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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Twitter Tuesday~Agent Advice, Networking, & Supporting

The list of tweets for writers that I scrounged up this week is a bit thin since I've been spending most of my time writing, but I did manage to find a few really good ones. This first one is from me but it is about an excellent post that Chuck Sambuchino wrote. If you're a writer you need to read this before you do your holiday shopping:
@HeatherMcCorkle The Publishing Industry Needs Our Support: http://tinyurl.com/24spacc A great post via @ChuckSambuchino of @WritersDigest #writing

Literary agent Jennifer Laughran of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency let's us in on a little secret about when to submit:
@literaticat Do you want to know the secret, sure-fire time to submit so your query will definitely get noticed? http://tinyurl.com/32gv4s9

Are you curious about why Super agent Nathan Bransford left the publishing industry? Then you need to read this interview:
@NathanBransford In which I'm interviewed by the awesome @RachelleGardner about leaving publishing: http://bit.ly/ac8CnY

Author Myra McEntire gives us an excellent link from her literary agency on social networking for writers:
@MyraMcEntire Some genius from my lit agency, @jasonpinter at Waxman: "The 10 Commandments of Social Networking For Writers" http://ow.ly/3dHOI

Writer Julie Musil brought this link to my attention. It is an interview Chuck Sambuchino did with agent Michelle Brower on attending writer's conferences:
@juliemusil Agent Michelle Brower On: 10 Tips for Attending Writers Conferences (via @ChuckSambuchino) http://t.co/wbQ3Drh  #amwriting #writetip

Julie brings us another fantastic link from Jane Friedman on query red flags to avoid:
@juliemusil Query Red Flags (via @JaneFriedman) http://t.co/k62LjsL #amwriting

Want to be featured in Writer's Digest? Don't miss this opening sentence contest they're putting on! Better hurry, my entry is already in:
@WritersDigest Write the best opening sentence for a chance to be featured in Writer's Digest http://ow.ly/3etks

If you are a friend or family member of a writer then you really need to read this post by author Elizabeth Craig. Writers, we should read it too and pass it on:
@HeatherMcCorkle Friends with a writer? You HAVE to read this post by @elizabethscraig on Support http://tinyurl.com/25epwz3

What about you? Did you find any great tweets or blog posts last week that I missed?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday's Muse~NaNoWriMo

The picture that inspired me this week is much different from what you're used to seeing here on Heather's Odyssey. If you spend much time on the web you've probably heard the shortened version of this header, NaNoWriMo. For those who don't know what it is, NaNoWriMo is a month where writers of all kinds come together to encourage one another to pump out words. 50K in 30 days is the goal, though no one minds if you fall a bit short. The spirit of NaNoWriMo is to get words on the page by dedicating an entire month to your writing.

Though I didn't participate this year I cheered from the sidelines and did my best to keep my word count high in honor of those who were taking part. Every time I saw a tweet, Facebook, or Scribblerati update from one of my friends about their NaNoWriMo progress it encouraged me to pick up the pencil and do a bit of writing myself. You were my inspiration not only this week, but the entire month of November and I want to say thank you. Though it's nowhere near the 50k many of you pumped out I did manage close to 25k which gave my new work in progress a fabulous start.

Did you participate? If so I'd love to know what your final word count was and what you thought of the whole experience.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Writer's Thanksgiving

This year I am thankful for many things but since this is my blog about my writer's journey I thought I'd focus on that. Great links for writers will be involved so read on!

#1) I am thankful for the use of my right hand. It seems like a simple thing until you lose it. Several years ago I broke it and my right wrist. The doctor said I would be lucky to get 60% use of it back. That was unacceptable to me. I finished six months of physical therapy in two and not only got full use of my hand back, but full strength as well.

#2) I am thankful for my critique group the Scribe Sisters. A good critique group is like finding that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Such a thing is almost unobtainable it seems and yet is so worth the hunt when you do find it. If you're looking for your own you might try the wonderful writer's social network Scribblerati or Twitter.

#3) I am thankful for each and every one of my followers here on Heather's Odyssey, Twitter, Scribblerati, and Goodreads. I've made the most amazing friends in the blogging community and other writers social media sites. Before delving into them I had never imagined such a tight knit, supportive group could exist. You all give me hope!

