Oh yes, she’s back! My (becoming a regular) guest poster Cass Alexander, author of the Persimmon Series is back to show us just how she did her last query letter. 😀
I Wanna Give Good Query
by Cass Alexander
I hesitate to write this post as it will truly demonstrate to readers that I do things I probably shouldn’t. My mouth runs faster than my brain. It always has. Now, my fingers type and click Send on emails faster than my brain can process the whole of what I’ve sent.
I recently wrote a query letter and I’d like to share my experience with the Universe.
My brother and I are currently writing a non-fiction humor book. We had always planned to self-publish. However, after zero research and one or two impulsive texts, we thought it would be a great idea to query a publisher. Bro is super busy, so he gave me the go ahead to do it myself. He really shouldn’t have. Wanna see it? Below is the first half. Try not to cringe as you read.
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Do you know who your audience is?
If I asked you who your book was aimed at, could you tell me?
These may not seem important to some writers, but I can tell you knowing your audience is extremely important.
Knowing who is your audience is needed for things like choosing a Beta Reader or asking for ARC (Advance Reader Copy) reviews.
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Do you embrace your mistakes?
I think there is a part in all of us that loves the idea of holding ourselves accountable to mistakes me make. But that’s not always the case, is it?
So why don’t we embrace our mistakes?
Maybe you blame schools… or parents… or bosses! Because they are easy to blame. Though maybe the real culprit is society.
Once again I have been harassing other writers to guest post on this blog. This week’s guester is the lovely Cass Alexander, who talks about whether to use a Pen Name. Enjoy!
My Name’s Not Cass, But You Can Call Me Cass
by Cass Alexander
Prior to publishing my first romance novel, my husband and I debated whether I should publish under my real name or use a pen name. Marketing, in the short term, would be easier if I used my legit name, because I know lots of people. And, let’s face it, it’s pretty damn cool to see your name slapped on the cover of a book.
But, in the end, I didn’t have the balls to use my real name. Like all healthy, well-adjusted citizens of the world, I blame societal pressures.
This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Khaled Talib, author of Incognito. Enjoy!
Interview with Khaled Talib
Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I was fourteen when I tried to write a detective story. I wrote it on a school notebook. Halfway into the story I gave up when the person sitting next to me pried into the content when I was not in class. He laughed at me, but he didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to do.
I’ve been reading detective books, which inspired me to write my own story. From that day, I stopped writing, but there was a yearning to tell stories. It took a long time before I listened to the little voice again.
Q02 – Did you find people supportive when they learned you were a writer?
Not at all. I once told a distant relative who lives overseas that I wanted to write. He told not to waste my time. He said a few more things that was disheartening. There are other stories, of course, but you get the drift. From that day I kept my dreams to myself.
Are you writing a novel?
Chances are then you will constantly be generating questions for yourself.
Well you should!
Now I’ve talked about The Power of Questions before but I feel I need to talk about it again!
We all know writing a novel is hard.
You have to build a landscape, create characters, give voices, design conflict, structure a plot… there’s a lot to think about.
As well as all that, you have to be consistent, you have to remember subplots, tie up loose ends, keep characters on track.
This week’s guest post is the lovely Annette Rochelle Aben who has written a short story. Enjoy!
But For The Grace
by Annette Rochelle Aben
Being swallowed by the dark, Caryn felt she’d never live to see the dawn…
Everything was in place. It was only a matter of time. Caryn knew she had made the right decision and there was no turning back.
She settled on the loveseat, glanced at the clock and noted that the hour was fast approaching. Calling to her two companions was unnecessary, her babies hopped up into her lap within moments of her sitting. How funny her male cats were in comparison to the females she had in the past. Her male cats were the most affectionate, always wanting to be on her lap, sleeping next to her in bed and enjoyed being petted. Caryn gently stroked each of the cats pouring as much love as she had into each caress.
Yes… I am back to writing tutorials and actually getting them out on the right day! Huzzah!
So today I want to talk about large casts! By large casts I am talking about main and secondary characters (not the odd village baker passing through a random scene, never to be heard from again.)
The fantasy novel I have left floundering in a drawer (at 220,000 words… I really should get back to that) had a large cast. It followed several groups of people through numerous subplots (I promise to get to a subplot tutorial soon!) and when I eventually return to it, will have more coming in by the second book.
Writers often get asked questions when people find out we write. Some questions are okay, some are understandable and some are down right annoying. These are all questions I’ve been asked at one time or another. o.O
You’re a writer? (usually with surprise) What have you written?
It’s an honest question but for many writers there is not an easy answer. If you’re published you can mention your book. If you aren’t then things get more complicated. You can mentioned the genres or state that you’ve written a manuscript or two. Or that you are working on a manuscript.
It’s Tuesday so you know that means we are joined by a guest poster and this week’s poster is the wonderful Jaye Marie who discusses being overwhelmed – a topic I can completely understand right now. Enjoy 🙂
Really Easy to be Overwhelmed
by Jaye Marie
I had made the decision to take a break from fiction this year, and already I know I will miss it.
The last few years have been pretty manic, almost destroying my passion for writing. I am 73 years old and half of a writing partnership, which means I am also an editor, proof-reader, promoter, publisher and marketer of our nine books.