I’ve been into cosmic horror recently and decided to take a swing at a short piece (around 1ooo words). We’ve got an unnamed horror from the depths, a general air of hopelessness, and a dismal ending. Perfect for a light read 🙂 Enjoy.Continue reading “A little cosmic horror for Halloween”
Writers hoping to be traditionally published have several goals, not the least of which is partnering with a literary agent. That happens when they query someone who both loves the book and believes they can sell it. Whether it sells or not, typically the writer will work with that agent for their follow ups.
That brings us to this post’s topic: What happens when your next books doesn’t ‘land’ (ie: resonate, hit) with your agent? That might happen for a number of reasons. Here’s one.
How It Happened to Me
Most writing-related talk at conventions, in webinars, and on blogs and vlogs focuses on things you need to do to partner with a literary agent. Less gets said about what happens once you do, so, a year after signing with the fab Kaitlyn Johnson of the Belcastro Literary Agency, I thought I’d write about some of it.
Obligatory disclaimer: I’m going to focus on a few things that should be universally valuable and tackle them from as generic an angle as possible. Real-life agents and agencies may of course do things a bit (or a lot) differently.
Another Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in NYC is in the books (*self-eyeroll*) but this one was different because it was my first as an agented writer. For me, that changed the vibe some and I found myself pulled more toward the marketing and book release side of things than ever before. I still attended craft sessions too, and sat some terrific, insightful presentations.
Which was the answer I gave to the question, “If you have an agent, why are you here?” late Friday night.
It’s no secret MANY attendees travel to WDC for the Pitch Slam. I did the same my first year, but what’s kept me going back is that I learn something every con. How could you not when listening to experienced talents like NK Jemisin, Steven James, Min Lin Lee, etc.? Every perspective, every way of approaching something adds to your own bag of tricks and development. None of us know it all.
BUT you’re not reading this for my high-horse soapboxing. You want to know how the sessions went. Happy to oblige.
Much like my Friday Morning FYIs, I’ve slacked as far as writing this post, but this one is for good reason. Since signing with the amazing Kaitlyn Johnson, I’ve been writing the second book in my MG ghost series and working with Kaitlyn on revisions for book 1. To say these are exciting times is an understatement 🙂
BUT I always love reading these kinds of posts, so wanted to do one, too. I hope it inspires some of you struggling in the slushpiles like I did for so long.
Okay, enough preamble.