people I don’t do much business with as an agent / to try to keep it simple that way. So I wouldn’t be calling the editor one day as an author and the next as an author’s advocate . . . We did tons of research on what each editor had acquired and then we read as much as we could about the way they work. I wanted to be sure to work with someone who had enough time to help me make the story as strong as it could be / who was ready to roll up their sleeves with me.</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>What was the average amount of time it took to hear back from editors?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>There is no average. We had our first great response in two days (!) but that spoiled us because the entire process took two months . . . I knew enough to try not to get excited till we had a firm offer but it was hard . . . I know how easily everything can fall apart and that a deal’s not a deal till you have the contract . . . wine helped . . . as did working on a new project while waiting. Doing planks helped too—I did them every single night. I thought even if the whole thing implodes I’d have a tight core.</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>What do you think is the best way for an author out on submission to deal with the anxiety?&nbsp;</b></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>If you can compartmentalize that’s undoubtedly the way to go. I can’t—but I think assuring yourself that it’s going to be over at some point and then committing that no matter what the verdict, you will keep on writing is essential. Surrounding yourself with people who’ve been through it helps a lot; also focusing on anything positive you hear back, even if it’s not an offer—it’s so much easier to think about the negative notes than the positive ones . . . and give yourself permission to be anxious too / I mean here you’ve put your heart out there for the world to see / it’s the hardest thing ever, but you know you’d do it again in a second.&nbsp;</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>If you had any rejections, how did you deal with that emotionally? How did this kind of rejection compare to query rejections?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>Reading about other people’s rejections helped / knowing that some of the biggest success stories are novels that only had one offer (and dozens of rejections). For me, what got me through too was knowing that I’d written the best book I was capable of at the time, that I held nothing back, that I offered up the highest level of writing I could do then . . . that makes it a lot easier. The hope is that you’ll always keep growing and improving as a writer, but you have to be able to look in the mirror and say that you gave it all you had.</i></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>If you got feedback on a rejection, how did you process it? How do you compare processing an editor’s feedback as compared to a beta reader’s?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>My beta reader gave me three hundred track changes and tore the book apart . . . what the editor had to say was easy to take after that . . . And as far as rejections, as long as you find somebody who loves your story to pieces, the rejections don’t matter.</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>When you got your YES! how did that feel? How did you find out – email, telephone, smoke signal?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>I talked to the editors who were interested and then they made their offers . . . I loved them all and so it came down to figuring which editor seemed to love my story and my characters the most . . . you have to rely on your gut, and it’s not always the editor offering the highest advance. The road to publication is so difficult; if you don’t start with absolute love then your foundation’s always shaky.</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Did you have to wait a period of time before sharing your big news, because of details being ironed out? Was that difficult?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>We were able to share the news immediately and had some pink champagne!!!! The time between selling the book and receiving the editorial letter is precious. You have nothing to do but share your good news . . . it’s the lull before the storm of revising rolls in. Enjoy it!!!</i></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div>

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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 18 March 2017 · 38 views

Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="[url="http://rclewisbooks.com/"]http://rclewisbooks.com/[/url]" target="_blank">RC Lewis</a>&nbsp;and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet,&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/p/query-critiques.html">shoot[/url] us an email</a>.<br /><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s400/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s320/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] width="247" /></a>We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to&nbsp;punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.<br /><br />If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://www.agentqueryconnect.com/"[/url] target="_blank">AgentQueryConnect</a>. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in&nbsp;<span style="color: #6aa84f;">green</span>.<br /><div><br /></div><div><div><i>I don't get why we have to be all uncomfortable in pants and stuff, but squirrels are allowed to just run around naked. How is that fair? I totally bet it's because they don't make squirrel pants. Which I guess isn't the squirrels' fault, but still. I wonder if they did make tiny squirrel pants, would they have to have elastic waists? Because how could the squirrels do like zippers and stuff if they don't have thumbs? Dude, I hate elastic waist pants. That's what Tia Juanita wears with her kitten sweaters, and she hasn't had a date in like six years. </i><span style="color: #6aa84f;">So this is definitely funny and I like it, but it's generally not a good idea to open with lines from the actual book. You want to find a way to work this humor into your query, possibly into the hook.</span></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div>Fifteen-year-old Alonzo Bartolo frequently ponders <strike>these and</strike>&nbsp;<span style="color: #6aa84f;">why squirrels don't wear pants, kitten sweaters, and&nbsp;</span>other mysteries of life, especially when he is sitting outside of the principal's office (again) waiting to be disciplined (again). It seems not everyone in Oaxaca is charmed by his lovable scamp persona. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">As an opener, something like this would work better. It's fitting what an agent expects to see - hook first - and getting the humor into the traditional query format at the same time.</span></div><div><br /></div><div>Oswaldo, conversely, is a bowtie-wearing, five-dollar-word-spewing, mostly homeschooled, fifteen-going-on-fifty unabashed nerd-for-life who possesses a charming naiveté and a complete inability to be cool for even five seconds, despite his slight British accent. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Cute.</span></div><div><br /></div><div>Their Odd Couple-esque friendship solidifies when the first colossal Olmec head discovered in fifteen years is uncovered in nearby Veracruz, causing shocking history surrounding Oswaldo's only living family member, his elderly grandfather and legal guardian, to come to light. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">This is a very convoluted sentence, break this down.&nbsp;</span>Soon the two boys find themselves--with the help of Alonzo's older sister, Xochitl--racing to find the scattered pages of an ancient Hispanic codex that has the power to stop the Olmec gods from enslaving the people of Oaxaca and Veracruz as they did almost three thousand years ago. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">I'd cut the mention of the older sister since it's producing a "name soup" situation, and consider limiting you place name mentions to a single one for the same reason. Also, we need to know what the connection between the discovery of the head and the resurrection of the Olmec heads is.&nbsp;</span></div><div><br /></div><div>Can this trio of misfits reassemble the codex before the final colossal heads are uncovered and the Olmec gods regain power? As the author I'm predicting that they will, but you can weigh in on that if you have strong feelings one way or another. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Cute, but ending with a question isn't a good idea in general. Honestly I think you can cut this entire para, as you're ending with a good stinger above.</span></div><div><br /></div><div>Oswaldo and the Giant Heads is the first in a duology and is complete at 72,000 words. Middle grade and young adult readers <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Cool... but is this MG or YA? Definitely pick one way or the other, and if you get in front of an agent who feels that it has a better sell chance in a different age range, you can adapt then</span>&nbsp;who enjoy mythology-themed adventures by authors such as Nancy Farmer and Rick Riordan will like this story, as well as immigrant and Latino readers who are eager for stories with relatable characters from this underrepresented region of the Americas.</div></div><div><br /></div>

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Thursday Thoughts - YouTube Style

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 16 March 2017 · 54 views

<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So I know some of you love my Thursday Thoughts (and some of you could probably care less), but I was really busy last week traveling and being at SEYA Book Festival, so I wasn't having a lot of thoughts other than getting to and from and making sure I was where I was supposed to be when I was supposed to be there.</div><br />However, there are two YouTube videos from last week that accurately capture how my brain works, and hold a plethora of Thursday Thoughts. Everything from Russian space exploration, to Alien quotes, to sex and explosions (my life is mundane, those two things are usually not related).<br /><br />First up, a video from a panel with myself, Amy Christine Parker, and Beth Revis. It's a good example of what happens when you have chemistry, dark humor, and tired authors on a panel. Then, I did an interview with my favorite book blogger, Trina, from Between Chapters. It's particularly amusing if you watch it without audio because I'm so physically effusive.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" data-thumbnail-src="[url="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/_Aajd1pH4gY/0.jpg"]https://i.ytimg.com/vi/_Aajd1pH4gY/0.jpg[/url]" frameborder="0" height="266" [url="src="]src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_Aajd1pH4gY?feature=player_embedded"[/url] width="420"></iframe></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="YOUTUBE-iframe-video" [url="data-thumbnail-src="]data-thumbnail-src="https://i.ytimg.com/vi/Wm2kLYMTL4I/0.jpg"[/url] frameborder="0" height="266" [url="src="]src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Wm2kLYMTL4I?feature=player_embedded"[/url] width="420"></iframe></div><br /><br />

