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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 31 March 2018 · 151 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 /><a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/p/query-critiques.html"><br[/url] /></a><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 /><br />Nineteen-year-old Freja assumed being claustrophobic while living in a <strike>compact, fully enclosed,</strike> underwater home was the worst that could happen to her. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">I feel like the crossed out words are implied by the fact that it's underwater. Technically, compact could still say, but I think it's also implied by her mention of claustrophobia.&nbsp;</span>That is, until someone sabotages the food supply, murders her fellow citizens, and sends her anonymous messages suggesting more is to come. But the warnings don’t have much impact on Freja <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Really? That seems kind of... sociopathic.</span>&nbsp;until her best friend, Markus, befalls an ‘accident’ that puts him in a coma. To save Markus and protect the cloister from further sabotage, Freja must trust herself, break the strictest laws of the cloister, and risk being sentenced to death.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">So many questions. Why do they live underwater? Who is being murdered? What do these messages say? What's the purpose of the sabotage? what are these laws? Why would she be sentenced to death?</span><br /><br />SUBMERGED – a young adult science fiction novel complete at 84,000 words – follows nineteen-year-old Freja as she struggles with claustrophobia and anxiety while attempting to uncover who is attacking her home and threatening the lives of her family, friends, and the last dregs of humanity. It will appeal to fans who enjoy futuristic worlds with new technology and strong, bold female characters like in the TV show Ascension and Emily Skrutskie’s The Abyss Surrounds Us.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Right now your second para here just sums up the first, and neither one of them has the details that we need to make this stand out from any other enclosed SF story. In summary - there's an enclosed space, and there's danger. That's about all I'm getting from this. The same summary could apply to Alien, The Abyss, or Event Horizon. Why is this different? All of you plot points hinted at above are generic - what makes this story different? Work on getting those details in by answering the questions I posed above.</span><br /><br />

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Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: RIDE ON by Gwen Cole

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 30 March 2018 · 145 views

<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1508517544l/35804615.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1508517544l/35804615.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="317" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1508517544l/35804615.jpg"[/url] width="213" /></a></div>The law can't help her. But one outlaw can.<br /><br />In the near post-apocalyptic future, the skies are always gray and people are constantly searching for the sun. For teenage outlaw Seph, it’s the only world he’s ever known. With his horse, his favorite pistol, and his knowledge for survival passed down from his dead father, Seph knows it’s safer to be alone. But after a run-in with a local gang that call themselves the Lawmen, and having been wrongly accused of murder, Seph teams up with Avery—a determined girl whose twin brother has been taken by the same gang.<br /><br />After living in a small, rundown town her whole life, Avery knows nothing of the Wild—the lands controlled by nobody where travel is risky. With Seph’s help, they track down her brother but quickly find the tables have turned and they are now the ones being hunted. With rumors of mysterious dangers to the south and a safe sanctuary to the west, they’ve only got one option, but getting there won’t be easy with the Lawmen on their trail. The only thing that matters in the Wild is how fast your trigger hand is, but Seph doesn’t know if his will be fast enough to save them all.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b306" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b306/"[/url] id="rcwidget_fdah515c" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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Debbie Manber Kupfer On Building Fiction from Personal Experiences

