Sending out a Query Letter

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So what’s a query letter, you ask?

The short answer:  It’s a sales pitch an aspiring writer makes when they are seeking representation with a literary agent.

The long answer:  It’s the dreaded “one-pager” that each writer must write if they want to see their book on the shelves of Barnes and Noble or any other book store for that matter.  The writer must squeeze a 400+ page manuscript into roughly 500 words, throw-in some “catchy” lines to grab the literary agent’s attention, and finish it off with a short bio.  This one-pager is all a writer has to impress a literary agent,  and without it, the writer has a snowball’s chance in hell of getting their manuscript looked at by one of the Big-5 publishing companies. Continue reading “Sending out a Query Letter”

How many drafts did you write?

83002265-29BD-497A-B510-9362415978B3In his book, “On Writing,” Stephen King said when he finished writing a story, he would put a physical copy of it in a drawer and forget about it for at least six weeks.  This was so that he would have “fresh eyes,” when editing.

My story, sat on top of my desk for “only” three weeks, her siren call to powerful to resist. So I grabbed my red pen and started re-reading it.  My brother’s assistance was instrumental during the first edit.  Hell, after me, he knew the story better than anyone else.  In fact, he helped out a lot while I was writing, giving me numerous style and plot ideas  (I tell him every day he missed his calling in life —which he promptly reminds me that he’s still young). Continue reading “How many drafts did you write?”

“I want to write a book.”

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I wonder how many people have said that?  Probably a lot.  But, I wonder how many have actually followed through and did it?

I can remember as a kid wanting to see my name on the front cover of a book and a picture of my ugly mug on the back.

When I was eleven, I sat down at the kitchen table and tried writing my own story, one involving a knight that hunts down and kills dragon (At this age I was heavily influenced by fantasy novels—mostly Dragonlance and Ravenloft). I think I wrote two lines before giving up.  Back then reading the stories was a much more rewarding and satisfying way to spend my time (especially those crafted by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman or Dan Parkinson) . Continue reading ““I want to write a book.””