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 15 March 2017 · 39 views

<div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">I'm such a big nerd that I tend to look up word origins in my spare time because I'm fascinated by our language. The odder the origin, the better. I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.</div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of another acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">A recent tweet caught my eye in which the tweeter was wondering where the phrase "cry uncle" comes from. In case you don't know, to cry uncle means to admit to the physical superiority of someone attacking you, usually in a bullying situation.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">While I can't back it up with any serious proof, there are two really interesting theories I wanted to share with you. Crying uncle didn't appear in written English until 1918, and one theory posits that perhaps the use of the term arises from the Gaelic <i>anacol</i>, meaning "protection" or "safety." There would've been plenty of Irish immigrant children to bully during that time period, and their native cry for help could've been misinterpreted by their English speaking aggressors.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">I like that one, but there's a Roman version too. In Ancient Rome, the paternal uncle held nearly as much power over a child as the father. Courtyard games included a physical wrangling in which the loser had to cry, "<span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 2px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 2px;">Patrue, mi Patruissimo!" (<i>Uncle! My favorite Uncle!</i>) in order to be freed. In doing so, they were naming their attacker as a person who had real power over them, and that sign of respect allowed their freedom.</span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 2px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 2px;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="-webkit-border-horizontal-spacing: 2px; -webkit-border-vertical-spacing: 2px;">Hmmm... both interesting. But I don't have a paternal uncle, so I guess I'll just have to keep taking those self-defense classes.</span></div></div></div>

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Interview With A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS Author Katie Bayerl

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 14 March 2017 · 51 views

Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you Thinking?) interview. Always including in the WHAT is one random question to really dig down into the interviewees mind, and probably supply some illumination into my own as well.<br /><br />Today's guest is debut author Katie Bayerl, whose book <a href="[url="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30763905-a-psalm-for-lost-girls?ac=1&amp;from_search=true"]https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30763905-a-psalm-for-lost-girls?ac=1&amp;from_search=true[/url]" target="_blank">A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS</a> releases today! Katie is a proud graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program and teaches in Grub Street's creative writing program. She has an incurable obsession with saints, bittersweet ballads, and murder. It’s becoming a problem. You can find Katie on her <a [url="href="]href="http://www.katiebayerl.com/"[/url] target="_blank">site</a>, <a [url="href="]href="http://www.twitter.com/katiebayerl"[/url] target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a [url="href="]href="http://www.facebook.com/katiebayerlauthor"[/url] target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1479218943l/30763905.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1479218943l/30763905.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div><b>Ideas for our books can come from just about anywhere, and sometimes even we can’t pinpoint exactly how or why. Did you have a specific origin point for your book?</b><br /><br /><i>YES. Well, actually there were a few different experiences and obsessions that fed this book (insert long backstory about my Catholic childhood, struggles with being labeled a “gifted” kid, lifelong obsession with female religious figures, etc), but the bits came together and sparked into a story while I was visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima in Portugal—the site where three children claimed to see the Virgin Mary in 1917. I made my visit in 2008, the same year Pope Benedict decided to hurry up and beatify Lúcia Santos, the last of the Children of Fátima to pass away.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>A little backstory on her: Lúcia was 10 years old when she and her two cousins saw the Virgin Mother. The cousins died soon after, leaving Lúcia to carry this legacy on her own. She joined a convent (which, I guess, is what you do when everyone around thinks you’re a saint) and remained a cloistered nun until she died at age 97.