Reasons I love fall: apple cider, Thanksgiving, pretty trees AND NaNoWriMo!
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo as the cool kids say, is a challenge to write 50,000 words in the month of November.
(If you want to find out more, go HERE for a quick guide on how to NaNo and what the site provides you for FREE)
NaNo starts NEXT WEEK!
Hey guys, I know I haven’t written in a bit, and that’s partly because I didn’t have too much to write about. My day job has been really busy and I am finished with my bigger round of revisions (finally!). However, I came back to talk about something that has been a theme of many conversations I have lately:
Here’s the thing.
I’m not an expert on pitching, but I am one of the few people who kind of loves it.
So, I was hoping this post could be informational but also share my love of pitching.
First, the reasons I love pitching (in conferences):
– It’s face-to-face, so you can get a feel of the agent/editor and their reaction to your story.
As many of you know, I’m revising. I will start this by saying I normally love revisions. But I also think I love revisions after I’m all done with them and I can look at my MS and say, “Yes, this is definitely better than it was before.”
When I am in the MIDDLE of revisions my feelings about them are much much different.
Here is my revision process in GIF form (because that’s really my best mode of communication):
Step 1: Preparation and Determination
Receive notes from CP/Agent.
I already wrote a step-by-step querying guide HERE. But I left out the biggest piece of the puzzle: Writing the query letter.
So here you go, my attempt at a query letter guide.
First and most important piece of advice I can give is to read successful queries!
So, I just went through the journey we call querying and I thought I’d write about it since I love step-by-step guides.
This post probably won’t be completely comprehensive, but I did try to include everything I personally had questions about. And if you have any additional questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I’ll try to use my resources, friends, CPs, etc. to answer them.
YA Interrobang wrote a wonderful intro article about it HERE. I’ll just blurb part of it to explain the gist of it:
We are going to #OwnYourOwn, with advice, with encouragement, with anecdotes so that you can know just how long we’ve been where you are, and how eagerly we’re waiting for you to take our hands and step forward to where we are.
When I wrote about getting my agent and writing my current MS, I spoke a lot about hope.
Almost immediately after, I came across a wonderful post by Kristin Nelson, “What’s Your Magic Number,” about how many books most published authors write before they’re agented or published.
The reason these two things synced up in my mind was because they’re both about hope. But what I’m going to call “The ‘Right’ Read more »
(NOTE: These posts are meant as friendly advice from my *personal*
experience but might not always be applicable to your work.
If you have any fun advice to give, please add it in the comments!
I’m always excited to learn new tricks of the trade from my fellow writers!)
Dialogue is a funny thing. It is the voice of your characters,
I present to you my story of how I got my agent
(Warning: This post is LONG and full of GIFs):
I started my professional writing journey when I had a weird dream (yea, I know, one of those people). I told my cousin about it because she’s a writer and I said, “Do you think that could be a book you would write?”