August 17th, 2011

As you may recall, last year I participated in the debut of WriteOnCon, a completely free online writers conference. Well, I’m thrilled to do it again this year! At 12 noon today (Wednesday), you can watch my vlog “Are You Ready to Query?”. Though, if you miss it then, don’t worry! Once it’s posted live, […]

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Let’s Talk About Pitches

August 15th, 2011

Not like that. I’m talking about writers pitching their manuscript to agents and editors at conferences. Can I be frank? I hate these. HATE ‘EM. For me, the ability of an author to tell the story of their book is a wholly different animal than being able to actually write it. But Daphne, you ask, […]

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This sounds familiar…

August 12th, 2011

I’ve been working on getting caught up on my queries lately, and last night, came across several queries that read, to me, almost exactly like the plot of other books I’d read. Now, sure, that can happen naturally, as authors tune into a zeitgeist, just as Hollywood may prep two Snow White movies at the […]

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Planning for 2012

August 11th, 2011
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So I’m looking ahead to my calendar for 2012, planning out trips, and I think I’ve got some open spaces for conferences! I’ll be going to Florida in late January for the Space Coast Writers Conference, then Bologna is in mid-March. BEA is in New York in early June, and ALA is in Anaheim in […]

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Wait, Don’t Tell Me

August 9th, 2011

Seriously, don’t. Don’t use your query letter to tell me that your novel came to you in a dream; that you’re happily married with three kids, a dog, cat, and parakeet; that you hope to move to New York to pursue your dream of being a writer. Don’t tell me that another agent is considering […]

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