Thursday, May 26, 2011

Now on Facebook...

So I took the plunge and started my own Facebook author page. Slightly premature, maybe. But oh well, it passes the time. If you are interested in following me there, please click on this link:

Just remember that you have to be signed in to get to the page. And don't forget to like me! Please. As soon as I get 25 likes I can get a real URL. YAY!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When to edit...

I'm in the midst of a quandry.

I received the first half of my novel back from my beta reader and while I agreed with her comments, I have no clue as to how to apply them. Or even if I should apply them. And if I do apply them, is it worth my time because maybe I'm crazy and I have no chance whatsoever of getting this thing repped. Yeah, it's time for me to start second guessing myself apparently.
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So my main issue (or rather my beta reader's main issue) is that the voice of my novel is too authentic. She did admit that she generally shies away from the time period because it is so formal. Perhaps I need to get more feedback before I make any substantive changes. But then again, I'm on a deadline. And still yet, the idea of doing line-by-line edits again is so not appealing.

So my question for today is when do you decide to make changes to your writing? Do you have any suggestions for keeping me sane since more edits are probably in my future?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's been a while....

But I have good reason. You want to know why?

I'm finished.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the next to final draft of "The Enemy Within" is complete. And not only complete, but off to my beta reader in its entirety. I'm just so estatic I can't help but grin like a fool. I think I am more happy now than I was when I finished the first draft. Of course, I am absolutely freaking out with fear as well. I have never released the whole thing to someone before, so I don't know what the reaction will be. I have gotten good reviews from the few chapters I have released before, but I am trying to keep my feet firmly on the ground.

An excellent plan if I do say so myself.

So how about you all? Do you have any momentous occasions to report?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Brief Post...

So apparently the chest cold from the black abyss has sapped my creative energy in addition to my physical energy. It has been over a week now since I first started sniffling and I'm still hacking like a sixty year old woman who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day. I am actually longing to go home as we speak, but unfortunately, I sapped my sick leave account in the height of this mess. So onward I trudge....

Anyhoo, I shall be brief, but I thought to share a post from super-former-agent-extraordinaire Nathan Bransford. He has been doing a great series this week on how he writes and I have found it extremely informative. Today he shared his query letter, the one that got him representation for his JACOB WONDERBAR Series. It is very interesting in that it breaks many rules that are commonly bandied about on various internet writing forums and blogs. But it really is a great letter and it has inspired me to incorporate some of the elements into my own query letter (that is finished even though there is still work to be done...sigh).

For those of you who have written query letters--did you stick to the tried and true formula or did go out on the limb? If you haven't written a letter yet--have you got something in mind already?