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New Release: Love and Danger Available!

  Posted by Jean Oram in The Love Bug Blog, 26 May 2015 · 11 views

Love And Danger, book four in The Summer Sister Tame the Billionaires series is the last book in the four-book series and is now out!

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Love and Danger features Daphne Summer, the youngest Summer sister, and Evander de la Fosse. Daphne is a hippie who sees life as a hopeful, positive place. Evander, however, is an ex-military man (and billionaire in disguise) and has been broken by the war. He believes he is no longer able to deal with real life. But little does he know, that his job protecting Daphne and her five-year-old daughter, Tigger, will not only change the way he sees life, but so much more.

Evander de la Fosse from Love and Danger


I have to admit, when my fans asked me to write a broken hero who had a military background I was hesitant. I wasn’t sure whether I could pull it off. In the end, Evander ended up being my all-time favorite hero. He’s tough on the outside and all gooey and wonderful on the inside (even though he’s loath to show it!). And he’s handsome–of course! :) He made my beta reader cry – in a good way. He led my editor to tell me that this was my best book yet, and he made one of my critique partners swoon.


I hope you enjoy Evander and Daphne as much as I have writing them.

XO

Jean

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Love and Danger: Summer Sisters book 4 Jean Oram billionaire in disguise


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jean Oram!

One hippie. One ex-military hero. Two very different life philosophies. And one situation that will alter the path of destiny.

Daphne Summer has always believed in the power of love and destiny. But she figures fate must have a wicked streak for sending Evander de la Fosse into her life. The steely-eyed, former military hunk of manhood won’t leave Daphne’s side after her ex-boyfriend utters what she believes are idle threats due to her sisters blocking his development across from their family cottage. She knows the man, the father of her five-year-old daughter, would never hurt her. But try convincing Evander.

Evander de la Fosse knows going to war broke him. Now he’s good for one thing and one thing only—stopping bullets meant for others. But as he shadows the single mother, Daphne, who always sees life as a bright and positive thing despite the odds against her, he finds himself wishing for the one thing the war took from him—real life.

Will these two opposites find a way to see eye-to-eye so Evander can keep Daphne safe? Or will the culmination of the Summer sisters battle against Rubicore Developments finally come to a fatal head in Canada’s Muskokas during the fourth book in this contemporary romance series?

But most importantly, will Daphne and Evander be able to see each other’s true side before it becomes too late to claim their chance at true love?

The Summer Sisters Series (Billionaire romances set in cottage country!):
Love and Rumors (Book 1 FREE!!) Audio coming soon!
Love and Dreams (Book 2)
Love and Trust (Book 3)
Love and Danger (Book 4)

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Express Yourself: Eating While Writing?

  Posted by DebsBlueRoses in The Writer Ambitious, 26 May 2015 · 18 views

Happy Tuesday!



Today is the day I answer the questions given to us by the ladies who created Express Yourself: Jackie @ Bouquet of Books and Dani @ Entertaining Interests. This week, they would like us to:

Name a few things we like to eat while writing.

Well, to be honest, I don't have any writing snacks. Is it just me? If I get hungry, I usually just eat whatever is available. I don't have a particular food I crave in my time of writing.

Well, that was anti-climactic. See you tomorrow!

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NEARLY GONE Author Elle Cosimano On Subjectivity & The Submission Process

  Posted by bigblackcat97 in Writer, Writer Pants on Fire, 26 May 2015 · 24 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
answer (bless them). And so I bring you the submission interview series - Submission Hell - It's True. Yes, it's the SHIT.

Today's guest for the SHIT is Elle Cosimano. Elle sometimes writes in a tree house on the edge of the jungle on the Caribbean Sea. The rest of the time she finds inspiration in her very normal life in smalltown, Virginia. She writes stories about creepy, dark (and sometimes sexy) things that go bump in the night. Her debut, NEARLY GONE is available now, and the sequel NEARLY FOUND will release June 1.

How much did you know about the submission process before you were out on subs yourself?

