Getting a Literary Agent: Query Writing (Part Two)

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Let’s get back to the submissions guidelines.

Every agency and publishing house is different. When I first started query writing, I thought that if I had the manuscript finished (a must before you start querying, unless you’re a writer of non-fiction), the query letter written¬†(that could be catered to each separate agent or publisher), and a 1-2 page synopsis drafted, I would have all the tools I needed. I didn’t bother with an outline because I was under the impression that those were only asked for, for non-fiction manuscripts.

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Becoming a Beta Reader

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I was invited to beta read by author, Dan Alatorre, for his upcoming book, The Navigators. This book is about a group of archeologists who stumble upon a time machine buried deep beneath the ground at a mine in central Florida. Relationships are tested. People get hurt. Questions are answered about what happens when something of such value is discovered by the masses. In this fast-paced read, Dan doesn’t let his reader’s minds wander. He keeps us running from one scene to the next, trying to help the character’s figure out the best way to turn.

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Interview with Dan Alatorre, Co-host of the YouTube Show, “Writers Off Task With Friends” & GIVEAWAY!!

Writers Off Task With Friends: Dan Alatorre, Allison Maruska, and J.A. Allen

What comes after writing a book? How do people find time to write? What goes into getting published? Is it better to self publish or traditionally publish? Is social media necessary as a writer?

I see these questions come up a lot. So many fledgling writers want to know what to expect.

The hosts of Writers Off Task With Friends, authors Dan Alatorre, Allison Maruska, and J.A. Allen, address these questions and more, on their weekly video show.

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Finding Time to Write : A NanoWriMo Story

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“Finding Time to Write” was originally seen as a guest post that I did on writer, J.A. Allen’s blog, Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. I had won a flash fiction challenge that she hosts on her blog each week called, “Sunday Scribbles Challenge” (view my winning entry here).

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A to Z Challenge: Z is for Zzzz’s and Catching Some When You’re a Writer

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Ideas running through your head at all hours of the day. Frantically searching for a pen and paper to write them down for fear they’ll be forgotten. Worrying you aren’t making enough progress on achieving your goals. Getting up an hour early just so you have that extra time to work on more stuff: social media, blog, book, and the list goes on.

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A to Z Challenge: T is for Thesaurus

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We’ve all heard of the thesaurus. We used them in school, the old Merriam-Webster ones that could have doubled as giant door stops. Now and again, we would pick one up to try and figure out what a word meant, based on other words that could be used in its place. I know I did.

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A to Z Challenge: R is for Rejection

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Fear of rejection. Putting yourself and your work out into the world is hard enough, now we have to get used to being rejected too? That in and of itself has caused many writers to stop the story they are working on to move on to other ventures.

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A to Z Challenge: O is for Overshooting Your Word Count

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We all have different stories to tell. Some of us stay in the realm of Fantasy, writing for kids who love to visit the worlds created in our books. Other writers stay truer to life and the reality that surrounds us.

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A to Z Challenge: L is for Listening to your Characters

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If you are a Pantser like I am (see blog post Plotter vs. Pantser), then you are perhaps more familiar with the idea of listening to your characters. In other words, letting your characters guide the direction the story you are writing will go.

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A to Z Challenge: D is for Dialogue : Writing Dialogue That Works (Part 2)

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How to Make Your Characters Say Some Amazing Things

Dialogue is something so necessary in storytelling, it’s worth making sure what you’ve written is the best it can be. There are several things to keep in mind when writing or revising your story’s dialogue.

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