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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sixth Agent Contest...Whoohooo.

What better thing to do on a Sunday afternoon than catch up on all the sites I've been neglecting this week? So for everyone out there who's just completed an Urban Fantasy or Paranormal romance (Yep, that's me!) in either adult fiction or YA fiction (me again!) there is a great contest over at Guide to Literary Agents. Check it out at www.guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog As soon as I hit publish post, I'm off to put my work up.

It's a great day to be writing. Well, for me, any day is a great day to be writing! Have a great day and be sure to check out the contest.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thank you Lord for puppies

Writing for me right now is a roller coaster ride. Some days I scream with excitement over the great sentence I just wrote...and then there are the days I read it and throw up! Today was puke day. Query writing would be the death of me if not for Molly.

Molly is my eleven month old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. If you're not familiar with the bred, take a moment and google them. When I think of all the dogs I've had over the years...and I've loved them all...from the Rottweiler to the English mastiff...I know God made the SCWT and said..."It is good."

Hearing me moan and groan, she hopped in my lap, leaned into the computer screen as if to read the words that had me in such misery, and then twisted around to lick me from chin to forehead! Such unconditional acceptance filled me with new inspiration. After a much deserved treat and a quick trip through the yard I came back with renewed determination. And I'm happy to announce I have a whole paragraph I actually like!

Now on with the work and hopefully someday I will find the agent that loves my story as much as Molly. Hey agents...just so you'll know...I do treats!!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Writing is easy; sharing is the hard part.

Last October, after three months of writing, I finished the first draft of my first novel. For awhile, only my husband and children knew it was finished. It was months and revisions later before I had enough courage to let a friend read. I held the copy in my arms, telling her all I thought she would need to know...until she finally pried it away from me. Watching her walk away with my book was terrifying.
What if she hated it? Then real panic set in. What if she hated it, but wouldn't tell me. By the time she finished, I was totally convinced no matter what she said...it was a lie.
So how did I survive? She asked if she could keep it for a little longer. She wanted her daughter to read it.
My skin has grown much thicker this past year. I've lived through the "I liked the writing, but I didn't fall in love with it" let down from an agent or "it just isn't right for me". I'm not saying rejection doesn't hurt. It's personal, no matter what anyone says, but I've learned it's not a personal attack on me. And I've learned I really do want an agent that will "fall in love" with my story.
So I'm stepping up to face once again the fear of sharing. I don't have excellent computer skills. Honestly, my students know so much more, but I'm learning. I absolutely don't know all there is to this "blogging stuff", heck, I just hope this posts when I'm through, but if it doesn't...well no one will know. What I do know is that I love to write. I always have and now I'm learning to share.