Have you ever wondered how you could help your friend, the author, out? Well, the wonderful and brilliant John Kremer has made quite a comprehensive list. I read it and said (out loud) UH HUH…UH HUH…UH HUH…So I guess you could say I really agreed with him. Here (in a nutshell) is the list: 1. Buy the book. Now, this should be a no-brainer, but I guess some people need to be told? I guess??? 2. Buy the book SOONER — and I took this to mean, if there is a pre-order period, BUY IT THEN! 3. Order the book
So, after posting the last post about wanting to get an agent and go for the gold, I started working on my query letter. Ugh. I am focusing on Loran Rudder and the Secret Key because it is my first YA novel in a while, and it is what I consider to be sort of different from what is out there…sort of. At least the common thread between all of us writing YA is different. It is NOT paranormal, nor dystopian. I have been researching the market, and I could be wrong. There seem to be some books like it
I counted it up and as of this date, I have six full-length novels, one novella, and one heckuva lot of short stories to my credit. Well, me and Kaycee Conners. That other side of me. And what do I have to show for all that work? A writing voice. A bunch of published words, albeit some not so worthy, and a great desire to stretch out and see if I have improved enough to get an agent, and maybe a writing life worth my efforts. Not saying self-publishing isn’t a good way to go, it is. But when it
Think I will talk about the weather… what was your first clue? I am tired of writing. I have been writing nearly non-stop since 2008 and I have no constant feeling of ever stopping. I have tried to stop. I quit once a week. It never fails though, as soon as I am convinced I will not write again, a story will pop in my mind while I am busy doing something else. Usually during a shower or an exercise routine. But now, in the throes of fall, the calm before the storm of winter sets in, I just want
… another fantasy… It’s about magic, and it has a lot of weird and wonderful stuff in it that I never dreamed I would write. It is still YA maybe a bit younger than YA, in fact. I need to keep at Loran Rudder and the Secret Key, but sometimes it just gets to be too much to write on two different books in the same few days. I am slap worn out from all the writing I have been doing lately, including short stories and blog posts. But I’m not gonna quit cuz that ain’t in my vocabulary.