I had a pretty solid understanding of the process and what to expect. My agent, Sarah Davies, is a consummate professional. Once she was confident my manuscript was in top shape, we discussed the upcoming steps, reviewed her recommended submission list together, and discussed the likely timing of any potential replies. She was up front with me about what she perceived to be the benefits and challenges of the manuscript, taking into account the strength of our pitch as well as market conditions. Sarah was careful to ask about my comfort level with transparency during the process. Did I want to know the details of every bite and rejection as they came in, or would I be more comfortable with weekly updates with feedback boiled down to its most important points? When the manuscript was ushered off into submission land, I felt 100% comfortable that both my story and I were in the very best possible hands.

Did anything about the process surprise you?

YES! Something did surprise me, though in hindsight, I’m not really sure why. Reading a book, and connecting with it (or not connecting with it) is a very subjective experience. We see this all the time in reviews. Look up your very favorite books on Goodreads and check out the wide range of reactions. No two readers experience a book exactly the same way. And yet, I always manage to find myself surprised by the same broad range of reactions from editors when I’m on submission. One editor connects with the voice. Another may not connect with it strongly enough. One loves the pacing, another might feel it’s too slow. One likes the grittiness of the setting. Another might feel it’s too dark for his tastes. One loves the manuscript with reckless abandon and absolutely must have it for reasons she can’t quite articulate, where another likes it for many good points, but can’t find a compelling enough reason to bite. With every round of feedback, I am reminded that at their heart, editors are readers too, and not every book is a fit for every one.

Did you research the editors you knew had your ms? Do you recommend doing that?

I did. And I do. I tend to be very analytical (I come from a long career in business, sales and marketing) and I felt more comfortable knowing the names on my submission list up front. I trusted my agent to put the list together based on her many years of experience and her established relationships within the industry, but I wanted to familiarize myself with the people who would be reading my book, so that I could be prepared in the event of a phone call. If an editor is keen on a project, it’s not unusual for them to request a phone call with the author. Often, this is a “feeling out” call to determine if the editor and author share similar thoughts with regard to potential revisions, the direction of the marketing, and how compatible they might be working together toward those goals. I wanted to have a grasp on each editor’s list, the kinds of books they put into the world, and how those books are presented into the market. I wanted a chance to formulate my questions in advance.

What was the average amount of time it took to hear back from editors?

My debut, NEARLY GONE, went on submission the week before Thanksgiving in 2011. Sarah warned me that this was a challenging time. With the holidays upon us, we might not expect prompt replies. She’d prepared me for the possibility that editors might be done reading new submissions, in order to wrap up existing deals and clear projects off their desks in time for winter vacations, and that even if they did read, many key decision makers might be unavailable. I knew we might not begin hearing back from editors until after the New Year. And in fact, the holiday period was quite slow. But as soon as offices opened in January, we received several enthusiastic replies, and a subsequent preempt from Kathy Dawson at Penguin.

With my next contract (HOLDING SMOKE, 2016), we went on submission with a full manuscript in mid-May 2014, and had our first of several offers by early June. By the end of June, I had accepted an offer with Emily Meehan at Disney*Hyperion. I’m very fortunate, and very grateful to my agent, that both of my submission experiences were quick and painless. I credit this entirely to my agent’s hands-on editorial guidance, the strength of her marketing and relationship skills, and the respect she has earned within the industry.

What do you think is the best way for an author out on submission to deal with the anxiety?

Write something else. I know this is hard to do. I know how hard it is not to spend hours in front of the computer, clicking the refresh key. I’m guilty too. And if you’re like me, and it’s too hard to resist that temptation, then get up out of that chair and go do something else! I hit the beach with a good book, or go somewhere fun with my kids, or marathon Netflix shows I’m behind on.

I also lean heavily on my trusted critique partners, who are my most trusted friends. We can’t really talk openly while we’re on submission, (if you’re tweeting or blogging about the woes of your submission process, stop it right now! You’re shooting yourself in the foot, and probably making your agent wring his/her hands) but I think it’s important to have one or two close friends to bolster you through the waiting period.

Also, eat ice cream. Ice cream is okay, and I endorse it as a safe and trusted coping mechanism for the submission blues.

If you had any rejections, how did you deal with that emotionally? How did this kind of rejection compare to query rejections?

