Leaping into Query Land

I have been toiling away for the past few weeks here at HQ getting my ms all shined up.  It has been the most amazing process. My newly (re)-finished YA Fantasy Adventure manuscript, THE EXPATRIATES, is about to head to query land and I am starting to feel like I am sending my kid off for their first day of school.  Will she make friends?  Will people like her?  What if she doesn’t fit in?

Soon I will be celebrating a year since I started this project, and it has been an adventure on its own.  I have learned a few things along the way:

  • Making the decision to quit my day job and pursue writing full time was the easy part.
  • Actually writing full time?  Not for lack of trying.
  • Procrastination is the enemy. 
  • It is possible to type while getting a pedicure.
  • The blog world is full distractions for YA writers.
  • Twitter finally made practical sense to me when I took part in a hashtag event. (#askagent) *lightbulb*
  • Reading the blogs of agents and published authors causes acute anxiety coupled with a secondary case of inferiority that is best handled by drinking vitamin water (xxx) and eating chocolate raisins.  
  • Not to mention the toll all the advice takes on a poor shredded ms when in edit mode.  Can you say Negative Word Count?
  • Blog contests rock!
  • I am not the only one who swoons over awesome book covers.
  • It is hard to find critique partners and beta readers.
  • It is really important to find critique partners and beta readers.
  • I am not alone on this ride, trying to break into print.

I am sure I’ll be able to add to this list forever, but in the meantime I #amwriting.

WriteOnCon – Day 1

Have you dipped your toe in the cool sparkling water that is WriteOnCon today?  If you have not yet, then get yourself checked in and start absorbing.   My brain!  Overload!  What started out as a tentative approach to reading posts and giving my own feedback quickly morphed into a tidal wave of enthusiasm that culminated with me (yes, me) actually posting some of my ms and my query. In public. For feedback.  From strangers.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, to be honest – I mean, an online writer’s conference?  How can this be?  But let me tell you, I sat in on a video workshop with agent Mark McVeigh this evening that was totally *awesome*.  I hear the entire day will be available online, transcripts and videos… you must check it out.

The fabulous founders of this EPIC event had me at *free*, and have hooked me with the incredible quality of this event.  AND IT IS ONLY DAY ONE!!!

Get over there.  Stat.  You can thank me later.