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Now, by all accounts (including her memoirs), Lúcia was a woman of deep faith, but as soon as I learned the bare bones of her story, I became consumed with a completely fictional question: What if a young girl got stuck with a reputation of sainthood when all she wanted was to be a normal girl?</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>That question became Tess.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Once the original concept existed, how did you build a plot around it?</b><br /><br /><i>Well, so, if you’ve read the description of A PSALM FOR LOST GIRLS, you know the main character isn’t Tess. It’s her younger sister, Callie. So the story’s concept shifted a lot.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>I had the Fátima question knocking around in my head when I began studying at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2008, but I wasn’t sure yet what type of book it would be, and I had three other novels I wanted to write first. But then I had a workshop deadline and cranked out—what I thought was—a completely different short story about a semi-delinquent girl rebelling in the wake of her holy sister’s death. Ha. Hahaha.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>(Fact: I am terrible at short stories. They always want to turn into novels.)&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>I got excited enough about Callie’s story and decided early on that the plot would center around an investigation, with Callie going up against her community. I had a sense of where it would end and some of the things Callie would need to do to get there, but… the first attempt was a mess.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Have you ever had the plot firmly in place, only to find it changing as the story moved from your mind to paper?</b><br /><br /><i>All. The. Time. I especially seem to have a lot of discoveries around page 100 or so. I will often cycle back a few times to sort out the opening before I can see to the end.</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>This novel had more drafts than I know how to count, thanks to all of the circling and some smart feedback. My first draft included chapters from dead Tess ‘s point of view (think: The Lovely Bones), looking down on, and into the minds of, her community. And she was amazing! But several readers pointed out that this voice robbed the story of its main mystery—i.e., whether Tess was truly a saint. &nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>So I took out her voice and felt sad about it, even as I kept working on getting Callie’s story right—and then I landed my wonderful agent, Erin Harris, who asked: Would you be up for a revision? What if you tried including Tess’s voice? When I was done laughing, I realized Erin really shared my vision for the book and, suddenly, I saw a way to bring Tess into the story in a way that wouldn’t be such a spoiler. The original sparkle came back, and I fell in love with both Callie and Tess in a much deeper way.&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>And then I met my brilliant editor, Stacey…</i><br /><br /><b>Do story ideas come to you often, or is fresh material hard to come by?</b><br /><br /><i>I have way more ideas than I can handle. I had another one last night! Sometimes it feels like a traffic jam of ideas. Because, see above, it takes me a loooong time to execute a truly finished draft. (I keep hoping I’ll get smarter and more efficient.) (Don’t laugh. A girl needs to dream!)&nbsp;</i><br /><i><br /></i><i>Anyway, shiny new ideas = my favorite. It’s a little like an amazing first date. I lose my head a little, getting caught up in the imagining, day dreaming and scribbling notes when I should be working on bill-paying things, stopping in the middle of sidewalks to leave myself voice memos. (Voxer is my savior!)&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>How do you choose which story to write next, if you’ve got more than one percolating?</b><br /><br /><i>So far I’ve been guided by stubbornness. The next story I work on seems to be the one that I’ve been working at longest and that I’m too hardheaded to drop. I do cheat on my main projects sometimes just to mix things up. (That’s how I ended up with four substantial projects in the pipeline.) But it’s been a long time since I questioned which one was next. I’m kind of head over heels for the book that comes after PSALM (title is, ironically: WHAT COMES AFTER), and I needs/must finish it soon!</i><br /><br /><b>I usually have a cat or two with me while I write. They’re good for a pet if I need a moment away from the screen, and don’t seem to mind if I ignore them completely as long as I’m sharing body heat. Do you have a writing companion?&nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>Two cats over here! One on each arm. But let’s keep that between us, eh? If my physical therapist caught wind of what’s going on, I’d get zero sympathy for this creaky shoulder and wrist.&nbsp;</i><br /><div><br /></div>

