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A Pointless Fear

I started writing the first draft* of a fantasy standalone novel called BLOOD PRICE last week. I'm pretty excited about it's progress, considering I have 20,000 solid words down that, once upon a time, I thought were complete rubbish, and still over two months to get the rest of the words written, so I'm pretty… Continue reading A Pointless Fear

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Originality

I struggle with this concept so much, but never more than when I'm prepping to query. Whether I'm stalking agents on Twitter, perusing agency websites, utilizing the fantastic and wonderful Manuscript Wish List or just trying to craft my query in general, it never fails that this topic is brought up and I'm stuck with these… Continue reading Originality

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Querying Versus Job Hunting

You know, these things are actually quite similar. I'd never realized it until after talking with one of my coworkers, but the similarities are pretty obvious. He's a college student preparing for a career fair next week. Of course, that means amping up a resume and preparing his pitch. I was a liberal arts major… Continue reading Querying Versus Job Hunting

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Tropes and Clichés

I've been thinking a lot about tropes and clichés lately. Between editing a previous trilogy with a  foundation built on tropes--including everything from the Chosen One to vampires and werewolves to old men who know all yet tell nothing--and planning a new series that uses even more--and this time, purposefully--plus simply observing the dialogue surrounding the… Continue reading Tropes and Clichés

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GUYS, I’VE WRITTEN FOUR BOOKS

Whoa, I think that's the first all-caps title I've ever had. It's a bit overwhelming, but it captures my emotions pretty well, so I'm keeping it. A few minutes ago, I finally finished a full rough draft of my current work-in-progress, which as been tentatively titled THE RESISTANCE. It's the work-in-progress I've been referring throughout the past few… Continue reading GUYS, I’VE WRITTEN FOUR BOOKS

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Second Chances: Querying Edition

So I'm nearing the end of the current book I'm working on. I have two major scenes left to write, plus three new chapters I want to go back and incorporate before I let the novel breathe, hopefully returning to edit it around August/September. I went on a writing binge today and was super excited… Continue reading Second Chances: Querying Edition

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Invigoration of a Writer’s Soul

I started pursuing the updated website, manuscriptwishlist.com, last evening, because I'm cruel to my own mental health and like to look up potential agents and tease myself with dreaming they could possible represent me one day, even though my manuscripts aren't ready for representation yet. Okay, that's only the sadistic half as to why I… Continue reading Invigoration of a Writer’s Soul

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Patience is a…Reward?

Out of all the famous and clichéd phrases, one that I live the most by (or the one I think about most often) is "Patience is a Virtue." My Aunt taught it to me when I was a young, impatient thing while we were at the bookstore and I just wanted the next book in… Continue reading Patience is a…Reward?

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Swapping Perspectives

If you think getting rejected is hard, how hard must it be to be in a profession where you reject people constantly? I mean, honestly, when phrasing it like that so bluntly, it is hard to not recognize how difficult lives of agents and editors and publishers and publishing houses must be. Of course, I'd… Continue reading Swapping Perspectives

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Luck and Research

After my experience with the #PitchtoPublication contest, I firmly believe that breaking into the writing industry takes a perfect mixture of hard work, ruthless editing and a bit of talent. But not only that, but you need a damn good amount of luck, because the industry's foundation is built upon perception and/or interpretation. In the… Continue reading Luck and Research