• 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…

  • Writing Journey

    You Tried…Now, It’s Over: A Monologue

    Scenario: You sacrificed months of your time slaving over a novel. Weeks slaving over a query letter and synopsis. And months querying and losing sleep over the crickets chirping in your inbox. Now, you’re exhausted. You’ve garnered a bunch of rejections! Got a bit a interest (or NONE!), but ultimately, you find yourself still without representation. What do you do now?  There are a few options. You can edit and keep trying. You can not edit and keep trying. You can re-evaluate some things and see if you’d like to go with a small press. You can re-evaluate and see if you’d like to self-publish. You can just throw yer crap…

  • 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…

  • Fun,  Lists,  Writing World

    Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

    Anyone who’s ever been in the query trenches knows that there’s a lot of waiting when it comes to the publishing world. Waiting on query replies. Waiting to hear back on manuscript requests. Waiting to go on submission. Waiting to hear news from going on submission. Waiting. It can be super tempting to check your email 57 times a day. It can even get to the point where you’ll take anything, even the rudest rejection imaginable, if it means that there’s an email in your query inbox. (And if you haven’t set up a separate querying email, I suggest you do that now. Trust me. This way when you check…