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I’m Not Saying Anything. But if I Was to Say Something, This is What I Would Say.

June 30, 2014 by

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There are two parts of this chart that are the same blue. I don’t know which is which. Or… maybe they are the same? WHAT IF THEY ARE THEY SAME? Can you get hangovers from writing query letters?  

How to Write a Query Letter: Again, and Again, and Again

May 22, 2014 by

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I’m writing query letters again. Because it’s been pointed out to me that in order to sell this book I probably have to tell people about the book. Which is fair. This ought to be easy. I’ve already written a query letter template. Surely I just write a little personalisation sentence to tweak it for […]

Lying on the Floor and Bitching at the Ceiling is Part of my PROCESS

February 25, 2014 by

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This is my motivational penguin (care of Chibird) because I am writing query letters and synopses at the moment and they make me crazy. Well. Crazier. I seriously seem to spend an equal amount of time trying to convince myself that the procrastination I am involved in is a perfectly valid part of the process […]

Which I Suppose Explains Where My Time Went

August 27, 2013 by

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I’m procrastinating writing synopses right now because I’m horrible at it. Instead of fixing this by practicing and getting better my current plan is to avoid them entirely. That’ll work, right? Okay, since I cannot convince myself that’s true the only way I can justify procrastinating is by doing something useful. Something else I’ve been […]

How You Write a Synopsis

May 16, 2013 by

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First you spend an entire day writing (and rewriting) three hundred words. Then, just at the point where you’re going crazy and starting to see things in the text that aren’t there you ask someone else to read it. Hopefully they will say something nice like, I’d read that. Hopefully they won’t say things like, […]

Eat Your Vegetables. Stay Off My Lawn. Practice Your Synopses. Wear Sunscreen.

July 3, 2012 by

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So I am having a problem with my brain where people ask me about the writing and I accidentally spill spoilers all over them. I think it’s because I’m writing synopses. It’s proving quite troublesome shifting from ‘give it to us straight, spoil the ending’ in writing a synopsis to ‘tell me how it’s going […]

Submission Neurosis, Let Me Count the Ways…

April 17, 2012 by

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Actually what bothers me most about the submission process and it’s accompanying string of rejections is not the fear that my work isn’t good enough (that’s a whole other anxiety train) but that my failure might be due to presenting the novel the wrong way. What if I’m just really terrible at writing query letters? […]

Submission Requirements are to Insanity What Catnip is to Cats

March 26, 2012 by

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I spent four months last year submitting stuff to agents, so I thought I had a handle on the submission process. There’s a bit of variation in requirements, but all along the same general theme. Turns out publishers are mental. To start with they seem to be split neatly between ‘you have to submit hardcopy’ […]

Carpe Diem, Quan Minimum Credula Postero*

March 19, 2012 by

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Me: I haven’t sent anything out this year because I’m crap. Arkem: I wouldn’t have put it that way — but yes. So I am doing that today. Or at least, lying about doing that today. But I think — I hope I’m not. And if I write this here perhaps the appalling fact that […]

Different Ways of Phrasing the Word ‘No’

January 24, 2012 by

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I just wrote yet another synopsis for Path. It’s like I’m physically incapable of sending out another round of queries without rewriting the whole thing from the ground up. They’re also getting progressively darker. I feel quite strongly there should be more jokes in there. Possibly more beer. But it’s hard to sneak those things […]

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