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 27 March 2018 · 161 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 included 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 for the WHAT is <a href="[url="https://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com/about/"]https://debbiemanberkupfer.wordpress.com/about/[/url]" target="_blank">Debbie Manber Kupfer</a>, author of the P.A.W.S series. Debbie grew up in the UK and has lived in Israel, New York and North Carolina. She ended up in St. Louis, where she works as a writer and freelance puzzle constructor of word puzzles and logic problems.<br /><br /><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, P.A.W.S. begins with my lead character, Miri, receiving a silver cat charm from her omama (grandmother) the night before her omama dies. Miri is ten years old at the time. I also lost my omama, whom I was extremely close to, when I was ten years old. I was on my own with her when she had her heart attack and there when they took her in the ambulance. I grew up with this as a pivotal point in my childhood. I used to share so much with my omama. We’d bake together. She’d tell me stories about my father as a child, about their cats, Kitty and Susie, about their life in Vienna, and later during the war in Northern Ireland and after the war, in London. She didn’t tell me too much about the Nazis who forced her to put my father on the Kindertransport. And how he traveled on his own to England when he was just six years old. But the story came out over the years and the idea that this would be part of a book series I’d write in the future was always with me.</i><br /><br /><b>Once the original concept existed, how did you build a plot around it?</b><br /><br /><i>The plot unfolded during a trip to the zoo with my son, Joey. I’d clearly seen the beginning sequence: Miri receiving the silver charm. I knew it was important, but didn’t quite know where it was leading. Then one Saturday in October 2012 I took Joey to the zoo and told him the story. How Miri was pulled from her life in New York, taken to St. Louis by her aunt, sent to a boarding school and bullied by the kids there for being different. And how this all led to her finding her magic and P.A.W.S.</i><br /><br /><i>When I got back home from that trip to the zoo, I started writing and slowly the plot unfolded.</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>Oh yes. Those who have read P.A.W.S. will know that the antagonist is an extremely evil werewolf by the name of Alistair. What you wouldn’t expect is that Alistair wasn’t in my original concept of P.A.W.S. at all. Rather I had thought that the main antagonist would be Miri’s uncle, David. But several chapters into P.A.W.S. Miri meets Josh, the young werewolf that will bring her to P.A.W.S. and become her mentor and friend, and while Josh tells his story, Alistair forces his way in and makes it all about him.&nbsp;</i><br /><br /><b>Do story ideas come to you often, or is fresh material hard to come by?</b><br /><br /><i>My mind is constantly abuzz with new ideas and new characters. The key is not to get sidetracked, so when I get a new idea I write it up quickly in a different file and then go on with my work-in-progress. Some of these new characters will end up in the P.A.W.S. Saga. Others will be part of short stories.&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>I’ve got a pact with myself that I *have* to finish my series before I write anything else novel length, but I do occasionally take a break to write short stories in different genres.</i><br /><br /><b>I have 8 cats (seriously, check my Instagram feed) and I usually have at least one or two snuggling with me when I write. Do you have a writing buddy, or do you find it distracting?</b><br /><br /><i>Eight kitties – yay! You really need to come on my blog, Paws 4 Thought, sometime. My readers love anything cat related! I have just the one kitty currently, Miri Billie Joe (named for my lead character and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day). She sadly is not a lap kitty, but does like to sit somewhere near me while I work at my computer each day.</i><br /><div><br /></div>

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Call for Submissions! Betty Bites Back: Horror Stories for Young Feminists

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 26 March 2018 · 207 views

<div style="text-align: center;"><a href="[url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-75CRbP3GQEQ/WrlLwknTvFI/AAAAAAAAEPA/haFrmxziarU27n6iostQSFBSKRDH3_RKwCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/22688429_1747783955295171_6818200818838810948_n.jpg"]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-75CRbP3GQEQ/WrlLwknTvFI/AAAAAAAAEPA/haFrmxziarU27n6iostQSFBSKRDH3_RKwCK4BGAYYCw/s1600/22688429_1747783955295171_6818200818838810948_n.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-75CRbP3GQEQ/WrlLwknTvFI/AAAAAAAAEPA/haFrmxziarU27n6iostQSFBSKRDH3_RKwCK4BGAYYCw/s320/22688429_1747783955295171_6818200818838810948_n.jpg"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><br />A few years ago I was involved with a self-published anthology titled AMONG THE SHADOWS. The project was spear headed by Demitria Lunetta (author of IN THE AFTER series, and BAD BLOOD), Kate Karyus Quinn (my first guest here on the podcast an author of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE and DOWN WITH THE SHINE). We put together a successful kickstarter campaign to launch the collection, and brought on ten other authors to fill out the work.<br /><br />We loved working with our amazing authors; Gretchen McNeil Griffin, Justina Ireland, Phoebe North, Geoffrey Girard, Lydia Kang, Rachel Lewis, Joelle Charbonneau, Lenore Appelhans Eisenhour, and Beth Revis.<br /><br />Now, we're at it again! This time the theme is dark and feminist...and we're sending out a call for submissions.<br /><br />*Please note that subject matter should be 16+, though there is no restriction on the age of the protagonist.*<br /><br />1) Must feature a female (or female-identifying) character.<br /><br />2) Unpublished authors are welcome to submit.<br /><br />3) All lengths welcome! Stories should be copied into the body of the email. Include a short bio with previous works and submission word count.<br /><br />4) We are actively seeking writers of color, #OwnVoices stories, LGBTQ and differently-abled submissions.<br /><br />5) Submit to <span style="color: #6aa84f;">BettyBitesBackSub@gmail.com </span>Subject line should include Title and Author Names. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Submission Deadline May 11, 2018.</span><br /><br /><br />THE FINE PRINT: This is an unpaid collection and will be funded by a kickstarter campaign. Authors retain all the rights to their stories. Five author copies will be provided to each contributor, as well as other promotional materials, such as bookmarks and postcards. As with AMONG THE SHADOWS, BETTY BITES BACK will be priced for maximum exposure. We want to move copies! All profits will be put back into advertising. Please check out our previous short story collection AMONG THE SHADOWS. We would be happy to provide you with a complimentary ebook copy!