I was actually okay with the manuscript rejections I received early on in the process. It’s understandable to me that not every editor would connect with the pitch (or even with my book). After all, they all have different preferences. I think the hardest rejections were the ones that happened during the acquisitions stage, when an editor loved the book, but wasn’t able to get the support of their publishing team. This happens for all kinds of reasons – often these are budget or market-driven – and nothing I or my agent could have controlled or done differently. It can be hard to be so close to the finishing line and have the hope ripped out from under you. But in the end, you need more than an editor as your champion. You also need the entire publishing house to be fully behind your book, to give it its best possible chance at success.

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?

I try to process all feedback the same way… take away the useful bits, and the pieces that will help me write a better book. Leave the things that feel like they come from a place of personal preference. Again, we all have different tastes, but I look for patterns in the feedback. If one person doesn’t like something, it doesn’t mean I should change the way I’m writing, or revise the book based on one person’s feedback. But if I start to see a pattern – if two or three editors or betas seem to be identifying similar issues – then I know it’s time to take a step back and look at my work more objectively.

When you got your YES! how did that feel? How did you find out – email, telephone, smoke signal?

I feel like any YES in this business is reason for celebration. But an offer to buy your book is a YES of a whole different magnitude. It’s the culmination of so many dreams, and sleepless nights, and tears, and sacrifices. It’s overcoming a million possible NOs. It is the greatest feeling imaginable. My agent calls when we have the official YES, and I am not ashamed to say I’ve cried every time.

Did you have to wait a period of time before sharing your big news, because of details being ironed out? Was that difficult?

Yes, we had to wait a bit, but not terribly long. We managed to have details ironed within a few days of accepting an offer. I was able to share my news with the world within a few weeks after, once the announcement was listed in PW.

And YES! The waiting is so hard! But that’s pretty much the answer to any question about publishing, isn’t it?

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Monday Musings: Writing Strong Female Characters

  Posted by Amy Trueblood in Amy Trueblood's Blog, 25 May 2015 · 23 views

            At the RT Convention last week I attended a session titled, “Writing Strong Female Heroines.” Renowned authors like Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy series), Lauren Oliver (The Delirium series), and Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark series ) were among the panelists.     In the course of the session each author […]

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Survivor’s Guilt

  Posted by mlebleek in Bleeker Street, 24 May 2015 · 32 views

This is not a writing related post and honestly I’ve been putting it off for almost two weeks. Usually, every year when I reach May 9th, I proclaim to the world that it is my “cancer-free” day and celebrate the number of years I’ve been free from Synovial Sarcoma. This year May 9th came and went and I forced myself not to comment, pretended I didn’t notice.

Part of me wanted to not notice as though forgetting that trauma meant I was never at risk of suffering from it again. Another part worried everyone is tired of hearing about this thing, which is a monumental moment in my life, but probably tiresome to hear about every year.

But the real reason I avoided the post this year is because of guilt. I’ve been working on edits for my newest book, working title is LETTERS FROM THE DIRT (or BEYOND). The whole book is about a woman, a mom in her thirties, who has succumbed to an aggressive cancer leaving behind her husband, children and an avalanche of mysterious letters that are delivered through her mail slot every morning before sunrise.

As I wrote this story I used some of my personal experience with cancer, but mostly I relied on the experience of my good friends at The Sarcoma Alliance and their journies’ through this disease. I’ve followed them closely, included them in my thoughts and prayers, and their struggles have weighed heavy on my heart and mind.The past few weeks have marked some major surgeries and losses in our group. They are people I may only have known through a website, but I’d connected with through my heart. As May came around, to celebrate my continued health seemed unfair, insensitive and cruel in the face of all they lost.

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But, then I remembered when I was first diagnosed nine years ago. On that day I searched hungrily for stories of long term survivors and found none. Then I remembered how scared I was every time I had a scan or blood test because I’d never heard positive stories of survival from Synovial Sarcoma, only devastating ones. So I decided this is a post I have to make. Not for me, not for the families who wish their stories had turned out similarly, not for the hearts that break every day when the space their loved one used to occupy cries out because of its painful emptiness. I have to celebrate my survival so others will have hope for theirs1186055_10151814592916093_959913265_n

So, two weeks late, I celebrate. It has been nine years since I was declared cancer free—nine years since I started down a path to an unknown destination. I look back on those years and I thank God for them. Like the salt in a cake, the bitterness of my sickness has made the past nine years taste even sweeter.

