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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 23 April 2016 · 80 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 /><br />Wolf, a teenage soldier of Māori descent, struggles with his asexual identity as he fights to protect the Empire from the Rebels. Their forces are growing stronger, fuelled by every wrongful death at the hands of the Emperor. They have to be stopped, before everything Wolf has ever known is destroyed. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">A few things - this sounds like high fantasy or sci-fi,&nbsp;but you have a descendant of a real-life tribe mentioned here. I'm not sure that's the best approach. Also, while the asexual identity is a good character trait to mention in the&nbsp;query, it has&nbsp;nothing to do with&nbsp;anything&nbsp;else going on in this hook.</span><br /><br />Once a scamp on the streets, and now a star soldier in the Army, Wolf is still as alone as ever. Loyalty to the Empire is crucial, and so he must stand by as all troublemakers are executed, despite his growing misgivings about the Empire's methods. Questioning orders is not an option. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">This would&nbsp;almost make a better hook - your intro paragraph is rather generic. It could be the lead in to just&nbsp;about&nbsp;any "rise against the power" SF/F tale. Consider&nbsp;blending this with Rebel&nbsp;mentions in first para to create your hook, and leave LGBT mentions for title, word&nbsp;count para at the end.</span><br /><br />After discovering a traitor amongst his fellow soldiers, <span style="color: #6aa84f;">kill the comma here</span> and watching his friend die in a Rebel ambush, Wolf can't tell who to trust. One by one, lies, secrets, and betrayals are unveiled. He starts to suspect Pablo, a Training Instructor, of working with the Rebels, but when Wolf reports his suspicions, attention is drawn to him and his sympathy for the scamps. As even his own mind turns against him <span style="color: #6aa84f;">what does this mean?</span>, Wolf struggles to cope with the responsibility the Emperor has given him.<br /><br />The Emperor has a plan to defeat the Rebels. Wolf is forced to make a decision between listening to his conscience and losing everything he's worked for, or agreeing to set a trap for the Rebels, using his own people as bait. This could be their one chance to win the war. But Wolf is no longer sure about what he's fighting for. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Again, I'm not seeing the asexuality coming into play at any point in the plot. Don't just use it in the hook as an&nbsp;attempt to draw in an agent unless it's truly&nbsp;important to the plot.</span><br /><br />THE EMPIRE is a young adult dystopian novel of 85,000 words featuring a diverse LGBT+ cast. It's a stand-alone book with series potential. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">The mention here of LBGT is great - I would stick with this as your&nbsp;mention&nbsp;of character traits&nbsp;because it puts it out there without&nbsp;making it seem like a focus, which makes me think is a better&nbsp;representation of the book itself.&nbsp;</span>

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Book Talk & Giveaway: AWAKE by Natasha Preston

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 22 April 2016 · 82 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://d.gr-assets.com/books/1425499436l/22881022.jpg"]https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1425499436l/22881022.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1425499436l/22881022.jpg"[/url] width="213" /></a></div>Scarlett can't remember anything from before she was four years old and her family lost their home in a fire. She's put her lost memories behind her, until a car accident forces them to the surface, along with a name of a little girl that she knows is a real person - not a memory of her favorite doll, as her parents keep telling her. Determined to discover the truth with the support of her new boyfriend, Noah, Scarlett starts seeing a hypnotist.<br /><br />Noah doesn't like the outside world. Leaving behind the commune to help bring Scarlett back into the fold so that she can fulfill her destiny isn't easy for him. But as he starts to actually fall for her instead of just pretending to, he has to question the commune's goal - which will end in her death.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b179" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b179/"[/url] id="rcwidget_2bz22njg" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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Where I'll Be This Week, Spotted in Shanghai, And 5 Reasons To Read Not A Drop To Drink

