Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Slacker

I'm a little bit of a slacker this week.

I'm working on the query: TRANSLATE...I'm pulling out my hair and eating too much chocolate (so I'm slacking on my blogging).

I knew queries were hard, but getting my whole book into one paragraph is more tricky than I thought.

I'm also agent shopping (wish it were that easy). I have two that I have in mind (that I really, really, really want). So I'm on query tracker doing my research.  I figure it will take me over a month to get a good list.

I've always believed that you need to be able to work well with an agent. And you want one who loves your work.

So those of you who have agents, what do you love best about your agent? Did you do your homework to get that agent? Those of you who don't have agents, what are your plans to get an agent. And those of you published without an agent, how do you feel about that? Is there more freedom?

I'd love your opinions. ;)

Okay, I have to throw some dishes in the dishwasher and do some more hair pulling.  Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Thank you! =D

First I want to thank everyone for their comments last week. And I'm glad to see that most of us agree on the subject. Thanks everyone!

Second. I'm almost done with my revisions/edits/hair pulling and I'm so excited! Soon I will be on the query wagon. I'll let you all know how that goes.

Third, I want your opinions about what you think about social media. What do you like best, what is the hardest, and how long do you spend on them?

Okay, I know this is short for this week, but I'm off to finish. What are you guys up to this week? Drafting/revisions/edits? How's your writing?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What do you Think?

Do people change after they get published?

This question has popped up in both my critique groups and it got me thinking. Do they?

I think published authors definitely have more demands in certain areas because of deadlines. Does that make them less likely to visit others blogs? More likely to change how they handle things?

I personally, have seen some of my friends change and others stay just as they were when I first met them. But it's an interesting topic of discussion.

So tell me, what do you think? What have you seen?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Let the Conferences Begin!

This is it....the week all conferences begin!  Yes, LTUE is this week and I will be there stalking my writer friends and their agents. I can't wait. Since I'm in a bit of a crunch on packing time (okay, and laundry time...there is so much to do before I leave), I am re-posting my annual conference post:

Yes, it's the kickoff of many fine conferences. So I'm unplugging this week (only half the week) to prepare and mingle with other writes. I'm way excited. 

Here are a few things I've packed in the past, and highly recommend to anyone attending a conference this year: 

MnMs (because I have a noisy stomach and really, no one wants to be startled by that thing!) 

Pencils (even a pen, because I have broken a pencil a time or two and writing with plain wood just doesn’t work well. I did try to chew off the wood, but I had wood shavings stuck in my teeth for a week!)

Paper (To write on… and make spit wads to launch at people who are making me jealous). (j/k I would never do that, and that incident in New York last year - Not me.)

Crackers (Please see MnM’s above).

Notebook (At the conference last year I brought home piles and piles of notes! I expect the same today). I'm actually thinking of using my Alphasmart this year...Hmmm. 

Deodorant (this one is pretty self explanatory).

Couple of chocolate bars (because chocolate is the magical food made by tiny magical creatures from a magical land *sigh * and it’s so, so good!) 

A little extra coinage (for silly things like, food, bottled water, gas for car – stuff like that).

Antacid (There is a funny story behind this, I promise, but just not enough time to disclose. So sorry, and if you’ve heard the story * head hung low * you have my deepest sympathies). Next year I'll tell you about it...next year (say really raspy with lots of air...)

So there you have it! My list of stuff that I will be dragging through the halls with other devoted writers, breathing in the fumes of excitement and hope. If you see me, feel free to ask for a handful of MnM’s, hopefully I haven’t eaten them all yet, but it is very possible that I still have a few good sheets of paper left for spit wads.

Are you planning for any conferences this year?
See you all next week! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Huh? Really? I don't Believe it.

Is your story believable? I mean really believable.

Take for instance this:

(Okay, this movie was fun to watch, but HISHE makes a good point.)

(That's so awesome) When someone reads your work and they say, "Why didn't (insert name here) just do (insert action here)?"

That's when a writer usually says, "You just don't get it," while shaking head... "I'm a writer, this story can be anyway I want." (No...*uneasy look* I don't know that from experience. *nervous laughing*)

Okay, this is a big mistake (see video above for reference). When someone says a part of your plot won't work, believe them, revise, and move on. Because you want your book to be better.

Have a great week writing everyone! I have to go change that one scene on my book...you know...the one that I thought was cool, but ...my character can't conveniently fly...but it would be cool! Have you ever had to change your plot because something just wasn't working?