10397833_10201361726644588_2571284491346198623_nPS- If you are suffering from this disease and if you need someone to talk to—please reach out via my email, in the comments or check out the Sarcoma Alliance FB page for a great support system: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sarcomaalliance/




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Time to Say Goodbye

  Posted by Joe Stephens in My Train of Thought, 23 May 2015 · 47 views

This blog's primary intent is to write about the author half of my life, but the reality is that it's impossible to completely compartmentalize myself. Sometimes I'm mostly a writer and sometimes I'm mostly a teacher and each thing contributes to being better at the other. This week, I can't imagine writing about anything other than being a teacher. Next week I'll be back to being mostly a writer for the summer.

Yesterday I said goodbye to another crop of seniors. As I knew in August when I met them, they broke my heart. They didn't do it on purpose and I'm not complaining because I signed on knowing I'd be devastated and besides, it's worth it.

A long time ago, my mentor, a man named Dan Daniel, and I discussed the fact that the way we relate to our kids made it a foregone conclusion that the last day of school would, barring some personal disaster, be the saddest day on the calendar. That's because we both have made the conscious choice to let our kids in. There are teachers who choose, consciously or not, to keep the relationship purely professional. They are the vendor and the students are the clients. There is an element of this for me, but I am simply not wired to leave it at that. I adopt my kids. They are my students and I do everything I can to teach them what they need to succeed in college, but they are also my children. They can come to me and talk about their life choices. They can eat lunch in my room and chat. They can cry on my shoulder when their loved ones are sick or even dying or when their girlfriend or boyfriend turns out to be a jerk. And because I allow myself to become a part of their personal lives, they automatically become part of mine. When you eat lunch with somebody almost every day for ten months, you become family.


But the time we have together is, by definition, finite. It has an expiration date. While the relationship between a parent and a child changes when the kid goes off to college, they still remain parent and child. When my kids leave, I am their "old English teacher." And in many ways that's sad. But it's also okay. For that short period of time, our relationship becomes quite intense and several kids, especially girls for some reason, grow to see me as a father figure. The times over the last couple of weeks I cried the hardest were when I got letters from students who talked of not having a real, reliable father in their lives and of how grateful they were to have, if only for this short time, a stable surrogate who was there for them literally every day. That's humbling. To know that I had the opportunity to show those kids that there are men who will love them unconditionally and won't take advantage of them is such a blessing and such a responsibility--a responsibility I don't take for granted or take lightly.

And yes, from time to time, a kid sticks beyond the terminus. I have lifelong friends who were once students. Their relationship morphed from teacher/student into friends and, in some cases, I have remained that father figure. That is one of the greatest joys in my life. Recently, I was visited by a former student who is now a doctor in Hershey, PA. She is, in every way that matters, a daughter in my heart and mind. She graduated almost fifteen years ago. Another young lady who lives in New Orleans who graduated even longer ago than that, is a real, significant part of my life. I visit her and she visits me. I got to see her graduate from law school and even officiated her wedding. Both of these people are my family as sure as my parents and siblings are. And there are others who, to some degree or another, remain close. This year, I can sense that there are a handful of kids who are going to hang around. How long is up to them. I would be happy if that were for a lifetime, but I'll settle for as long as they need me.

But mostly, that's just not true. A former student posted a picture today on her Facebook page of the last day of her senior year six years ago. I was first struck by how different the room looked, but then I was hit with the fact that, of the dozen or so faces I could see, there were maybe three or four I could actually name. Does that mean I didn't love those kids? No. Does it mean I wasn't important in their lives for that period of time? I would hope not. But my place in their lives was designed to be intense and short. Then, if we did it right, they would leave with warm memories of their wacky senior English teacher but also with some life lessons that would help guide them through college and life beyond. Lessons about love of literature, of course, but even more important were the lessons I tried to teach them about loving your fellow humans and about finding God and about living life with joy and passion and about doing the right thing even when it's difficult--or especially when it's difficult.

As I read back over this, I fear it makes me sound like some sort of saint, but the opposite is true. As I fought through my tears yesterday at the end of each class period, one thing I told each group was, that no matter what they think, I am the one who benefits most from this relationship. I get to have kids to love and hug and support for ten months and then I send them off to college with not a single bill to pay. But even more than that, they bring me joy and enthusiasm and zest for life. I often get mistaken for being younger than my 51 years, and that's all because of them. Teaching will either make you old fast or, if you're in it for the right reasons, it will keep you young forever.

