Welcome to the November Insecure Writers Support Group! Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh
As long as I blog, I won't miss out on this wonderful event. And today, instead of griping which I very well could do, I'm going to encourage and give out some advice (not that I'm a big authority or anything!)
To fresh, new writers with a story to tell: Write on! Get around those blocks, take short breaks to refresh, and get that story out.
To the editing blues crew: Carry on! Find a good crit partner and then some. Get out of your head and start a new project, then come back and remember what a great story you have that deserves to be polished up. The new project will also be your motivation to finish editing.
To the querulous queriers: Press on! Quick! You have five seconds to tell me what you're book is about, GO! There's your blurb, now expand and tease only a little to write the query. Remember the query is the future back cover of your book - hook an agent/editor/publisher now, hook readers later.
To the modest marketers: Event on! Get out there and sell - yourself. Who's going to promote you better than you? NO ONE. Unless you pay them. And we have no money yet. So bust a move!
Lather. Rinse. Repeat!
Easier said than done, I know. And believe me, it takes years, many, many, too many, rejections, heartaches and backaches and wrist-aches... But it's all worth it!
Now for a couple of BLOG HOPS! I'm so glad Michelle and Tyrean tagged me. I haven't done a hop in a while. Yay!
First Michelle tagged me in the Literary Seven Deadly Sins! (love this pic!)
Here are the questions:
Greed – What is your most inexpensive book?
Besides books I've won, I can't think of any cheap paper books... I do like sales. I've also gotten some free and 99 cent kindle books...
Wrath – Who’s the author with whom you have a love/hate relationship with?
John Grisham - love most of his insanely good story-telling, but don't like that he can publish whatever he wants (a few shouldn't have been...)
Gluttony – What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?
It takes me a while to read a book through, so reading them a second time? Doesn't usually happen. When I was younger, I read several books in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony at least twice.
Sloth – Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
I have a stack... I will say Gone Girl and I've let Cinder sit for too long, half-read as well...
Pride – What books do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?
My pride will not let me announce my deception... ha ha ha!
Lust – What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?
Strength, humor, conviction, honesty, faults they work around, depth
Envy – What book would you like to receive most as a gift?
A hard copy of Effigy - really digging MJ's book!
Now, I must tag others to admit their SEVEN DEADLY SINS...
Elizabeth Seckman, Vikki Biram, Christine Rains, Loni Townsend, Beth Ellyn Sumner, Heather Gardner, C. Lee McKenzie (I know that everybody is super-busy, so if you decide not to play along, then that’s fine)
And Tyrean asked if I would do a Meet the Character, so yay! Here are her books. And she introduced us to Clara - a teen swordstress destined for greatness.
Now it's my turn to let you all get to know one of my characters...
What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical?
Jeremy Monroe, totally fictional
When and where is the story set?
Modern day South Florida
What should we know about your character?
He's been dating his girl, Jess for three years and just found out he has a terminal brain tumor.
What is your character's goal?
To have a lot of fun and take care of his loved ones before he dies.
What is screwing up your character's life (main conflict in writerly speak?)
Before he dies, he takes a strange potion his girl got from a Shaman Priestess, hoping to extend his life, but he dies anyway and turns into a zombie! That's when the real fun starts.
What is the title?
The Comeback. It's a short story in CQ: CHRONOLOGY, an anthology by a slew of awesome Curiosity Quills authors. Comes out November 24!!
And now I am tagging CD Coffelt - but it's open to anyone who'd like to participate!
CD's books are: