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Top 7 Small(HUGE) Victories for #Writers

By on Jan 24, 2015 in The Scrawl |

I wanted to diverge from my fairly recent maudlin Twitter postings about my agent query rejections. And having celebrated a small thing last night(number five below), I thought maybe I might make a short list of things to celebrate when you’re a writer that aren’t the biggies. 1. Attempting to write your first book. Yes, this, absolutely. I couldn’t tell you how many times I have heard, “I have the perfect idea for a book,” from people who have never even tried to write one. I often reply with, “You should try and write that!” Sometimes I’m internally cringing at the thought of the idea actually getting into print and becoming a bestseller. But if you have begun this process, celebrate it! 2. Finishing your first book. This one? This one is huge. There is a feeling you get when you step away from a finished work in progress that is...

Gimme Fuel Gimme Fire

By on Jan 17, 2015 in The Scrawl |

So I began querying for my book/trilogy on Friday. And I will say  I am hopeful but I am also trying to maintain a staunch realism. It might all end up queuing the sad trombones. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about writer fuel. And yes, this is going to be a rather subjective post but I think there will be enough universal info for everybody to be able to contextualize it for their own writing situations. Writers are lenses through which the world is seen. I think it was Emerson who said that or maybe Oscar Wilde. Whomever, I think the statement is true. We see the world and then, with consistency, help others see it. Even when it has dragons. Because to be honest, the world is just full of dragons these days. Sometimes they kill children and wave black flags but dragons are dragons. But this post isn’t about ISIS or Boko Haram either. When I’m...

#Querying *is* Selling… or Thanks @notjustanyboggs!

By on Jan 10, 2015 in The Scrawl |

Yesterday I was doing some stuff for my day job which required me to study sales as a discipline. Not terribly exciting, really, or so I thought. In fact, I posted this tweet: You know what really thrills my quivering writer parts? Teaching people sales techniques. #notreally — Gabe Posey (@gabeposey) January 9, 2015 But I had been up for a while and was riding a slowly diminishing train of caffeine. And then I saw this series of tweets from one Amy Boggs concerning her query receipt process. Now, if my morning events and afternoon events hadn’t been so neatly joined together as they were, I might have missed the connection entirely. But providence prevailed and I suddenly saw, as from on high, the connection between sales and querying. And it broadened my horizons a little. In the sales training, there were some basic ideas put forward regarding the intent of selling. And how...

#Agents, #Querying and the Flippy-Floppy Writer’s Mind

By on Jan 8, 2015 in The Scrawl |

It’s been a while since I wrote anything of significance here and I wanted to remedy that. I have decided to continue pursuit of an agent. Yes, obviously I was considering self-pub, previously, and I have not ruled that out, but for the moment I want to exhaust the possibility of going the traditional route. Which I have not, yet. I am still awaiting feedback from my #SFFPit query. But in the meantime I am looking around for agents, learning about them, doing my homework as it where. So what does my query process look like? 1. Finished, polished manuscript. That’s the biggest one. I want this book to shine, to quote Ms. Hannigan, like the top of the Chrysler building. So when I’m done with my rough draft, my first draft, and then have floated it around a few beta readers, I read through it again to make sure I have at a solid product to introduce. 2. Make a list of...