• Agent Hunt,  Creative Writing 101,  Facts of Life,  Writing Journey

    New Adventures in QueryTracker Land

    So, I’ve had an account on QueryTracker.net for about 4 years now, and they have two account options: free membership and premium membership for $25 a year. Last year, they did a bit of remodeling. Things were updated and moved around. Templates were changed. Anywho, I had a premium account for a couple of years because I’m crazy and like to stalk the internet and obsess about crap. However, I recently decided to stop being SUCH a nutball, so I went back to the regular membership to calm my happy butt down. I assumed all of my stuff was where I left it. I even went in earlier this year to make…

  • Agent Hunt,  Fun,  Writing World

    Dramatic Monologue

    Or HOW TO NOT FALL APART WHEN YOU GO A-QUERYING Fortunately or Unfortunately, I am a query trench veteran. To the point where I see someone pontificating about how it’s their second or third time querying and getting all bent out of shape and I laugh. (But I sympathize inside.) In any case, back a while ago when I sent out my first ever query letter in 2007, I got rejected and didn’t send out another one for almost 10 months. True story. It was just the one! Times have changed. I used to cry over every single rejection. I’ve even been known to throw a complete hissy fit and vow…

  • Agent Hunt,  Facts of Life,  Story Graveyard,  Writing Journey

    That Time I Hated My Story For No Reason

    Once upon a time, a girl was struck by this AWESOME-fied idea for a story. After getting over the initial new story excitement and subsequent bouts of self-doubt over the idea that happens with EVERY single idea she has, she sat down to write a story. And she wrote and wrote and wrote and was having a blast! Soon(ish), the first draft was finished to MUCH celebrations, and she immediately stuffed the story into a virtual drawer to sit while she twiddled her thumbs worked on her query letter and synopsis and compiled a long(ish) list of revision notes. After a couple of weeks, she went back to her draft…

  • Agent Hunt,  Creative Writing 101,  Poetry,  Tips,  Writing World

    That Time I Talked To A Gnat

    When is the last time you spoke to nature? Out loud? The last time I talked to something in nature was a couple of weeks ago. It was to a gnat flying around my computer. I apologized, and then I smashed it to guts with my bare hands. Yes, I am a gnat-catcher. And no, gnat guts do not bother me. But smushed gnats is not the topic of today’s wonderful, awesome post. No, on September 20th, I attended the Second Annual Creative Writer’s Conference of Middle Tennessee held at MTSU by the resident non-degree writing program MTSU Write, formerly (and I think betterly) known as The Loft. This is…

  • Agent Hunt,  Query Letter,  Tips

    Query Mania!

    To recap: this post is going to cover both the Quantum Query panel at UtopYA Con 2014 and also C.J. Redwine’s Query book. Once again, you can find the book HERE, and info on her Query Workshop by following the link. ^_^ ANYWHO! Onto the panel: Panelists include: C.J. Redwine, J.A. Souders, Trisha Wolfe, and Rachel Harris. One of the tips we were given on how to write a good query is to watch movie trailers and see if we can gather what the story is about from the trailer. I thought that was a really interesting idea! About Queries: The query should cover the first 20 to 30% of the book, be NO LONGER…