Thursday, June 25, 2009

Update on Genre

Currently listening to Cat Power Jukebox

So I have said previously that my new novel Cupid's Disciple was urban fantasy. Nope, not. It's more in the magical realism genre without a doubt. It's somewhat reminiscent of The Very Old Man With Enormous Wings. Somewhat. Turned out to be something that I've personally never read, I'm just about finished with the first draft. I'm surprised that I've never read anything like what I've written, I'm wondering if there's something out there that is similar now. I'll be on the look-out.

So, I've also heard some people are sick of first-person narrative. I wonder how that's possible? If something is well written and the premise is good why would you be sick of first-person? I like hearing an MC's thoughts. I especially like alternating POV's, just my preference though.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Just an Update

Currently Listening to Ben Harper Diamonds on the Inside

So I'm on a role with my new manuscript, Cupid's Disciple. It's at 20,000 wds. after only 4 days of writing. It's very different in a lot of way from the last book I wrote. The only similarity between the two is the alternating POV's.

This book I would still consider YA urban fantasy, though it could also be considered paranormal romance. Most of the book is based in the real world, the fantasy is light. There is language, violence, and sexual content. So yes, it would be considered edgy.

Also, just a little writer humor, courtesy of my mom.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blogs are Great

Currently listening to Keith Urban Defying Gravity

You learn so much from reading agents blogs, publishing blogs, and agents twitters. There is a wealth of information on their sites. Unfortunately, it tends to make me even more paranoid about everything I've done wrong.

BTW I hate query letters. It seems so impossible to portray my novel in a way that I think does it justice. I have done more revisions on it and it seems only to be getting better, so every time I finish a new query it just lets me down. I think I've got it then it just doesn't seem to work as I had hoped that it would. Even after reading the tips I find on query letters it seems to difficult to apply to my novel. My novel has lots of subplots, is told through first person multiple points of view alternating between three characters, and I can't figure out what exactly needs to be put into the letter.

Also, I think I want to change the title to The Shifting. Just sounds better to me.

Updates on WIP:
I have some new things to add to this

The Road Home- YA urban fantasy sequel to The Shifting (?)= remains at 25,000 while I tweak areas
Where Footprints Remain- Historical Fiction= 3,000 wds. completing more research
Cupid's Disciple- YA urban fantasy =4,500 wds.

Monday, June 8, 2009


So I haven't heard word on any queries, partials, or fulls floating around out there in the publishing world yet.

I've done my best to scrape every last grammatical error from The Hallows and decided to re-write a couple sections of dialogue and back story, now there's really nothing more that I can do to the manuscript at this point.

Update on WIP: The sequel to The Hallows, entitled The Road Home is on it's way, nearing 25,000 wds.

Also, I'm completing some preliminary research on a totally unrelated project. This one is an adult historical fiction entitled Where Footprints Remain. All I'm prepared to say on this one is that it concentrates on the Cherokee people of western North Carolina and parts of Tennessee during the Indian Removal Act of the 1830's.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Keeping track

No rejections yet, and one more query sent out today. And on a totally unrelated note I have lost 6 lbs since May 27th. Hahahaha

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Still Waiting

So far this is what it looks like:

2 Partials sent out on 5/30

1 Full sent out on 6/01

1 Query sent out today

Hmm...well it actually hasn't even been long enough to start getting antsy. I guess I was hoping since the 2 partials and the full actually met me when they gave the request I thought the answer would come quicker. Oh well

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Patiently Waiting for Agent Replies

And by patiently I mean checking my email 5oo times a day.

For example: While taking a nap earlier I left my laptop open on the bed next to me so that every time I turned in it's general direction I would wake up and hit refresh on the email screen.

Hopefully someone gets back to me soon, I'm exhausted.