So here's to never getting old.

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Query Kombat Submission Window

  Posted by Michelle4Laughs in Michelle4Laughs: It's in the Details, 22 May 2015 · 36 views

The submission window will open on May 22nd at 5:30 PM Eastern time and close in ONE hour. Repeat: YOU HAVE ONE HOUR TO ENTER ONLY. The window closes at 6:30PM.

We will have email confirmation. If you don't receive it within an hour of submitting your entry, contact us via twitter and let us know. Kontestants will be revealed on May 31th, and the tournament will kick off on June 1st.

ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY. No cheating and using other email addresses.


IMPORTANT: The Query Kombat team reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time for any reason. If an entrant is disqualified before the agent round, an alternate will take its place. If an entrant is disqualified after the agent round, the opposing entry will automatically advance to the next round. The only time we will ever disqualify an applicant is if you say or do something to blemish the spirit of query contests. Query Kombat is supposed to be fun…




So none of this!

In order to enter the contest you MUST follow formatting guidelines, and submit during the contest window. All entries that follow said guidelines will be considered.

In the event that we receive more than the available 64 spots (this is highly expected), Michelle, SC, and I will savagely attack the slush pile in attempts to build the best team. We will pick (and announce) three alternates in case a submission is disqualified.


Entries should be sent to: QueryKombat (at) gmail (dot) com. The email address has changed from last year. Be mindful of that.

Formatting guidelines:

Font: Times New Roman (or an equivalent), 12pt font, single-spaced with spaces between each paragraph. No (I repeat: NO!) indentations.

Subject line of the Email: A short, unique nickname for your entry [colon] your genre (audience included). Do not skip this step or your entry will be deleted. (ex. I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll: Adult Erotica)

For the nickname, make it as unique as possible so that there are no duplicates. These will be the names used in the tournament (or an abbreviated version if it's too long) so keep it PG-13 and try to have it relate to your story in some way.


In the body of the email (with examples):

Name: Michael Anthony
Email address: myboyfriendwasbittenbyashark (at) gmail (dot) com.


Entry Nickname: I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll
Title: Eunuchs and Politics
Word count: 68K
Genre: Adult Erotica

Query:

Your query letter here. Do not include your contact information. Do Not include your bio or comps. But include all the other paragraphs.

I FELL IN LOVE WITH A KEN DOLL tells the harrowing story of Barbra B. Doll, a US senator who goes against country, family, and the Illumaniti to be with an amateur surfer with no genitalia.


First 250 words:

Don't include the chapter title, and please, don't stop in the middle of a sentence. DO put spaces between paragraphs.

For PB follow these directions but send only 50 words, including art instruction.

All queries submitted are FINAL. We will not edit them in any way, shape, or form. Please read, reread, and rereread your submission before you hit send.


Because the immense amount of work ahead of us, the tournament will be hosted on three separate blogs. In order to enter the contest, you MUST following Michael's and Michelle's blogs, and have signed up for SC's monthly newsletter concerning the 'Write Inclusively' campaign.'

Good luck and may the odds ever be in your favor!


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BOOKCON! Sat., May 30th

  Posted by LucidDreamer in LucidDreamer's Blog, 22 May 2015 · 34 views

I will be signing copies of CROWN OF ICE at BookCon (Javits Center, NYC) from 11AM to 11:45AM on Saturday, May 30th. If you are attending BookCon, please drop by and see me at booth 2579 — Month9Books.

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Happy 81st Birthday, Mom

  Posted by Deb Borys in Debra R. Borys, 22 May 2015 · 26 views

This is my mother. I don’t mean this was my mother, or even this is a picture of my mother when she was a girl. I mean my mother is a girl. Sure she is 80 years old today and … Continue reading

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Query Kombat Submissions Open TODAY!

  Posted by SC_Author in SC Write--Writing, Publishing, and Harry Potter, 22 May 2015 · 11 views

The submission window will open on May 22nd at 5:30 PM Eastern time and close in ONE hour. Repeat: YOU HAVE ONE HOUR TO ENTER ONLY. The window closes at 6:30PM.