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Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: HEARTSEEKER by Melinda Beatty

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 23 March 2018 · 167 views

<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1514251875l/33344380.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1514251875l/33344380.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="314" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1514251875l/33344380.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div>A vibrant fantasy-adventure debut about a girl who can see lies.<br /><br />You're a Fallow of the Orchard. You're as tough as a green apple in summer . . .<br /><br />Only Fallow was just six harvests old when she realized that not everyone sees lies. For Only, seeing lies is as beautiful as looking through a kaleidoscope, but telling them is as painful as gnawing on cut glass. Only's family warns her to keep her cunning hidden, but secrets are seldom content to stay secret.<br /><br />When word of Only's ability makes its way to the King, she's plucked from her home at the orchard and brought to the castle at Bellskeep. There she learns that the kingdom is plagued by traitors, and that her task is to help the King distinguish between friend and foe. But being able to see lies doesn't necessarily mean that others aren't able to disguise their dishonesty with cunnings of their own.<br /><br />In the duplicitous, power-hungry court, the truth is Only's greatest weapon . . . and her greatest weakness.<br /><br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b305" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b305/"[/url] id="rcwidget_yhf2dl56" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 21 March 2018 · 166 views

<div style="margin: 0px;">I'm a nerd. I'm in fact 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: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin: 0px;">In any case, I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of the new 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.<br /><br />The <i>living room</i>... we like being in there, right? It's where the TV and microwave burritos get us through slow evenings, a spot to crash with friends, and (in my case) a gathering place for cat and dog hair.<br /><br />You might think we call it the <i>living room</i> because we do a fair amount of our living there, but there's a... let's call it, a slightly more macabre reason why.<br /><br />The beginning of the 20th century marked some great strides forward for modern medicine. Germ theory was widely accepted, and simple procedures such as washing hands and the introduction of public health measures drastically reduced death rates. So much so that many people felt that humans were on the verge of eradicating illness.<br /><br />At that time, the room in the home where guests were received was called the <i>parlor</i>. Generally reserved for public gatherings, it was also used for the purpose of a laying out. At the time, it was still common practice for families to hold a wake in their home, with the deceased laid out in the parlor for family and friends to say their goodbyes before burial.<br /><br />Due to the rise in public health, and new discoveries in medicine, the Ladies Home Journal boldly <a href="[url="https://blogsurabhi.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/what-is-the-origin-of-the-term-living-room/"]https://blogsurabhi.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/what-is-the-origin-of-the-term-living-room/[/url]" target="_blank">suggested renaming the parlor the <i>living room</i>,</a> since we wouldn't be gathering there quite so often after a death.<br /><br />Then the flu epidemic of 1918 hit...</div>

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Kaitlyn Sage Patterson On Dealing With Submission Anxiety

