Turning Things Around

I’ve hesitated making this post for a while. I received some good news today that changed my mind about posting this, so here it is…. I’ve been down on myself for a good number of months now as far as my writing goes. I’ve faced some emotional challenges. I’ve battled doubts. I’ve run against my ...

Obligatory 2014 Recap

Obligatory 2014 Recap
Wow. What a year. Ups. Downs. Even some sideways curves thrown in. I’m not going to go through every, gritty little detail and bore you to death. Here are some highlights of the year for me! The year started out with a bang as the government decided it wanted back taxes on my grandfather’s estate. I ...

I’m Batting .000

If you recall from my PPWC recap, I pitched Warmaiden twice. Through some miracle I managed to land four requests for the full manuscript from those two pitches. How? Well, check that post for the details. That was April. Now to fast forward to today. The final rejection from those four requests rolled into my ...

Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2013 Recap

This past week and weekend saw the 21st Pikes Peak Writers Conference come and go. Since I’m on the steering committee for next year’s PPWC, I asked tons of people how things were going to look for ways to improve, maintain, or fix the conference. The responses I received were overwhelmingly positive. Long-time attendees said ...

NaNoSubMo

I’m not participating in NaNoWriMo this year. It’s not because I don’t believe in the process of encouraging writers. It’s because I have different plans this year! I’ve decided to submit Warmaiden to one agent or editor each day in the month of November. I’m calling this National Novel Submission Month. Or… wait for it… ...

Who’s That Handsome Fella?

Who's That Handsome Fella?
Who’s the handsome fella? No. Not the one on the left. That’s me. I’m far from handsome. I’m talking about the guy on the right. Well, it’s Donald Maass. If you’re not sure who he is, then do some Googling. You’ll probably find out that he’s one of the premier literary agents in New York ...

Sitting with Donald Maass

I held the second highest bid for a seat with Donald Maass at the Thursday night dinner at the 2012 Pikes Peak Writers Conference! This means I’ll be sitting on the right-hand side of one of the greatest agents in the game today. I can’t wait to meet the man during dinner. I’ll also be ...

First Rejection of 2011

It only took a week from the moment of query to the moment of rejection. *sigh* While I’m bummed out as I really would love to work with this agent, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on and see what happens next. I think my next stop will be Barnes and Noble where I’ll pick ...

First Query of 2011

I just sent out my first query of 2011. The agent’s web site states that there is about a four week delay in hearing back. At least I know I’ll hear back from this one instead of having it “black hole” into nothingness. That’s reassuring. I hope that answer is a “yes” and not a ...

Fastest (and Shortest) Rejection Thus Far

The query that I sent off on Christmas Day was rejected last night. That’s a four day turn around time. That’s fantastic for an agent where some of them (through no fault of their own due to their ever-increasing workload) are required to make writers wait weeks or months. I’m very happy for the quick ...