• 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…

  • Query Letter,  Story Graveyard,  Story Vault

    Query Letter Graveyard

    I thought it would be fun to gather all of my previous submission attempts in one place. This is long, but you will be vastly entertained. ^_^ So, here are all my wonderfully fantastic Past Queries. Commentary provided by my awesome alter ego: Me, Myself, and I. Most Bios & “Thank yous for reading this” have been truncated for brevity. Also, the bios sucked. #1 – Query in the First Dear Ms. Agent, I read on your website that you are accepting query letters from a variety of genres, including Young Adullt (yep, sent it out with 2 ls – so, like…definitely needed to reread stuff before I sent it)…

  • Awards,  Query Letter,  Writing Journey

    I’d Like To Thank The Academy…

    I’m bringing you this extra special blog post because July is full (yes, I’m crazy) and blogger & writer Elise Fallson has bestowed upon me the Very Inspiring Blogger Award seen here: I’d like to thank Elise for my very first blog award, and if you haven’t been to her blog, I encourage you to check it out. Elise is awesome. 🙂 The Rules: 1* Display the award on your blog (check) 2* Link back to the person who gave you the award (check) 3* Share 7 things about yourself (all righty) 4* Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and link back to them (Elise only nominated one person…

  • Agent Hunt,  Closet Mad Scientist,  Query Letter

    Closet Mad Scientist

    Today I’m unveiling the results of my top secret query experiment! In which I set out to prove a point to myself (and confirm some suspicions based on my and other writers’ experiences). It’s no surprise (to me anyway) that I find the query process a little scientific. So I wanted to conduct an experiment, the result of which might save myself (and perhaps others) a whole lot of time in the future. The Research: I ran around the internet trying to truncate my list of over 100 agents to get the ones I thought would be the best fit for the story I was sending out. (Hours scouring over…

  • Agent Hunt,  Query Letter,  Writing Journey

    Love Me A Query Letter…

    I’m finishing up my editing and it’s time for a new agent hunt to begin. This will be my fifth time going through this. I don’t have an exact count of my lifetime rejections, but it’s around 85 (including agents who didn’t respond). Even if all goes well, I’ll still make it 100. I guess I should track down an official total and throw myself a party when I get to that number. I thought this would be a good time to reflect on past querying experiences. ^_^ Book 1 – Sudden Fury (circa 2007 & 2008) Since I only have two form replies, I can’t be for certain, but…