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 20 March 2018 · 150 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 />answer (bless them). And so I bring you the submission interview series - Submission Hell - It's True. Yes, it's the SHIT.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1501781317l/35140574.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1501781317l/35140574.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="475" data-original-width="315" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1501781317l/35140574.jpg"[/url] width="212" /></a></div>Today's guest for the SHIT is Kaitlyn Sage Patterson&nbsp;who grew up outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After completing her M.F.A., she moved to South Korea, where she taught English and started writing her debut novel. THE DIMINISHED will be published by HarlequinTEEN on April 10, 2018, followed by its sequel in 2019.<br /><br /><b>How much did you know about the submission process before you were out on subs yourself?</b><br /><br /><i>I am, in the deepest part of my soul, a researcher. Before I went on submission for THE DIMINISHED, I tried to learn as much as I could about the process, but honestly, aside from your blog, there’s not much out there! I’m actually on submission again, and it is just as harrowing as the first time!</i><br /><br /><b>Did anything about the process surprise you?</b><br /><br /><i>I was surprised the first time with how contradictory the feedback was! One editor would love the voice, but find the pacing too slow. Another editor would love the pacing, but not get into the voice. It felt like taste tug of war! This time has been super interesting in that the rejections are universally very complimentary, far more so than with my debut, but no bites yet! *fingers crossed*</i><br /><br /><b>Did you research the editors you knew had your ms? Do you recommend doing that?</b><br /><br /><i>I did and I don’t! Like I said before, I am fueled by research. I dove DEEP when I was on sub with my debut. I’m talking reading ancient interviews that I pulled from the depths of the internet. I read every applicable entry in Publisher’s Marketplace. I read into every tweet.</i><br /><br /><i>And honestly, in all of that research, the only thing I really learned was that I can’t see the future. So as I go through this round of submission I have done some minimal research, but the only thing I’m really looking at is the other books that the editors have acquired to get an idea of their tastes.</i><br /><br /><b>What was the average amount of time it took to hear back from editors?</b><br /><br /><i>In both cases we’ve gotten responses anywhere from a couple of days to several months! The one thing I hold close is that no response means just that… no response. I know that editors are really good about getting back to agents as soon as they read and make a decision.</i><br /><br /><b>What do you think is the best way for an author out on submission to deal with the anxiety?</b><br /><br /><i>Ugh. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! I tend to do a lot of reading, both beta reading and catching up on my TBR. I know people say that you should write, but I find it difficult to really get words down when I’m so focused on something else. It is, however, a good time to do that kind of staring at the wall, thinking really hard work of figuring out a story that’s been brewing for a while.</i><br /><br /><b>If you had any rejections, how did you deal with that emotionally? How did this kind of rejection compare to query rejections?</b><br /><br /><i>Here’s the thing for me with submission rejections. I don’t want to work with someone who isn’t DEEPLY, MADLY in love with the books that I write. So the passes, for me, just feel like stepping stones to the person who will say yes.</i><br /><br /><i>It’s different, too, from query rejections, because I already have someone on my side who believes in the book. That’s really huge for me. I know that even if the book isn’t right for *that* editor, it doesn’t suck, you know?</i><br /><br /><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?</b><br /><br /><i>Like I said, with THE DIMINISHED, the feedback was ALL OVER THE PLACE. As each pass came in, I assessed how I felt about it. Was there a kernel of truth? Something I could work on?</i><br /><br /><i>Truth be told, the way I process feedback doesn’t changed based on who is giving the feedback. I trust my beta readers, I trust that editors have good taste, and I know that every book is not right for every person. So I try to think about how or if each piece of feedback would change or shape the vision I have for my book for the better.</i><br /><br /><b>When you got your YES! how did that feel? How did you find out – email, telephone, smoke signal?</b><br /><br /><i>Oh goodness, I was totally over the moon. I work in fundraising for non-profits in my day job, and I was in a meeting with the chair of my board of directors, my boss, and my boss’s boss the day I got the call. I knew I’d gone to acquisitions, so I had my phone with me, which I normally wouldn’t do, and, because of the combination of nerves and trying to get ready for this big meeting, I’d forgotten to turn my ringer off. So as I was presenting our Year to Date Budget, my phone started blaring “Formation” by Beyoncé. It was really hard to say, “I’m so sorry. I need to take this,” with a straight face, but I grabbed my phone and ran out of the room before anyone could say anything.</i><br /><br /><i>When I eventually finished giddily screaming with my agent on the phone, I went back to the meeting and after about 30 seconds of congratulations, I resumed my presentation. #reallife</i><br /><br /><b>Did you have to wait a period of time before sharing your big news, because of details being ironed out? Was that difficult?</b><br /><br /><i>I did, but thankfully not for long! It was SUCH a whirlwind time for me. My boyfriend and I bought a house in October, I signed with my agent in November, my boyfriend and I got engaged in late November, I went on submission in February, got the news about the sale in early April, and signed the contract the day before my wedding at the end of April. So at my wedding, when people were asking me about my book, all I could do was smile! It was intense!! I was so relieved to finally be able to tell people when we made the announcement in May.</i><br /><div><br /></div>

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Secret Hijinks, What I'm Up To, A New Podcast Episode & A Panda Update

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 19 March 2018 · 138 views

I have been on the move so much lately that my dog jumped in my lap while I was still in the car last week when I got home. He misses his mommy :)

Where have I been? What I have I been doing?