#4) I am thankful to each and every agent and editor who has taken the time to read my query letter and submission materials. Without them searching for new talent we aspiring authors would be nowhere. If you're on the agent hunt yourself be sure to check AgentQuery. Remember to research each agent, read their blogs if they have them and check their websites.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving everyone. Tell me what you're thankful for then get back to your turkey basting, pie baking, wine tasting, or writing!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Twitter Tuesday~Query & Agent Advice, Plus A Book Royalties Calculator!

I found some gems among the publishing world tweets on Twitter for you this month. Some of these I'm sure you'll want to bookmark! This first one is fantastic. My friend Angela found a blogger, Shawntelle, who created a book royalties calculator. You definitely want to check this one out!

@AngelaAckerman Book Royalties Calculator by @shawntelle (How cool is THIS?) http://bit.ly/cKhv19  #writing #amwriting

Brian Klems of Writer's Digest answers the question, should you grant an agent an exclusive read if they ask?
@WritersDigest Should You Grant an Exclusive Read to an Agent? - Q: I recently had an agent respond to one of my queries and reques... http://ow.ly/1a05aK

You don't want to miss this interview by Chuck Sambuchino of Writer's Digest with agent Katharine Sands about agent pet peeves. Read this carefully to make sure you don't do any of these things!
@ChuckSambuchino Lit agent Katharine Sands talks "Agent Pet Peeves": http://tinyurl.com/25f4xzh

This information by Jane Friedman of Writer's Digest on what to put in the bio of your query letter is a must read for anyone who is submitting.
@JaneFriedman What to put in AND leave out of your bio in a novel query (includes examples), latest in my query series: http://bit.ly/b9BD4Z

Editor Irish Blasi introduces us to a new agent, ex-editor Brie Mulligan.
@IrisBlasi There’s a new agent on the block: @BrieMulligan joins Moveable Type, repping YA/MG & adult fict&nonfic: http://bit.ly/deIqmq

For those of you who were wondering if you should get those author business cards made, check out what agent Natalie Fischer says about them:
@Natalie_Fischer One of my biggest pet peeves: author business cards. Unless I represent you, I do. not. want. them.

This is stellar advice on being a professional writer. It was tweeted by my writer friend Elizabeth first, then retweeted by my other writer friend Jolina. That's what happens on Twitter when the advice is that good!
@Jolina_Joy Want to Be a Professional Writer? Act Like One. http://dld.bz/6z8C  (via @elizabethscraig) #writetip #amwriting #writing

Okay, maybe this isn't one of the best tweets of the week, but I'm looking for feedback! If you want to learn a bit about my novel The Secret Of Spruce Knoll or just want to pay it forward with a comment on it, check out this exerpt from my query letter:
@HeatherMcCorkle The Secret Of Spruce Knoll: http://tinyurl.com/24rd3ky Taken from my query letter. Drop by & let me know what you think!

See, I told you they were gems! You're going to need to get yourself a file for all those links and name it treasure chest! Okay, maybe not that great. And maybe I should push the coffee away.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday's Muse~Main Character Inspiration

Finally I found a picture that makes me think of my main character! Since much of this novel takes place in a forest this picture couldn't be more perfect. Sure you only get to see her from behind but the subject of this picture has the same long, brown hair as my main character and about the same build. The picture has an air of magic and mystery to it that I thought was perfect. I have a feeling this will be my main picture muse for this novel!

I finished reading Blood Promise by Rachelle Mead and wow did it wrap up good! The second half of the book more than made up for the slow first half. I loved it and am definitely getting the next one. In the mean time I'm taking a break from reading the young adult genre and have picked up Grave Witch by Kalayna Price, an adult urban fantasy. After a great chat with the author over on The Knight Agency's blog I had to pick up one of her books. She is a fantastic, fun lady and I'm glad I did because this book has sucked me in from the first page!

As for the music that has been feeding my muse, this week it is Mairead Nesbitt's 3rd Movement. Don't make that face at me, click on it and check it out! What inspired you this week? How are my NaNoWriMo buddies doing on your word counts?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

In My Mailbox This November


Luck was with me in the book winning department this November which has made my mailbox a very happy place. Unfortunately I fear it makes the UPS person a bit nervous as I appear to be stalking them. ;) But with good reason, just check out these fabulous books that I won!

I won Torment, the sequel to Fallen, by Lauren Kate from the wonderful Mundie Moms book bloggers. These ladies are always doing giveaways and their reviews keep my To Be Read list very long. The best part? They never disappoint. Every book they've recommended I love! Follow these gals!

I won Unconventional by J.J. Hebert from the fabulous and ever supportive writer of middle grade novels Eisley Jacobs. It looks like it is going to be a very inspirational novel which will make it an excellent read for December! If you aren't following Eisley you're missing out on knowing a truly special lady so click on her name and check her out. Now to get some reading done! What was in your mailbox this month?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Being Prepared For The Call

Now that I have a few fulls of my manuscript out to agents and editors I've started to seriously think about The Call. You know the one, the call every aspiring author dreams about. The call from an agent offering representation. I'm not so arrogant to think I have it in the bag, especially in today's economy. But, I know it's best to be prepared. Having gone through this before I know the excitement of that call can cause you to forget everything you were going to ask. And let's face it, this is a big decision. You don't want to forget your questions!

I've scoured the internet and have put together a list of questions that you should ask an agent when they call with an offer of representation. Some of these are questions I've come up with and some are from other sources. Some sources said to ask questions such as, is this agent a member of the AAR, who are their clients, what have they sold recently. All these things can be found on the internet so you don't need to waste your call on asking them. If you haven't done your research to discover these things before submitting to the agent who has your full or partial, DO IT NOW. Without further ado, here is my list:

Do you feel my manuscript needs editing, if so what do you have in mind?
What is your approach to providing editorial input and career guidance?
How fast do you like your clients to complete edits?
Who do you plant to submit to and when?
What is your preferred method of communication?
Will you be available to answer questions and offer feedback?
Do you forward or share information about editorial responses with your clients?
Will you consult with me on any offers from editors?
Will you be open to hearing about other projects I have, or will have in the works?

This is by no means a complete list. There may be different questions you want to ask. Remember, this will be a business partnership. You want to make sure this is someone you will be able to work well with. Best of luck, I hope you all get The Call!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Twitter Tuesday~Submission Call, Conferences, Agent Advice

I spent a lot more time on Twitter last week. It helps me when I have writer's block, which I suffered from a little last week. Check out this interview with one of the authors that will be attending the Writer's Digest Winter Conference:
@alicepope SCBWI TEAM BLOG Pre-conference Interview: Patricia Lee Gauch: The latest Annual Winter Conference faculty member... http://bit.ly/d04RXF

My friend Julie shared this link of agent Joanna Volpe talking about her views on realistic teen dialogue. If you write young adult or middle grade you don't want to miss this:
@juliemusil Agent Joanna Volpe On: Why Realistic Teen Dialogue Isn't Necessarily a Good Thing http://t.co/6G1G1nL  #amwriting #YA

This is a fun one by Christi about staying organized while writing:
@ChristiWhitney How do you organize all those little details that pop up during writing. Leave me a comment! Death By Post-It Notes http://t.co/sG4wFSZ

Do you have a great Christmas story? If so check out agent Marisa Corvisiero's call for submissions:
@mcorvisiero Call for SUBMISSIONS. I would LOVE to find the next great Christmas Story. Submit w/full synopsis & first 5 pages marisa@lperkinsagency.com

Do you have a short story, essay, or article you're looking to publish? Don't miss this link from Writer's Digest:
@WritersDigest Looking for markets for short stories, essays, articles? Don't miss our Top 50 Online Lit Journals & Top 25 Online Mags http://bit.ly/cltCoQ

The wonderful Jane Friedman of Writer's Digest dishes out some great advice on queries:
@JaneFriedman I've started a series on novel queries; here's 1st part on 5 query elements + how to lead off yr query: http://bit.ly/c3zNHj

Here is an excellent interview Chuch Sambuchino did with agent Mollie Glick about queries:
@ChuckSambuchino Agent Mollie Glick On: 7 Things Agents Want to See in a Query, and 9 Things They Don't: http://bit.ly/c9pfLw

Even with all those I bet there are at least a few great tweets I missed. Feel free to leave me a comment if you know of one!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday's Muse~Main Character Interest

For every novel I write I like to find pictures of people that look similar to how I picture my main characters. I can't find anyone that resembles my main character for this novel so I found one that resembles her love interest. He's enough to make a sixteen year old sigh don't you think? Things are moving along smoothly with this novel. I'm over 14,000 words into it now so it's starting to feel like it has a bit of substance. It's not quite a NaNoWriMo worthy word count, but it is a solid beginning!

As for reading, this last week I had the chance to really dive into Blood Promise and it has started to pick up, a lot. Now that Dimitri has come back into the picture I can't stop reading! I must admit though, until then it drug a bit. But I love Richelle Mead's writing and I will definitely be buying the next book in the series.

