Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2009«

An open letter to Oscar Whitfield

May 26, 2009


Dear Mr. Whitfield, It has come to the collective attention that you are spam-querying agents pretty much every day. As another writer, trying to get an agent, I applaud your tenacity, but frown upon your methods. By doing this you are not “changing the publishing industry” or “forcing your way in”.  You are, in effect, […]

Posting someone else’s story for today

May 25, 2009


I thought today would be a fitting day to post one of my favorite columns. It’s from the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman This is the excerpt which I think everyone should read.  Some of the highlighting is mine. On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs (From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. […]

Wrench in the process

May 21, 2009


To query or not to query…that is the question. The Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) has an annual manuscript contest that judges full length novels. I am going to the WLT agent conference this year, and decided to enter a manuscript into the contest. Why not, right? I debated on which one for a while, until a […]

Sent a partial, with NO nerves!!

May 18, 2009


This is nice. I just sent out a partial without any nerves! I won a contest whereby one Jodi Meadows who works for the Rappaport Literary agency,is gonna read my partial, and offer a critique.  First 50 pages are up for pain and suffering! I think it’s awesome. Typically when an agency requests a partial, […]

By helping others, we help ourselves

May 17, 2009


Lately, I have been trying to help other writers with their manuscripts and query letters. Trust me, it’s not because I’m some great master of the craft or a perfect query letter writer, far from it. I have a tough time writing queries, and my stories have so many issues, I’m surprised I even keep […]

New fun contest

May 14, 2009


Haven’t posted in a while, and this one will be short.  I entered another contest, and so far have a chance to win. If I do, my first 50 pages of a manuscript get critiqued by someone who knows the publishing/writing business very well. So cross your fingers and I’ll cross mine too.

Conference fun

May 5, 2009


Attended the DFW Writers Conference this weekend.  It was pretty much what I expected. I got to meet a lot of other writers, and a few literary agents and a few presenters. Can I just say that writers are a weird lot? And old? I think the average age was over 40, and the average […]