Friday, March 29, 2013

Stop Procrastinating!

Recently I've discovered a series of youtube videos by AsapSCIENCE, and I wanted to share one with you. It's something that could help you get some writing done if that's what you're struggling with, or homework, a project at work, etc. It's the science of procrastination!



Friday, March 22, 2013

The Charge Blog Tour

Today we have Sharon Bayliss, whose book The Charge came out earlier this month. She's here to talk about querying, and to show us her successful query. Take it away, Sharon!


Querying my novel almost drove me insane. A slight exaggeration perhaps, but I think there should be some additions to the DSM for query-related disorders. Perhaps "Acute query psychosis" or "E-mail refreshing compulsion disorder," and of course, "Rejectaphobia".

I suffered from all of these disorders have almost 50 drafts of my query saved on my computer…and that's just the drafts I saved. I really hated the whole process. But through all that trial and tribulation, I did rise victorious. I finally wrote a query that got me a full request from a publishing house. And I learned a few things a long the way. For some of my tips on querying, check out some of my past articles:


The Query Formula
The Matching Game - Finding Good Comps for Your Query
Manuscript Says to Query, "It's Not You, It's Me"
Query Bios - If you don't have anything nice to say...
Why Good People Write Bad Queries

And now I'd like to share the query for The Charge that got me a full request and ultimately a publishing contract:


Dear Curiosity Quills Editor,

Eighteen-year-old Warren King has been protecting his brother, Isaac, from bullies ever since Isaac decided to wear a top hat to the third grade. So when Isaac is kidnapped, Warren heads out to bust some faces. But Warren didn’t expect the bully to be the King of the Texas Empire. Warren’s mother confesses that Warren and his brother are some of the last members of the Texas royal family. The new King is hunting down his relatives before the true heir decides to say, “Hey man, you’re in my seat.”

Warren must save his brother and avoid capture himself armed with nothing more than a fifteen year old Camry and MapQuest directions to Texas. He gets help from a spirited Texan named Lena who is first girl that ever made him want to do things like iron creases in his pants. She’s ready to help him take on the King, but since she’s an anti-monarchy activist dating the son of the President of the United States, he’s not sure if she’s going to kiss him or shoot him. Gone are the days when choosing a major was a big deal. Now he must embark into a West that stayed wild and choose to be King, follow a King, or die before he can retire his fake ID.

THE CHARGE is an 80,000 word New Adult science fiction adventure set on an alternate timeline where a dictator took over the Republic of Texas in 1836 and built his own empire in the West. It can stand alone, but I have outlined it to be the first book in a five part series.

Sincerely,

Sharon Bayliss 



I forgot I had promised a five part series in my query. lol I guess I better get to work. 

Thank you for having me here Laura!! I am happy to answer query questions in comments.



And if that query makes you want to read more, here are some links where you can do so! Currently The Charge is only 99 cents, but that deal ends tomorrow!

Purchase at Barnes and Noble (the amazon link with the low price is at the top of the post)
Excerpt
Trailer

Friday, March 15, 2013

Maleficent and The Charge

I just went from having three shifts last week to having seven this week. Fortunately I got another edit of my book done before all my time got sucked away. And I'll have time during my two and a half days on the train to get to the conference...

Desk update: all the pieces are ready to be put together, but I started nailing and decided that nails suck and I need to go get some screws and wood glue instead (I own a power drill/screwdriver, so I'm not sure why I got nails in the first place). I cut three dragons into the sides, and one of them looks similar to Maleficent.

Can't wait until that comes out!

With all this extra work, I'm going to prioritize polishing my WIP over creating a short scene for my blog today. Come back next week for a stop on Sharon Bayliss's blog tour celebrating her book, The Charge.

P.S. Ha! I JUST figured out the scheduled post thing (a day ago when I wrote this!).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Link Crazy, Plus Water

First up, Sean McLachlan is having trouble getting his blog to show up first with a search of his name. Help him out by clicking the link! You know, I have the same issue. I show up (getting my query critiqued) as the bottom two entries on the first page over on theQQQE, but my blog isn't there. Apparently there's some well-known doctor with my name out there. I would appreciate it if you posted my name with a link to my blog on your websites!

Second, Adam Heine is working on an awesome new RPG called Torment: Tides of Numenera, which is currently up for funding on Kickstarter. They're already funded, but there are still rewards to be had, so head over now if you want to get in on that.

Third, I am finally over that "Meh, editing" phase I got moored in for a few weeks there and am back at work on my WIP. I even got it back up to 50k, finally (will I ever hit my 60k goal?) after cutting all the extra stuff I wrote during NaNo that I didn't end up using. Which is good, because I am going to pitch this face-to-face to either Jennie Goloboy or Paul Lucas in two months. Ack! Must...breathe...

Fourth, a short scene!



Thunder boomed, rolling like a bass drum. This lasted three minutes. Once its self-centered proclamation ended, sheets of rain started pouring down. Jenny glanced up at the ceiling, frowning. Odd...

Her door swept open, revealing a tall, drenched man. Lightning spiked behind him, turning him into a mysterious silhouette. As the purple spots in her vision faded, he stepped into her house.

"Who are you?" she asked, backing away toward her kitchen. Maybe she could grab a knife to defend herself.

"I am your father."

She stopped, blinking until he came into focus. He was beautifully muscled, she could see since he wasn't wearing a shirt, with the perfect V-line torso. And he was blue.

"Huh?"

"I'm a water genie, or marid as we prefer to be called. You are a half-genie, and since it is now the hour you turn eighteen, it is time you choose which you become, human or marid, and abandon the other half of your ancestry."

"Um, no."

"Huh?"

She shrugged her shoulders. "Look. First, this is pretty crazy, telling me all this and then asking me to immediately choose. But also, you want to give up part of who I am, which is not your choice. I'm going to stay the way I am, thank you."

He stared at her with an open mouth, and she smirked at him, then gasped as she felt a wave of cold wash over her. She looked down at her hands, which were now a pale green color and had grown thin webbing between the fingers. Her toe socks suddenly got a lot less comfortable.

"But I didn't choose to be a marid!"

"You aren't," he said, backing away. "None of us look as you do. You are something between the races. Now you won't belong in either world."

And he walked out the door.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free Book!

Rachel Aaron (one of my favorite current authors) is giving away her book 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love this week in celebration of her birthday. The deal ends on Friday, so I didn't want to wait until my normal post time to tell you!

And while I'm here, I'd like to welcome my most recent follower, Ilima Todd, a represented author! Congrats on that, btw, and I hope you enjoy my humble blog.

See you Friday!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Thank You

I recently joined the readership of David Powers King's blog, and he did something really neat. He posted a link to my blog, welcoming me as a follower. Crazy! I like the idea, and am adopting it now on my blog. But since posting a link to all 42 of my followers would drive me crazy, I'll get this kicked off with the most recent 10. So welcome and thank you to my new followers!

Susan Francino
Nick Wilford
Yolanda Renee

I hope you enjoy the random things I have to say.

And an update on that desk I mentioned I was building a few posts ago, it's going pretty well. My husband and I have all the wood cut, and about a third of it sanded. I can't wait to put it together!

Doing anything fun now that the weather's more comfortable?