I've fallen in love with the music of Mairead Nesbitt. This week her 3rd Movement song off her CD Raining Up was my music inspiration. It sets the perfect mood for my historical YA fantasy and wow can that lady play the fiddle! What inspired you this week? Have you discovered any new music or books?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Make Each Grain Count

When a writer is on submission, be it to agents or editors, each passing day can feel like a grain of sand that slips away. It is easy to get discouraged when days, weeks, and sometimes even months start ticking off. We understand that the grains~or moments~are precious but often we end up putting off any more writing and just waiting. All too often I hear writers say they are going to submit and see where that one goes before they move on and write anything else. If you want to make a career out of writing, that could quite possibly be the worst thing you could do.

Make every grain count. Start researching, brainstorming, and outlining for your next novel or project. Don't have any ideas? Read everything in your genre that is hot. Read some of the novels that aren't. Read outside your genre! Allow yourself to be open to inspiration of any and all kind.

Once you have your novel idea and are ready to start, set goals. Don't allow yourself to be aimless just because you're on submission. If you can get into a routine and discipline yourself to write every day then you'll be better prepared for getting an agent, a publishing contract, and making your deadlines. Besides, you'll feel better knowing you have new words almost every day. It will feel like you're moving forward, and you are. Prepare for success and you will reach it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Twitter Tuesday~WriteOnCon & Harlequin

To say I was busy last week would be a gross understatement! I hardly poked my nose in at Twitter at all. Harlequin was putting on a fantastic So You Think You Can Write week in which they gave us unprecedented access to the editors of their house. It was a great learning experience but of course I had other motives as well. Ever since finishing one of my novels I have wanted to submit it to Harlequin because I felt it would be a great fit for their Teen imprint. The problem was, Harlequin's Teen imprint doesn't accept unsolicited (unagented) submissions, so I couldn't. Until last week! At then end of the week they opened submissions. Most of Harlequin's imprint's accept unsolicited manuscripts but for their Teen imprint this was special. I couldn't miss it! So I leave you with a meager two tweets from Twitter for last week.

The fabulous WriteOnCon ladies do it again. This will be a free chat with literary agent Stephen Barbara. Check it out here:
@ElanaJ Dude! Did you guys see? @WriteOnCon's monthly event in Nov w/ lit. agent Stephen Barbara and @LeilaSalesBooks! http://www.writeoncon.com/

And for you young adult writers whose story has a vein of romance to it, you don't want to miss this rare opportunity to submit to Harlequin! Hurry, it's only open until the 15th of December!
@HeatherMcCorkle The final challenge of the week, submit your novel! http://tinyurl.com/26cvcou YA writers you don't want to miss this rare opportunity!

Good luck to everyone who submits to Harlequin!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday's Muse~Foggy Forest

This foggy forest inspired me last week because my main character takes a wild ride through a forest that looks very much like this one. She ends up somewhere completely unexpected that changes the course of her life. I'm really enjoying mixing historical with fantasy. It is both fun and challenging! I love it so much that I now have plans for at least two more historical young adult fantasy novels.

If you peeked over to the right you'll see I'm still reading Blood Promise. But, this last weekend I did make a huge dent in it. Though this novel in the series is a bit slower it's still very good and I'm really enjoying it when I get the chance to read it. I stopped at the bookstore and picked up Grave Witch by Kalayna Price. I looked at the first page and wow, I can hardly wait to read this!

The song that inspired me this week was Finan's Isle by Mairead Nesbitt. What inspired you this week? How are those of you participating in NaNoWriMo doing?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November's Debut Author~Kitty Keswick

This month Kitty Keswick, author of the young adult novel Freaksville takes time to drop in and answer a few questions about her novel. First a bit about Freaksville.

High school is hard enough when you’re normal. There’s peer pressure, book reports, the in crowd and the enormous zit that has a life of its own. Having a family whose skeletons in the closet lean toward the paranormal is not a topper on anyone’s list. Sophomore Kasey Maxwell is busy juggling the typical teen angst. Add visions, ghosts and hairy four-legged monsters into the mix and you get FREAKSVILLE. It’s a wonder Kasey has survived.

Every woman in the Maxwell family has the gift of sight. A talent sixteen-year-old Kasey would gladly give up. All she wants is a normal life. Shopping and talking about boys with her best friend and long-time sidekick Gillie Godshall consume her days. Until Kasey has a vision about Josh Johnstone, the foreign exchange student from England. The vision leads her into new waters, a lead in a play, a haunted theater…and into the arms of the Josh. Yet, both Kasey and Josh have secrets lurking in dark corners. Can Kasey’s new romance survive FREAKSVILLE?