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 18 April 2016 · 85 views

This week I will be at the <a href="[url="http://www.ualibrary.org/"]http://www.ualibrary.org/[/url]" target="_blank">Upper Arlington Public Library</a> on Thursday, April 21 from 7-8:30 PM along with other featured authors who will be at the Ohioana Book Festival.<br /><div><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o_ajhULbjRs/VxTyq-PFbII/AAAAAAAADg8/9qMS7cJUR6oL903tEBGod1PPKSv6rY6PACK4B/s1600/Tremont.png"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="143" [url="src="]src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o_ajhULbjRs/VxTyq-PFbII/AAAAAAAADg8/9qMS7cJUR6oL903tEBGod1PPKSv6rY6PACK4B/s400/Tremont.png"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Followed by the <a [url="href="]href="http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/"[/url] target="_blank">Ohioana Book Festival</a> which is on Saturday, April 23 at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel. For a list of participating authors who will be at the event, <a [url="href="]href="http://www.ohioana.org/programs/2016-book-festival-authors/"[/url] target="_blank">click here</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-37saH68qD_Y/VxTzF5-gFfI/AAAAAAAADhE/-LgPP1D1YzwGWfo-v_eg2qop9hS0UdqSACK4B/s1600/OhioBookFestival2014VSmall.png"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="268" [url="src="]src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-37saH68qD_Y/VxTzF5-gFfI/AAAAAAAADhE/-LgPP1D1YzwGWfo-v_eg2qop9hS0UdqSACK4B/s400/OhioBookFestival2014VSmall.png"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">I also want to share with you this photo that fellow Ohio author Margaret Peterson Haddix sent to me from China! She is currently in Shanghai on a book tour and spotted students from the Shanghai America School reading NOT A DROP TO DRINK! So exciting to see my book in the hands of students overseas.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VMVZUmCzPtM/VxTzisy_mvI/AAAAAAAADhQ/2xAXxVmsqv49KjdEphsjOur598N1jQEhwCK4B/s1600/CgSS1pXUYAAKYXy.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="267" [url="src="]src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VMVZUmCzPtM/VxTzisy_mvI/AAAAAAAADhQ/2xAXxVmsqv49KjdEphsjOur598N1jQEhwCK4B/s400/CgSS1pXUYAAKYXy.jpg"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lastly, I must share this fantastic BookTuber video from Trina of Between Chapters, who is one of my biggest fans. She put together a great video of 5 Reasons to Read Not A Drop To Drink.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" [url="src="]src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pcdoJOE2PmI"[/url] width="400"></iframe></div>

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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 16 April 2016 · 85 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 /><br />Twelve-year-old Amanda is a vibrant spot in a boring town, thanks to her vivid imagination and adventuresome spirit. Even her neon-green crocs <span style="color: #6aa84f;">I like the voice here but I'm not&nbsp;are about using a brand name in a query. Also, I think Crocs might be out</span>&nbsp;and bright-yellow denim cutoffs can be seen from outer space. Too bad the only thing remotely interesting—and kind of creepy—about her town is the never-before-seen bacterium that broke out a month ago. The mysterious disease only infects kids, giving them cold-like symptoms along with a ring of purple sores on their foreheads. Even more disturbing, none of the infected has <span style="color: #6aa84f;">(have - assuming the infected are plural)</span>&nbsp;recovered. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">This is reading&nbsp;great, but maybe a touch more here on what you mean by&nbsp;recovered. Are they home in bed? In the hospital? Dying, or just inconvenienced and scared?</span><br /><br />But after an inspiring Social Studies lesson on famous explorers, Amanda investigates the woods by her house, yanking her friend Sam along for the mission. Much to their surprise, they discover what appears to be a giant spaceship in the forest’s clearing. They then spaz out as they witness every grownup in town, including their parents, fly out of the ship Superman-style. Completing the frightening scene is the school nurse carrying the bacterium’s latest unconscious victim into the ship.<br /><br />Amanda and Sam put two and two together—aliens must have replaced all the adults in town and are testing the bacterium on the kids before using it for global domination. Amanda and Sam race to alert the authorities in the next town, but the aliens are one step ahead. And now that Amanda and Sam <span style="color: #6aa84f;">have started&nbsp;</span>start exhibiting signs of the debilitating bacterial infection themselves, they’re running out of time not just to save themselves, but all of mankind.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Read it to yourself out loud to double check your tenses, but overall this is in good&nbsp;shape and just needs that final polish&nbsp;before you start querying!</span>