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SEYA Book Festifal Storified

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 13 March 2017 · 35 views

I had an amazing week/end at <a href="[url="http://www.seyabookfest.com/"]http://www.seyabookfest.com/[/url]" target="_blank">SEYA Book Festival</a>&nbsp;and thought I'd Storify it - enjoy!<br /><br /><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/MindyMcGinnis/seya-book-festival-2017/embed?border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/MindyMcGinnis/seya-book-festival-2017.js?border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/MindyMcGinnis/seya-book-festival-2017" target="_blank">View the story "SEYA Book Festival 2017" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div>

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Hayley Long & The Negative Voice In Your Head

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 07 March 2017 · 78 views

Today's guest for the SAT (Successful Author Talk) is Hayley Long, author of several award-winning books for teenagers, including <a href="[url="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22678315-what-s-up-with-jody-barton"]https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22678315-what-s-up-with-jody-barton[/url]" target="_blank">What’s Up with Jody Barton?</a> and the <a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6438123-lottie-biggs-is-not-mad"[/url] target="_blank">Lottie Biggs books</a>. She also works as an English teacher. Her newest release is <a [url="href="]href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31159630-sophie-someone"[/url] target="_blank">SOPHIE SOMEONE</a> releasing March 28th from Candlewick Press. Hayley Long lives in England.<br /><br /><b>Are you a Planner or Pantster?</b><br /><br /><i>Total pantster. I am also a total hypocrite because when I was an English teacher, I used to tell the kids in my classes that IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO PLAN. But the truth is, I just can’t do it! I begin with a very vague outline of a story in my head. I know where I will start, I have a rough idea of how I will end, and I have a few thoughts about what is going to happen along the way. And from there I just make it all up! It’s worked for me so far. All the best ideas I have had are ones which have occurred during the writing process – they’re not ones that I could ever have planned or predicted.</i><br /><br /><b>How long does it typically take you to write a novel, start to finish?</b><br /><br /><i>It varies. The fastest I’ve ever written the first readable draft of a novel has been six months – but it was still longer than that really because I was thinking about it for at least four months before I got going. SOPHIE SOMEONE is the book which took me the longest to write. Because it was the hardest to write. Making up my own coded language was harder than I anticipated. It took a lot of adjusting and readjusting. From start to finish, it was about two years before I had a draft which I was happy for anyone else to read.</i><br /><br /><b>Do you work on one project at a time, or are you a multi tasker?</b><br /><br /><i>Inevitably, I’ve found that I have to be a multi-tasker to a certain extent because there are always other things that need to be done. In between writing fiction, I visit schools and libraries, I sometimes write articles for newspapers or websites, and other times - like now - I answer questions. But I find it impossible to concentrate on two big writing projects at a time. I can’t switch my mind from one major puzzle to another. So if I’m writing one thing and asked to do edits for another, I have to put the new writing on hold until I’m free to give it my full attention again. </i><br /><br /><b>Did you have to overcome any fears that first time you sat down to write?</b><br /><br /><i>Gosh YES. But I STILL DO. &nbsp;Every time I start a new book, I go through this same old rigmarole. There’s this voice in my head which is saying, ‘Hayley, what are you doing? This won’t work. Nobody is going to like it. And you need to write about three hundred pages and you’re only on page four. This is a waste of time. GIVE UP NOW.’ </i><br /><br /><i>That’s what the inside of my head is like every single time I start a new book. And sometimes it stays like that until I’ve had feedback from my agent and editor!</i><br /><br /><i>At least, there’s no danger of me getting over-confident and carried away with myself.</i><br /><br /><b>How many trunked books did you have before you were agented?</b><br /><br /><i>None. It wasn’t like that for me because I was having books published before I had an agent. I lived in Wales and I had two novels published with a small Welsh publishing house. By the time I was ready to look for an agent, my Welsh publishing friends were suggesting names of agents who I might try. I sent my manuscript of Lottie Biggs is not Mad to the first name on the list and I received a positive reply</i>.<br /><br /><b>Have you ever quit on an ms, and how did you know it was time?</b><br /><br /><i>Oh yes. But I always quit early on - before I even have 10,000 words. And then I delete all memories of it from my head. </i><br /><br /><i>I know I have to quit when I’m struggling to write more than five words an hour.</i><br /><i><br /></i> <b>How did it feel the first time you saw your book for sale?</b><br /><br /><i>Oh, it was totally lush. I think I hung out around the shelf for a while.</i><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474510412l/31159630.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474510412l/31159630.jpg"[/url] width="216" /></a></div><b>How much input do you have on cover art?</b><br /><br /><i>Honestly? Not a lot. But I’m not a designer or a marketing expert so I’m very happy for others to take the lead. The production of a book is not just about me – it’s a team effort.</i><br /><i><br /></i> <i>I’m always shown the cover ideas and asked whether I like them or I don’t. I’ve only strongly objected once and that was because the message communicated by that cover really worried me. On every other occasion, I’ve liked my covers. While we’re on the subject, I think the cover of SOPHIE SOMEONE is very stylish. I like the way the artwork is a subtle nod to Brussels and London. </i><br /><br /><b>What's something you learned from the process that surprised you?</b><br /><br /><i>It’s not really surprising - but the suggestions of editors are almost always right. They see things that the writer doesn’t. And sometimes it amazes me how a seemingly simple suggestion from an editor can have such an enormously positive impact on my novel. It’s nice because it has the overall effect of making &nbsp;me seem cleverer than I am ☺</i><br /><br /><b>How much of your own marketing do you? &nbsp;</b><br /><br /><i>I have a <a [url="href="]href="http://www.hayleylong.org/"[/url] target="_blank">website</a>. It’s not very flashy but I built it all myself which is nothing short of extraordinary because I have extremely limited skills! And&nbsp;I’m on <a [url="href="]href="https://www.facebook.com/HayleyLongAuthor"[/url] target="_blank">Facebook</a>.</i><br /><br /><i>And that’s it. Social media? Less is more ;)&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b231" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b231/"[/url] id="rcwidget_kfmhkg8q" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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