January 20, 2012 · 1:33 am
With my novel, Summer Blood, finally finished and sitting with my Alpha-Readers, I’ve decided to write a query letter to send out to potential agents. So, what goes in a query letter? How do I capture the attention of a good agent when I know 50,000,000+ other writers are trying to do the same thing? I have to stand out somehow, right?!
So, I google’d it. Of course…. I found a decent website right away. Thanks Google!
This site says there are five points to a good query. They are as follows:
- The hook
- The pitch
- The body
- The credentials
- The close
I think the hook is the most important. If you don’t grab the agents attention in the first two sentences, I think you’re screwed. RIGHT~?!~!?
So, what’s my hook? According to the writing-world website there are many ways to grab the agent’s attention, and many ways not to. The “don’t do this” section seems pretty common sense to me. So, what about the “do this” part? None of these really work for me. These seem to be good ideas for non-fiction writing. But, I get the idea.
Be real, be interesting, but don’t come across like every other ding-dong writer begging for attention. Then, the right agent will pick me!
Here’s my first paragraph:
Stories like True Blood and Twilight have been breathing life into the old classics making vampires HOT right now. My adult novel, Summer Blood, takes some elements of the classic vampire stories and adds new twists. These vampires leave blood, violence, and sex in their wake, and readers that love that will also love Summer Blood.
Does that grab your attention?
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October 27, 2011 · 3:37 am
So, I have content, a story, nearly completed. What next? I’m starting to think about some of the marketing aspects of writing. What do I need to do to promote the book?
I started looking at other writers’ websites, blogs, book covers and trailers. Yes, trailers. Authors are now making video trailers for their books. I’ve seen some really good ones out there too. I’ll post some of my fav’s (their books are awesome also!):
This one has several on one page. A different trailer for each book. Each one has a different feel that represents the different styles of the novels. http://www.smreine.com/
This one has one trailer that shows all of her work. It is a little longer and a bit different, but visually, it is very distinctive. http://www.penelopefletcher.co.uk/video
This one is really cool; she actually did the animation and recorded the music herself… very talented: http://maggiestiefvater.com/
So, that kind of gives a brief idea of some great video trailers, and gives me a high bar to measure up to! (Kudos ladies!)
So, I’ll be thinking about what I can do for a trailer over the next few months (wish me luck). I need to have good images that represent my story. I also need great music that has inspired me while writing. Then, I need some text to explain my story without giving too much away, but enticing the public to read my book.
This is going to be a fun challenge!
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October 12, 2011 · 2:03 am
I’m finally reading the final book in this awesome trilogy! Yeah!
Friedman’s trilogy begins with Feast of Souls. The second book is Wings of Wrath. Then, the final book is Legacy of Kings. I had thought I was going to leave all my book reviews on my website, but this one is worth blogging about…
The Magister Trilogy by C. S. Friedman http://csfriedman.com/ is one of the best fantasy/speculative fiction novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Her characters are strong, yet flawed. They make mistakes, they learn, and they go on. They feel human.
Her plot is intricate with over-riding themes, and interesting unforeseen twists. I like my fiction unpredictable. When you think the story is going in one direction, it jumps in another. She keeps the pages turning!
So, what is the Magister Trilogy about? Imagine a world where witchcraft exists, but there is a high price to wield it. The witches in this world pay for their craft with a little piece of their life force every time they cast a spell. Then enters the Magisters. They steal the life force from others for their magic, making them all-powerful… well, almost. It turns out there are monsters invading the land, souleaters, and they will destroy humanity if left unchecked. The heroes, the lyr, have to fight the beasts. Woven throughout these overarching story lines are sinister plots and back stabbing traitors. Who can be trusted?
One thing I admire in Friedman’s writing is how she develops her character, Kamala. She slowly unfolds depth throughout the three books. This is a young woman who learns to survive in a man’s world, and not always too successfully. She learns how to be human and how to care for others, even when they might not necessarily deserve it, as the reader learns about her.
The first two books were excellent, and now that I’m reading the long waited for third and final installment, I have to say I’m even more interested than I was when I first started reading the first book. I think I need to go back and read the other two again!
Check this one out! A great read… 5 of 5 stars!
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September 14, 2011 · 3:00 am
I’ve noticed that I tend to write better when I’ve been reading really great books! So, as part of my writing journey, I thought I should mention and share some of what I’ve been reading. I’ve posted a few book reviews on my website that you may want to check out…
I’m also going to share the latest awesome book I’ve read, Blood Song by Cat Adams. This was a fast read. I read the book in a day and a half and I cannot wait for the sequel. The book is about a tough body-guard who is half turned into a vampire (yes only 1/2 way!) It is partially a mystery to find out who did
this to her and why, part kick ass vampire book, and there is a nice little surprise twist at the end leaving the reading drooling for the sequel. The author’s style of writing is easy flowing, easy to read, and gets your attention quick and keeps it. I highly recommend it and rate it 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I have to take off 1/2 a point because she had so many characters in the book that I lost track a couple of times. I had to say, “Who? Who was that?” a couple of times. Otherwise, excellent read!
So, these are the awesome books that I’ve been reading lately. You can enjoy them to and hopefully, see their influence positively reflecting in my writing.
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August 14, 2011 · 10:32 pm
I’ve been watching a lot of book trailers lately. They are like movie trailers only for books and they are shorter. I’m going to make one for the novel I’m working on, so looking at a lot of trailers is a good idea!!
So, here is a trailer for an upcoming book for an author I particularly like. I adore the trailer and hope I can come up with something half as good. So, watch it and see what you think!
[you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tojCn2Y41ig&w=560&h=349]
I have to note also, that Maggie Stiefvater is running a contest for people who post her trailer – so I have a dual purpose! I want in the contest. But, also, the trailer is really neat!! She recorded the music herself and drew the animation. She is so talented. I definitely jealous!
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