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Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: RUINED by Amy Tintera

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 15 April 2016 · 52 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://d.gr-assets.com/books/1445240167l/26074185.jpg"]https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1445240167l/26074185.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1445240167l/26074185.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div>Emalina is one of the last royalty of her people, the Ruined. Once powerful, yet feared for their magic and cruelty of their ruling family, they were destroyed by the neighboring kingdom of Lera. Em saw her parents murdered, and her younger sister Olivia kidnapped. Though Em is the older sister, she did inherit magical abilities, and Olivia is now the rightful Queen. And Em is determined to save her at all costs.<br /><br />Em ambushes the Leran Prince's fiancee's carriage on its way to their marriage - and what would have been their first meeting. She takes the girl's place, posing as the Princess Mary and following through with a marriage to one of the worst enemies of her people - the royal family of Lera. Though she expects to hate her new husband, she'll suffer anything - even her wedding night - to learn where the Lerans are holding her sister.<br /><br />But Prince Casimir is kind and nothing like his father, who would see all Ruined hunted down and executed. When one of Em's conspirators and best friends is captured in the woods, Cas even listens to his wife when she raises questions about the treatment of the Ruined, and the Leran policy of killing them on sight.<br /><br />Em finds herself dangerously close to falling in love with her husband - the man she will need to kill when she and the other Ruined spring their trap, and release her sister.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b178" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b178/"[/url] id="rcwidget_hkh08s53" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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What I'm Up To This Week

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 11 April 2016 · 69 views

First of all, a huge thanks to everyone that helped make the Kindle Daily Deal for NOT A DROP TO DRINK such a huge success over the weekend. It makes a farm girl from Ohio feel good to see her book hanging with the bigwigs.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DIL6v49XfU4/VwujVll2v4I/AAAAAAAADgQ/RWY2JoOUEL4Kgsq0015ofTfi0dKI1EfOA/s1600/Kindle.png"]https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DIL6v49XfU4/VwujVll2v4I/AAAAAAAADgQ/RWY2JoOUEL4Kgsq0015ofTfi0dKI1EfOA/s1600/Kindle.png[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="350" [url="src="]src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DIL6v49XfU4/VwujVll2v4I/AAAAAAAADgQ/RWY2JoOUEL4Kgsq0015ofTfi0dKI1EfOA/s400/Kindle.png"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And if you'd like to hang out with me this week the place to do that would be the <a [url="href="]href="http://www.smfpl.org/event/2016_04_13/meet_author_mindy_mcginnis"[/url] target="_blank">Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library</a> in Stow, Ohio at 7PM on Wednesday the 13th. I'll be talking about the inspiration behind NOT A DROP TO DRINK, my publishing journey, as well as selling and signing books.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bvAJm-aCRc0/VwukPEVWyNI/AAAAAAAADgc/JRZM3JhTLsAvEvj00dyXFxxFiB54Ua9Ng/s1600/Stow.png"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="235" [url="src="]src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bvAJm-aCRc0/VwukPEVWyNI/AAAAAAAADgc/JRZM3JhTLsAvEvj00dyXFxxFiB54Ua9Ng/s400/Stow.png"[/url] width="400" /></a></div><br />

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NOT A DROP TO DRINK Is The Kindle Deal of the Day! $1.99

