Agent, Fiction, Opinion, Publish, Query, Rejection, Writing

Take heart queriers!

In my last post, I voiced my opinion that nowadays it’s almost impossible for a writer to obtain representation through cold-querying an agent. I also asked you to share your opinions. Some of you agreed, some of you disagreed, and some of you were discouraged. Today, I’d like to address all those reactions. If you… Continue reading Take heart queriers!

Agent, Fiction, Novel, Opinion, Publish, Query, Rejection

Is it all about the writing?

In October, I asked: Can you find an agent by cold-querying? On New Year ’s Day, agent Rachelle Gardner posted her query statistics for 2010, in which she revealed she received over 10,000 query letters, but signed none of those authors. On Monday, Jody Hedlund asked a question on her blog: Is the Query System… Continue reading Is it all about the writing?

Agent, Editing, Fiction, Goals, Novel, Query, Writing

New Year Stress

I feel like I lost my train of thought in October and still haven’t found it again. November was all cleaning, little writing. December has been all traveling and holiday preparations. Now, it’s time for a new year to begin and I’m scrambling to get my mind back on track. Nearly all of my October… Continue reading New Year Stress

Agent, Blog Stuff, Craft, Dream, Editor, Fiction, Marketing, My Books, Novel, Publish, Query, Reader, Writing

I asked a question and … POW!

Last Wednesday, I asked if you had given any thought to INDIE publishing. I expected I might get a few comments. What happened? Despite NaNoWriMo, despite Thanksgiving, we had the best discussion this blog has ever seen! Surprisingly, there were more yeas than nays. (I don't know how to count the many who read the… Continue reading I asked a question and … POW!

Agent, Critique, Fiction, Novel, Writing

Rotten Loglines

Last week, I submitted a logline for critique by strangers. First off, the stranger part is always scary to me, but I relaxed when I saw no one trashed it. The consensus was “not enough detail.” Oddly, I had the opposite problem drafting a query letter. I realized when you are too familiar with a… Continue reading Rotten Loglines