We will have email confirmation. If you don't receive it within an hour of submitting your entry, contact us via twitter and let us know. Kontestants will be revealed on May 31th, and the tournament will kick off on June 1st.

ONE ENTRY PER PERSON ONLY. No cheating and using other email addresses.


IMPORTANT: The Query Kombat team reserves the right to disqualify any entrant at any time for any reason. If an entrant is disqualified before the agent round, an alternate will take its place. If an entrant is disqualified after the agent round, the opposing entry will automatically advance to the next round. The only time we will ever disqualify an applicant is if you say or do something to blemish the spirit of query contests. Query Kombat is supposed to be fun…



So none of this!

In order to enter the contest you MUST follow formatting guidelines, and submit during the contest window. All entries that follow said guidelines will be considered.

In the event that we receive more than the available 64 spots (this is highly expected), Michelle, Mike, and I will savagely attack the slush pile in attempts to build the best team. We will pick (and announce) three alternates in case a submission is disqualified.

Entries should be sent to: QueryKombat (at) gmail (dot) com. The email address has changed from last year. Be mindful of that.

Formatting guidelines:

Font: Times New Roman (or an equivalent), 12pt font, single-spaced with spaces between each paragraph. No (I repeat: NO!) indentations.

Subject line of the Email: A short, unique nickname for your entry [colon] your genre (audience included). Do not skip this step or your entry will be deleted. (ex. I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll: Adult Erotica)

For the nickname, make it as unique as possible so that there are no duplicates. These will be the names used in the tournament (or an abbreviated version if it's too long) so keep it PG-13 and try to have it relate to your story in some way.


In the body of the email (with examples):

Name: Michael Anthony
Email address: myboyfriendwasbittenbyashark (at) gmail (dot) com.


Entry Nickname: I Fell in Love with a Ken Doll
Title: Eunuchs and Politics
Word count: 68K
Genre: Adult Erotica

Query:

Your query letter here. Do not include your contact information. Do Not include your bio or comps. But include all the other paragraphs.

I FELL IN LOVE WITH A KEN DOLL tells the harrowing story of Barbra B. Doll, a US senator who goes against country, family, and the Illumaniti to be with an amateur surfer with no genitalia.


First 250 words:

Don't include the chapter title, and please, don't stop in the middle of a sentence. DO put spaces between paragraphs.

For PB follow these directions but send only 50 words, including art instruction.

All queries submitted are FINAL. We will not edit them in any way, shape, or form. Please read, reread, and rereread your submission before you hit send.


Because the immense amount of work ahead of us, the tournament will be hosted on three separate blogs. In order to enter the contest, you MUST following Michael's and Michelle's blogs, and have signed up for SC's monthly newsletter concerning the 'Write Inclusively' campaign.

Good luck and may the odds ever be in your favor!


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Learning to Rewrite

  Posted by From The Write Angle in From The Write Angle Blog, 21 May 2015 · 27 views

by Jemi Fraser

For me learning to rewrite a draft was NOT an easy road.