Please welcome Kitty! Thanks for dropping by to visit us! I won't ask about the first story you published at the tender age of eight about a frog, or about how you're breeding paperbacks~you peeps will have to check out her website to read about that! But I will say I love that you believe one must read to write. I see you've been inspired by some of John Hughes’ great movies, but is there a particular author that has inspired you?

Every book authors read, they take something with them. Now, I’m not talking about plagiarism; it’s not cool lifting another’s work as your own. What I’m talking about is learning about story structure, pace, voice, even characterization. I learned how to sprinkle historical information into a story without it being info dump by reading Diana Gabaldon. I’ve learned what makes a great alpha hero by reading JR Ward. I learned about pacing by reading Kelley Armstrong, and how to write snarky by reading Katie Macalister. I’ve even learned how to be a better writer by reading my own work. Being able to detach oneself from the work is the hardest. Books take time to write, sometimes years and it’s hard to cut things or change things. But what I’ve learned most of all is that, in order to be a better writer, one must push to change and, if something isn’t working, have the courage to delete it. Readers will notice lazy writing. I’m challenging myself to be better with each project I do.

That's so true! We're all influenced by what we read. What was your favorite part of the writing process?

I love building worlds. I also love characters—getting to know them, spending time in their worlds, seeing things through their eyes, learning something new in order to write about them. I have a series I’m working on with Judith Graves, and my hero is a drummer, so I’ve started taking lessons. I’m also a fan of research, but the trick is to make the research work for the story to move it forward without slowing it down. Having each tidbit add a layer to the character or the world rather than turning it into an info dump that says, “Look at me. I studied this, and now so should you.” The research shouldn’t slap a reader in the face; it should caress them. In Freaksville I did a lot of research—1940’s fashion, how fire spreads, British slang… It was fun, and I think it adds layers to Freaksville.

Building worlds is one of my favorite things to do too! I love that Freaksville is told through the main character's blog. Can you tell us a bit about it that we may not know from the synopsis?

Blogging is a strange beast. People share more online than they would in person. Online nobody really knows you, so you can play whatever part you want. People feel safe. My heroine, Kasey, is a lot deeper than she appears on the surface. She hides behind humor. She’s struggling with her gift of sight, a gift that makes contact with people hard. If she touches objects, she’ll get a vision. In order to stop the visions, she wears gloves. This sets her apart, and she’s not able to touch the world around her, to experience it as a normal girl would. So in turn she reaches out in her blog. She’s really trying to convince herself that she’s not a freak. That’s why she shares her story. I don’t really think Kasey ever intended for people to read her blog. She’s always lived outside the world, so she thought cyber space would be no different. When Kasey’s voice became clear to me, it was very much like reading her diary—young, naïve in ways, and full of spunk, so I felt that blogging would be a good fit for FREAKSVILLE. In book two, FURRY AND FREAKED, blogging doesn’t have as large of role, just because Kasey has confronted her inner Freak. In book two she’s battling inner and outer demons. She had to grow up really fast, and in FURRY she’s forced to be more of a leader.

Blogging is a strange beast indeed! There will be more books, yay! That leads me right into my next question. What can you tell us about the series?

I have two more books in the FREAKVILLE series. I’m in edits for book two FURRY AND FREAKED. I’m also working on a series with Judith Graves, based on a pseudo-Salem world. And my muse has been screaming at me to write another YA, I started it about two weeks ago. This one I don’t have a contract for, but the voice is so loud and so different from my normal style that I’m very intrigued with the world. All I can say at the moment, is it’s a paranormal, but doesn’t have an ounce of vampires, werewolves or ghosts in it.

Awesome, I can hardly wait. Is there anything in the publishing process that surprised you?

Every day. First off, I originally sold my book in 2007. Yes, three years later it finally came out. My original publisher closed their YA line, and my rights were given back to me. I had been promoting the book already for one year. What was I going to do? I was FREAKED! The senior editor of the young adult line was offered a position at a new publisher. She offered me a contract for FREAKVILLE. I had already edited the book to the other publisher’s more gentle and tame guidelines and, because I was one of the debut authors, we had to run with FREAKVILLE as it was. I had wanted a slightly darker read, and I’ll have it more with book two and three. I guess what I’m saying is, even after you’ve finally sold, nothing is for sure. I’m glad I’m with Leap Books. They are small, but really respected. They’re part of the Children’s Book Council, and the staff is very interested in developing the best books they can, not just cranking out titles.

