Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's begun!

They say you won’t get anywhere if you don’t try (well, I think someone must have said that) and so I have begun querying my newest story out to agents. I’m very excited about ROMANOV and hope someone out there will like it. So far everyone who beta reads it has really liked it, and I love it lol.
It’s the story of a vampire family living in modern day Seattle and coping with some incredible things that come their way. some really incredible things.
I know, I know, you’re thinking, “what could be more incredible than modern-day vampires?” Well, these vampires just happen to be Anastasia Romanov and what’s left of her family. And then there’s the evil Rasputin, still hunting them, like a hound of hell. Oh, then there’s the strange creepy creature that’s also hunting them. Last but not least, there’s this dragon. He’s huge, powerful, and extremely polite, that is, if you are polite to him. If not, then bad things might happen...
In the middle of all this there’s a budding romance of two young lovers, it’s so sweet you could almost wish you were there...
Paranormal creatures galore, frightening battles, a land lost in the mists of time, a medieval knight’s tomb, all of these things, and more, is in my new story ROMANOV.
You will never forget these characters ❤

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So today I realized I'd invented yet a new way to torture myself...

Yeah. So, you may or may not know that I've been running a writing group on Facebook for a few years. I post inspirational "You can do it!" -type quotes, and other things that can help a beginner writer.  Tonight I posted this quote.

"The only thing more tormenting than writing is not writing."
- CYNTHIA OZICK


I've also been writing the synopsis of my new novel, in preparation for querying agents.  I've been going over what I have, rewriting, sending small bits to my editor, rewriting some more, reworking, and generally trying not to kill my novel's chances, before, well, before it's even got a chance.
This has been going on for weeks now.
I haven't been writing my newest story, I've been doing this. Torturing myself.
This is my first time attempting to publish a book this way. Traditional publishing. This is the thing to do if you're in it for the long haul, if you want to be an author as a career, if you want to keep publishing, and be successful and maybe pay the rent and and utility or two.
I think I've let my fear of failure stop me from sending out query letters.
I keep polishing. I think the damn thing's near ready.
Okay. I am going to do this.
No more procrastinating.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I've been working on writing The Query Letter, and yes, I've probably been fretting over it more than usual. I've read up on them, what's good, what's not so good, and also been learning ALL THE THINGS about publishing. I guess what I'm working on most heavily is the summary of my story. It's hard to get it shorter than nearly a page long. So many thing happen! But when I try to write a back-of-the-book blurb, words flow more readily.
My husband Steve is going to give me his feedback. He's published non-fiction books and has read my manuscript and given me ideas, and he's got a good head on his shoulders, so I have high hopes. Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

My imagination has always been wild. When I was in the 2nd grade my teachers would send notes home with my report card, with comments like, "A great imagination" or "Very creative, but not working to potential" which would mean that I had a tendency to stare out the window and draw when I should really have been working at an assignment.
Wild hearts cannot be tamed. Or rather, daydreaming seven year olds cannot be tamed.  Whichever way, I've reached adulthood with my imagination intact and active as ever.
Wandering attention also means I must work hard at getting it all down on paper, instead of daydreaming entire afternoons away.
So, I've written a book and I am going to send queries to agents. I am trying to find an agent to represent my book to a publisher. Wish me luck!
I've read up on publishing and agents and the wonderful business of getting a book from fingertips to bookshelf. I've polished my manuscript, had a professional editor edit it, and it is as good as I can make it. Now's the time to write the query letter. 
*deep breath*