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 10 April 2016 · 105 views

<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="[url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tl7xHdu4vps/VwpVjw27uwI/AAAAAAAADgE/eJGwcVbvHu0YFAokmnCwtWKya-KKIHzTg/s1600/51UALUhPkVL._SX329_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg"]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tl7xHdu4vps/VwpVjw27uwI/AAAAAAAADgE/eJGwcVbvHu0YFAokmnCwtWKya-KKIHzTg/s1600/51UALUhPkVL._SX329_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="640" [url="src="]src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tl7xHdu4vps/VwpVjw27uwI/AAAAAAAADgE/eJGwcVbvHu0YFAokmnCwtWKya-KKIHzTg/s640/51UALUhPkVL._SX329_BO1%252C204%252C203%252C200_.jpg"[/url] width="424" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;">NOT A DROP TO DRINK is the&nbsp;</span><a [url="href="]href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BATIJYE/ref=br_prlt_grdDy_pdt-9?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=merchandised-search-3&amp;pf_rd_r=1N0PAMHCMX6HFBT042HV&amp;pf_rd_t=101&amp;pf_rd_p=b427fae0-4692-4574-b773-a7f887c3634d&amp;pf_rd_i=7533915011"[/url] style="text-align: start;" target="_blank">Kindle Deal of the Day</a><span style="text-align: start;">, $1.99 for today only!</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><i>From Amazon:</i></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: start;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: start;"><i>Fans of classic frontier survival stories, as well as readers of dystopian literature, will enjoy this futuristic story where water is worth more than gold. New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed." With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl's journey in a frontierlike world not so different from our own.</i></div><div style="text-align: start;"><i><br /></i></div><div style="text-align: start;"><i>Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and most important, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty—or doesn't leave at all. Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it. . . .</i></div><div style="text-align: start;"><i><br /></i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="text-align: start;"></span></i></div><div style="text-align: start;"><i>For more in this gritty world, join Lynn on an epic journey to find home in the companion novel, In a Handful of Dust.</i></div>

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Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: THE BLOOD BETWEEN US by Zac Brewer

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 08 April 2016 · 113 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://d.gr-assets.com/books/1444754819l/26198173.jpg"]https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1444754819l/26198173.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1444754819l/26198173.jpg"[/url] width="212" /></a></div>Adrien has never liked or trusted his sister Grace. Even though he was adopted into their family, they're too alike for comfort, always competing against each other as their intellects clash. When their parents die in a lab explosion, Adrien seeks solace by escaping to a California boarding school.<br /><br />Three years away from Grace should be enough to allow old wounds to heal, but when a family friend's illness brings Adrien back home for his senior year, he discovers that the two of them are at each other's throats more than ever. To make matters worse, Grace has spent his absence spreading stories about Adrien in the boarding school they now share. He's returned home to find no new bonds with his sister, and old ones severed by her lies.<br /><br />When he receives anonymous texts claiming that Grace had something to do with their parent's death, Adrian ignores them. Until he remembers a mysterious journal of his father's with missing pages that Grace has in her possession. With few friends and less people to believe him, Adrien fears that Grace's secrets might be dangerous to more people than just their dead parents.<br /><br /><a class="rcptr" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b175/"[/url] rel="nofollow" data-raflid="2071810b175" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_ve4mhgjq">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script>[/url]

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Research As Writing Inspiration & The Cure For Writer's Block