Stage #1 - Complete Ignorance

  • in my first rewrite, I had no idea what I was doing. I went through the draft, fixed all the typos, tweaked some sentences, and was daring enough to eliminate a couple of paragraphs here and there
  • then I met some amazing folks over at Agent Query Connect and learned that a rewrite should be a slightly more intense process
Stage #2 - Gaining Confidence
  • the next step in my journey was realizing that everything I'd written in my first drafts didn't have to be included in the final draft. I could take out entire scenes. I could move entire scenes. Change pov.
  • these realizations actually shocked me, and took me a while to wrap my head around 
  • at this point, I carefully saved each new 'draft' with a date indicating the changes
Stage #3 - Gaining Crit Buddies
  • this changed my world and burst my naive little bubble. And I will be forever grateful.
  • I learned that a rewrite involved more than the tweaking I'd been doing.
  • reaching deep down into the story was pretty tough. I was faced with some big realizations. Probably the biggest one was that external conflict isn't enough. There needed to be internal conflict too. For both my MCs (I write romance).
  • this involved re-reading and re-writing scene by scene, making changes, keeping track of changes, making notes, deleting favourite scenes & lines, adding conflict (lots and lots of adding conflict)
  • I no longer saved drafts, only the main one, with a folder (I'd discovered Scrivener at this point) with the very few scenes I though I might want to reuse or rescue somehow
Stage #4 - A Real Rewrite
  • I tried my Stage 3 version of rewriting for several of my novels, and found it very discouraging. Several stories I know have tons of potential were languishing. I also discovered Stage 3 is HARD. Very hard. For me, a million times more difficult than writing a first draft.
  • brainwave!
  • I decided to dump all my chapters and scenes into a new Scrivener folder titled Draft 1
  • because I love (LOVE!!) writing first drafts, I decided to treat Draft 2 like a Draft 1
  • I rewrote the draft from scratch. At first I found it tough to not peek at the first draft, but it definitely got easier. The changes I needed to make were core changes and because of that, the story changed dramatically, while keeping the same basic plot elements, and I already knew those plot elements, so I didn't peek.
Stage #5 - Unknown
  • as I'm evolving as a writer, I know my style will change too
  • I've got 5 or 6 stories begging for rewrites (I was stuck fast in Stages 2 & 3 for far too long) and at this point I'm nearly salivating wanting to do a Stage 4 rewrite for each of them
  • I wonder if I'll have discovered Stage 5 by the time I get to them all?
Learning to write well (and to rewrite well) is a personal journey. My journey will probably look nothing like yours, but I hope by sharing mine, you might find some ideas to help you move along to the next step. Or suggestions as to what Stage 5 might look like for me!

Do you rewrite? Do your rewrites look anything like mine?

Jemi Fraser is an aspiring author of contemporary romance. She blogs  and tweets while searching for those HEAs.


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Learning to Love Revising

  Posted by Jemi in Just Jemi, 21 May 2015 · 25 views

I'm over at From the Write Angle today talking about what I've learned about rewriting. I'm nowhere near Expert level at this, but I've learned a lot in the last few years!

I MUCH prefer that initial draft - in fact, I could probably write 1st drafts forever and be happy.

But, I've learned to enjoy revising as well. I didn't think it would ever happen, but it has.

I like rereading that draft and finding sections I love, and sections that need to be eliminated post-haste!

I've learned to like weaving in details - although I'm still working at learning to weave in more description. Anyone else find that really, really hard???

I love the slash and burn rounds of editing. Trimming the story and finding those redundant phrases fills me with giddy pleasure. Weird, but true.

Adding/Deleting plot lines isn't something I'm adept at yet, but I'm working on it. Still gives me nightmares though!

How about you? What's your favourite (or least favourite!) part of the revising process?
(Hope to see you over at From the Write Angle!)

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Trope Awareness: High school stereotypes

  Posted by Mia K Rose in Mia K Rose | Forsaken Illusion, 19 May 2015 · 10 views

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Family, Writing, Work, Other. It's like taking a Poll.

Posted by D. E. Jackson in Adventures of Wolf 5, 05 May 2015 · 56 views

There are going to be needs. You have to take care of family. You have to work. And sometimes Writing takes a back seat. I'm writing this today because I have two weeks left before school is out. The house will no longer have the quiet vibe I need to write and it will be out of the question. I thought some might be in the same boat and I'd like to share some ways you could do other things that pertain to writing while you wait for the next school year. Here is a list I'm going to try this summer.

Family: First off, Family must come first! I cannot stress this enough. I know you want that book written and edited. That query done to perfection. Researching that might take hours. But first! You must see to the Needs of family. So this summer we are...

Planting a garden and caring for it.
Doing some yard work. (I have a beautiful big yard)
Fishing (I have a small creek in my backyard, though I don't know if we will catch anything)
Walk the neighborhood
Bird watch and learn about nature.

Benefits for writing:
Gardening- a good description on how hard or soft the ground can be when traveling will be of good use in my books.
Fishing- I can learn about minnows, and maybe even frogs should my characters ever run across a stream.
Walk the neighborhood- I can meet new people and perhaps pick up new personalities, features, and habits that would go good with characters.
Bird watch and learn about nature- I can learn about the Flora and Fauna my characters might be traveling through and perhaps morph them a bit to be of more interest. (have your phone or a note pad ready and take notes.)

Work: Most of you will have people you see everyday. You already know them well. So I suggest switching their personality with another.
What would this person be like if they had so and so's personality instead?
How would the person with the bald head act if he suddenly had a full head of hair?
What if the beautiful girl who sits at her desks and knows she's got it all suddenly didn't?
You get the idea.

