Sunday, December 20, 2009

Query mistakes

When sending queries I take my time. I am almost compulsive when it comes to checking the agency’s website, blogs, tweets, or whatever. I try my best to match my mss with the best agent possible. I personalize each and every query to the agent. I make sure to keep up with each agent’s website, blog, follow on twitter if I can find them, and whatnot.

So as published/non-published writers, how irritating is it when you do your best to send the greatest query that you possibly can and then still find that you accidently made a blunder. Such a mistake happened to me the other day, and I thought it would be fun for everyone to share a blunder they made when querying agents.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Writer's--Be Prepared

A warning to writers--Always be prepared.

This morning, I opened my email and I saw a message sent to me from an agent I queried. And of course I thought what I usually did. “Another rejection.”

I’m use to them. LOL!!

Oh, but not this time. I had a request to send a full manuscript. A full…and a synopsis.

I must tell you--well after I closed my mouth with audible snap--at that very moment in time. I was so happy I had one prepared. Even more happy when the pages fell within their accepted guidelines.

And it was so strange because I so did not want to write one. I fought myself on the matter.

“Write one,” the common sense side of me said.

“NOOOO!” my whiney self said. “I don’t wanna.”

Finally, common sense side won, and I reluctantly wrote one. And I think it was lucky that I did so.

Because one thing I always check, and I hope you all do to, is whether or not the agency says they want a synopsis. I don’t recall this agency’s website asking for one, and yet, they wanted one.

So remember, don’t be caught with your pants pooled at your feet. Be prepared with a synopsis. Have it ready on hand.

Then you can do what I spent most of the day doing. Worrying over it, tweaking it, deleting and adding bits to it, then finally save, add attachment, and hit that send button.

OH!! Then comes the fun part--opening your sent mail so that you can check to be sure that you sent the right files.

I wonder what an agent would do if you accidently sent the wrong files? A question to ponder...hmmm?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Win a signed copy of TWILIGHT

That is right, a signed copy of TWILIGHT. A wonderful gift for your favorite Twilight fan or if you are stingy like me, then keep it for yourself.

So good luck! Here is the link Scroll down a bit to find contest.