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 04 April 2016 · 72 views

One of the most common questions I get when I do school and library visits is how I deal with writer's block. My answer is not a popular one, but it remains the same.<br /><br />I don't necessarily think writer's block exists. If it does I haven't experienced it yet, so if / when I do I will come back to this post and eat some crow. For now I call it procrastination, something all writers are familiar with, and I think procrastination itself is a symptom of fear.<br /><br />I always have ideas, I just don't necessarily know how to execute them. Typically if I've hit a scene that is dragging or I simply don't know what happens next, it's because I don't know enough about my topic to deliver. For example I was recently writing a scene that took place in the back of an ambulance. I had no idea what the medics were wearing, what machines they had back there, what kind of language they would use to communicate with each other. It took three days and the exchange of over 25 emails with an EMT friend in order to finish that scene - which is only two pages long.<br /><br />That's a snail's pace, and incredibly frustrating. But diving into the research for the particular disease that afflicts my main character was enlightening in more ways than just medical terms. I'd reached the halfway point on the manuscript and was wading into waters that went over my head. I vaguely knew what I wanted to have happen in my plot, but knew I needed a juicy subplot in order to avoid a saggy middle.<br /><br />Some research provided me with exactly what I needed. Just a few lines out of a medical journal provided a simple fact - candidates for heart transplants wear pagers to be alerted when a heart that matches them is available &nbsp;- and suddenly I had a supporting character, a subplot, and an entire backstory for her that would could nicely draw out a few of my main character's less-lovely characteristics.<br /><br />One line of research provided me with enough material to fill at least a quarter of the gaping back half of my book. Being a pantser isn't for everyone, and I know that if I were a planner I could have avoided this particular gaping hole of almost-writer's-block that stared me down last week. But I stared back, did some research, emailed some friends, and it flinched first.

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  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 02 April 2016 · 110 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 /><br />Eloise Assad doesn’t think anyone would make the mistake of calling her lucky. Lucky people have families, living bodies, and souls. Eloise sleeps in a grave and works for her sworn enemies: the mages who stake the undead. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Unless luck plays a real part in the plot or theme of the book, I wouldn't use it in a hook. Also why would she be&nbsp;working for her enemies?</span><br /><br />The mages know Eloise is a vampire, but to almost everyone else, she uses glamour to pose as a witch. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">So that's better in this society?&nbsp;</span>Her secret keeps her alive in southwest Colorado, where climate change refugees have overwhelmed the town of Senna. With thousands of people on the move, there’s no shortage of evil magicians and monsters swarming to Senna to take advantage of them: vampires, sorcerers, shapeshifting mavens, doppelgangers, wraiths and ghouls. Eloise and the mages protect the defenseless from harm. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">So it's post-apocalyptic and fantasy? It sounds here&nbsp;like all of these supernatural creatures are part of daily life now. It might take some&nbsp;explaining within the query. Did they just show up along with the climate change to&nbsp;terrorize people? Or is this like an alternate earth&nbsp;where the creatures were always there in the&nbsp;first place?</span>&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />But a terrible enemy <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Human? Supernatural?</span>&nbsp;has infiltrated headquarters, and discovered Eloise and her secrets – including the fact that Eloise is in love with a mage. A love that’s forbidden within the strict laws of magic. She doesn’t realize her unrequited feelings are a perfect tool to destroy her as well as the man she loves. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Still not&nbsp;understanding the&nbsp;dynamic of Eloise working for her&nbsp;sworn enemies in the first place. I assumed it was a slave / forced indenture sort of thing but it's not reading that way.</span><br /><br />Eloise is now the target of a powerful sorceress, an ancient priestess in control of a coven of vampires. They’ve found a way to annihilate all the mages, starting with everyone in Senna.<br /><br />As Eloise and her teammates fight for their lives, Eloise must confront nightmares and secrets, terror and lies, her forbidden love and her greatest fear, as she tries to outwit an enemy who is always three steps ahead—only to find herself caught in one final trap. In a vampire temple full of snakes and human bones, Eloise has to face the hard truth that she will never save the people she loves unless the most ruthless vampire in the room is herself. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">So is that a problem for her? Does she hate what she is?</span> &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">We need to&nbsp;know a lot more about our MC's feelings - not just the romance. Does she hate&nbsp;being a vampire? Why is she working for the mages? What&nbsp;does "working for them" entail? Do the mages only go after vampires? If she's using her glamour to&nbsp;pretend to be a witch, then being a witch must be okay... but being any number of other things&nbsp;isn't? The world building needs a better explanation within the query in order for this to come together.</span>

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