Any closing thoughts you'd like to leave us with?

Thanks, Heather, for having me. I understand you’re a writer, too. The best advice I can give is to keep trying, keep writing, keep reading. You have to develop thick skin, and even then the arrows do pierce. Push yourself to be a better writer with each chapter, each verse, each word you place on the paper. Like Corey Hart, sang, “Never Surrender.” I’m learning; I’ll be learning until my last breath.

To get a copy of Freaksville click on the title and to learn more about Kitty Keswick click on her name. Be sure to check out Kitty's site for a free short story that has a bit of bite to it, pun intended! You'll love it!

You can also find Kitty on the Wolfy Chicks blog where she blogs along with author Judith Graves. And don't forget to look for her on Twitter here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Twitter Tuesday~Conferences, New Agents, & More

Though Halloween is over I have a bag of treats for you! Last week was an excellent week for writers on Twitter. Registration for the Writer's Digest conference has opened! You can check it out here:
@WritersDigest Registration is open for the WD Writer's Conference: http://ow.ly/2YPmX

Chuck Sambuchino of Writer's Digest introduces us to another new agent. Like he says, new agents are a golden opportunity for writers seeking representation.
@ChuckSambuchino New agent seeking writers! Denise Little of The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency http://tinyurl.com/2cdqcqu

If you live in the New York area and are seeking a job in publishing be sure to check out this excellent link from ex-agent turned editor Colleen Lindsay:
@ColleenLindsay taking resumes for awesome entry-level pub job. Love romance? Good writer? Online savvy? Read on: http://bit.ly/bAmYGD

I always thought I was kind of strange because my characters talk to me. Now, agent Weronika Janczuk tells me I'm not alone!
@WeronikaJanczuk New blog post! Swati Avasthi: You're Not Crazy; Your Characters Are Talking to You: I'd like to reintroduce everyo... http://bit.ly/cIZuGO

Chuck gives us another interview with a fabulous new agent. You want to check this lady out peeps. I follow her on Twitter and she is awesome:
@ChuckSambuchino Interview with lit agent @Natalie_Fischer, who is seeking kids books, romance, and adult fiction http://tinyurl.com/2bb7bo3

Jane Friedman clears up some of the confusion about the information we receive about writing and publishing:
@JaneFriedman Do you feel like you receive lots of mixed messages about writing/publishing? The antidote: http://bit.ly/aNJbu9

This is excellent advice on why agents reject your work:
@ChuckSambuchino My Guest Blog today for @Kid_Lit: Three Reasons an Agent Rejects Your Pages: http://bit.ly/a3vXWo via

Just like the title, this really is some of the best query writing advice I've heard:
@JaneFriedman The Best Query Writing Advice: http://t.co/mGyC6Ym  + get your query critiqued by me on 11/4: http://bit.ly/aVUl8K

Remember how I said Natalie was awesome? Here's proof of why. She let's us in on a fabulous week of writing, editing, and publishing advice from Harlequin. Complete with contests!
@Natalie_Fischer Romance authors, heads-up: http://bit.ly/cvoLxn  :)

Have a great link or news you want to share? Leave me a comment!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday's Muse~Black Horse

Okay so this is a friesian and the horse in my novel is an Irish cob. But I couldn't find a picture of an all black Irish cob so a Friesian it is. Of course the horse in my story may or may not be a púca, a type of shapeshifter, so close is good. I just passed 4,000 words on this freshly minted baby and I feel like the character in Stephen King's Tommyknockers. For those who haven't read it, she was a writer who had a 'special' connection with her typewriter. It wrote what she thought. Now wouldn't that be an awesome ability! The story is flowing so well that it feels like that.

As you probably noticed from the link on my right sidebar, I'm still reading Blood Promise. It's really good, I just don't have much time to get to it. I need to because I have The Hunger Games lined up to read next and I'm really looking forward to it! The book that will soon be feeding my muse after that is Torment thanks the wonderful Mundie Moms who I won it from! If you don't follow those fabulous book blogging ladies quick, click over and check them out!

The music that has been feeding my muse this last week is The Battle of Stirling off the Braveheart soundtrack.

What was your word count for the week? Or did you meet your editing goal? Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo? Let me know and I'll cheer you along!