My most recent trip is actually hush-hush, as I'm co-authoring a project in development with [url="https://www.serialbox.com/"]SerialBox[/url], a publisher that produces serialized audio and e-book downloads. I'm excited to be doing something different, and I just returned from a writing summit for the series I'll be working on. I can't say much, but I'll share this tweet...

What’s this...more [url="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SecretSerialShenanigans?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"]#SecretSerialShenanigans[/url]?

That’s right! The writing team [url="https://twitter.com/DanKoboldt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"]@DanKoboldt[/url], [url="https://twitter.com/MindyMcGinnis?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"]@MindyMcGinnis[/url] &amp; [url="https://twitter.com/akaSylvia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"]@akaSylvia[/url] are plotting away...we’re hoping this note applies to the serial... [url="https://t.co/2cDJm7EOFY"]pic.twitter.com/2cDJm7EOFY[/url]— Serial Box Publishing (@serialboxpub) [url="https://twitter.com/serialboxpub/status/974323205623156737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"]March 15, 2018[/url][/quote]I'm home now and currently working on getting the podcast wrapped up for the month of March, and scheduling my interviews for the month of April. Today's episode features MG author Liesl Shurtliff, and we cover such topics as writing a four-book series, always asking "but why?" and the transition from writing has a hobby to a career.

What else am I up to? Honestly - lots. [url="http://mindymcginnis.com/given-to-the-earth.html"]GIVEN TO THE EARTH releases April 11th[/url], I've got a ton of [url="http://mindymcginnis.com/news.html"]appearances coming up,[/url] and to be brutal - I need a shower.

I came home to Mr. Panda needing his mommy, too. He jumped into my lap and refused to relinquish it, which I'm fine with. I ended up sitting on the couch longer than necessary, but no one refuses cancer cat cuddles.

Panda is doing well! He received his second round of chemo and it appears that his tumor is shrinking. He is eating and gaining weight back. Fingers crossed for my alpha male!


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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 17 March 2018 · 192 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 /><a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/p/query-critiques.html"><br[/url] /></a><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 /><br />Twenty-four-year-old Emma likes to play it safe. She prides herself on her good judgment. But one bad decision has led to another since the day in the garden when her eyes wandered from her small son, Jonah, and she survived by being pulled from the muddy pond that killed him. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Slightly confusing wording here, as she took her eyes from her son, yet she somehow also ended up in the pond... so she would have dove in after him, thus having seen him again.&nbsp;</span>Now all Emma wants is to feel like herself again, but she can’t quite get there. Thinking that a change of scene might help, her husband Nathaniel entrusts her to deposit their harvest bonus money and take a weekend away with her sister, Jo. In another bad move, Emma arrives at the bank after closing.<br /><br />When Brooks Davis, a grifter just up from Texas who’d been hired by Nathaniel as a field hand, shows up in the hotel bar where they are staying, Emma is caught off guard. Brooks is the one who saved her life that day with Jonah. Emma is drawn to him. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">I'd combine some of this information from two choppy sentence into the two previous</span>&nbsp;She overdrinks <span style="color: #6aa84f;">not a word?</span>&nbsp;and ends up back in her room with Brooks. But before anything can happen between them, she passes out. In the morning Emma discovers that he has taken off with the money.<br /><br />Emma has no choice but to tell Nathaniel what happened. Nathaniel chases Brooks to South Dakota and returns with the money. When the sheriff shows up with news that Brooks has been found dead, torched in a tee-pee outside of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Emma confronts Nathaniel. Nathaniel is vague at first but later spills his version of the story. Emma must decide if she believes her husband and what the consequences are for her life if she doesn’t.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">So - it seems odd that the biggest part of fixing the problems her mistakes have caused (losing the money) is fixed by her husband? It seems like there's a lot of action that your main character is missing out on by not being present - or at least involved peripherally - in such a pivotal moment. While I know you're just looking for a query critique, and not a plot breakdown, this is a red flag for me.</span><br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Also, I admittedly don't know much about women's fiction, but it feels like the plot goes from tragic (dead toddler), to kind of madcap zany (series of mistakes, including a bedroom mishap), to a murder mystery. The tone of the query feels uneven, which will make an agent wonder if the ms suffers from the same. Make sure that the tone of the query accurately represents the manuscript itself.</span>

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  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 16 March 2018 · 149 views

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