For you stay at home moms, such as myself:
What if your child's room were actually clean! Yeah right.
What if your floor was a different color? Had wood? Had carpet?
What types of homes or places would your characters visit?
How would they feel in your home and feel about you as a hostess?
Who would you need to be to please them?
What type of house would they feel comfortable in or uncomfortable?
What kind of sounds do you hear in your home and how would you describe them? (My house makes noises. I think its the change in the weather.)

In every activity you do, look for the possibilities and write them down when they come to you. I hope I've helped while you wait to write again. I'll post what I've learned throughout the summer for future writing. Until then, stay strong! :)

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Upcoming Writer Contest Alert

  Posted by Lora Palmer in Lora Palmer's Blog, 30 April 2015 · 52 views



Hey, fellow writers! I want to share a contest alert with you guys.

Michelle Hauck is gearing up for another lovely contest for unagented writers who have a completed, finished and query-ready manuscript. Get ready for Query Kombat! The entry window opens May 22nd at 5:30 pm Eastern time and lasts for an hour. So, you still have plenty of time to get those submissions polished to perfection. Check here for more info.

The fun thing about contests is the connections you make with other writers on twitter while you all wait together to see whose entries are chosen, no matter how it all turns out. Give a shout out if you're planning to join in!

For me, I'll probably stop by and cheer you all on, but I'm going to focus on my short stories and editing my second novel. I''ll try to get RED SKY all shiny and sparkly by this time next year--if not sooner, which would be awesome-- and will definitely try my luck with contests again.

Best of luck, everyone!




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Zing

  Posted by K McClelland in Teardrops On My Book, 30 April 2015 · 34 views

Several Z words going through my mind. (Surprising since I had some issues with X and Y).

When I was a little younger, if I heard Zig-Zag, my mind tended to think of herbs...

Zapped makes me think of a Disney movie that my kids have made me watch twice. (And I don't hate it although it's not my favorite.)

And speaking of, Zendaya is a really awesome young lady. I like that my kids look up to her. (Hence why they needed to see Zapped several times and why I needed to record the Radio Disney Music Awards).

And the last Z word I thought of was zing. One of my favorite movies for I'm not really sure what reason exactly is Hotel Transylvania. I'm a little more excited than I should be about them coming out with a sequel really. But why I thought of zing because of it, in case you haven't seen the movie, is because that's what they call that feeling when you meet the one.

I always find it interesting in stories to hear what words they use. In romance novels of the paranormal variety I tend to hear people giving a title to that feeling. It's neat how different writers can come up with different things. Lynsay Sands calls them 'life mates' in her Argeneau series. JR Ward uses hellren, shellan, and also leelan for her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. And even Laurell K Hamilton uses different terms for Anita's many different lovers/boyfriend/whatever...

In Hotel Transylvania, that 'zing' is when you look into someone's eyes and just feel it. That pull, that voice screaming they're the one. A zing only happens once in a lifetime and it's not guaranteed to happen at all. It can seem a little cheesy, but so do the other love stories sometimes. I'm a sucker for love stories though so oh well.

Damn it's been one helluva month. Glad that's it's over, hate to see it go a little. Only a little though because April has honestly kinda sucked outside of the little blog world.

Thanks to all who stopped by this month. If I haven't been around to your site yet, I'm very sorry and I'm going over all my commenters today to make sure I stop in on you all. I'll do the same for those from today. I hope you had fun, if you hang around after the challenge I hope I can keep you entertained.

Have a great day and I'll see you next time. :)

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Posted by songwenjie in songwenjie's Blog, 27 April 2015 · 43 views

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Beginners.....got to start somewhere

Posted by Jenn_TheBookGeek in Jenn_TheBookGeek's Blog, 25 April 2015 · 59 views

You know how the old saying goes...."Got to start somewhere", so that's what I'm doing. This is my start. I have never had a blog nor have I ever belonged to any type of literary website. At least that's what I consider Agent Query Connect to be. I'm hopeful to read other aspiring writers work and not so much to "put myself out there" to have my own work read. I love to read and as much as I would love the chance to be published, I just can't seem to put a book down long enough to get it done! Is there anyone like me out there? Just curious...

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