Agent and Editor Wish List #MSWL

Today, agents started posting their MS wish lists under the hash tag #MSWL on Twitter. If you don't have a Twitter account, you can also check out the tweets on Tumblr at: http://agentandeditorwishlist.tumblr.com.

Thanks for the lead Ryan Gish!!!

Happy Querying!

C

Countdown to Spark: A Creative Anthology Release Date

The launch of, Spark: A Creative Anthology has been rather successful. The reviews have been pretty solid and the stories I've read thus far have had me page turning like a madman.



The release of their second volume on July 1, 2013 is worthy of a countdown. Please, allow me.


That's better. 

If you are unfamiliar with Spark: A Creative Anthology, I highly encourage you to take a minute and check out their sight. Brian Lewis, the Editor-in-Chief, has some incredibly informative interviews posted. All the info on submissions and contests can be found there as well.

If July finds you in the mood for a dark and tragic tale, I've got you covered. Look for my story, The Barfly From Apartment Twenty-One, in the second volume of Spark. I'd love to hear what you think, so be sure to return and post comments.



Happy reading,

C


Zombie Enthusiast Playlist

Some authors need dead silence to write, others need mood music.

I definitely need mood music. Coffee and mood music, IMHO, entice my writing muse to stick around longer. 

I have a half dozen writing playlists. When I work on tragic scenes, I listen to a playlist that pulls on my heartstrings. If I'm writing something glittery and happy, I switch over to a playlist that makes the sky seem bluer and everything else cotton candy wonderful.

But, when writing about zombies, I need something different. The playlist that mirrors the pace, theme, and milieu of my novel-in-progress is almost entirely dubstep. 

I know it doesn't seem to make sense, however; this genre of music has worked miracles with the pacing of my book, I swear.

So if you're in need of a playlist for your novel, or are looking for something new to listen to, check out these songs.

Zombie Enthusiast Playlist

Feel So Close--Calvin Harris
Promises--Skrillex & Nero remix
Radioactive--Imagine Dragons
First of the Year--Skrillex
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites--Skrillex
Kyoto--Skrillex featuring Sirah
Kill Everybody--Skrillex
Weekends--Skrillex featuring Sirah
Breakn' a Sweat--Skrillex & The Doors
Summit--Skrillex featuring Ellie Gouldling
Reptile's Theme--Skrillex
Cinema--Skrillex featuring Gary Go
Ruffneck--Skrillex
The Devil's Den--Skrillex & Wolfgang Gartner
In for the Kill--La Roux
Lights--Ellie Goulding
Promises--Skrillex & Nero
Don't you Worry Child--Swedish House Mafia

As you can probably tell--I'm a huge fan of Skrillex. I plan to thank him in my acknowledgements when my book publishes.

If you find that the music alone isn't really helping you capture the mood, try watching some music videos. The Official version of the music video for "Radioactive" is alright, but the video shot by, "Run for your Lives" gets me in the zombie writing zone every time I watch it. 

"Run for your Lives" Official video for their obstacle race:




Official music video for "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons:



Happy writing,

C

Beta Readers Rock

Greetings!

Picture this, if you will.

Last year, I was about 75% of the way through writing a women's fiction novel when I had the craziest dream of a girl fighting her way out of a burning hospital. What started out as a short story proved to be a full length novel, and two sleep deprived months later, I completed the first draft. After a month long cooling period, I started editing my work, focusing mainly on the first chapter so that I could pitch my story at an upcoming SCWG conference.

This was my first conference and my first completed manuscript. I was nervous as hell as I prepared my pitch, synopsis, and query letter. My delivery as I pitched the agents most likely reflected an over-caffeinated neurotic more so than my usual self.

The goal was to sit with two of the most queried agents in the business and not screw up my pitch. I left the conference after speaking with not two, but three agents, all of which requested either partial or full reads. Rock on.

Needless to say, the Space Coast Writer's Guild Conference was incredibly inspiring for me. I was on fire to get through my edits and get solid work in the mail, like yesterday. That's not exactly what happened.

My inspiration continued to move me to write and my passion for the story never dwindled, however; my schedule became really crazy. The Fates seemed determined to keep my fingers from the keyboard.

Until last week.

Finally, after six incredibly long months, I was able to resume edits. It feels great. Honestly, knowing that this manuscript has potential is making the rough work and long hours pass like minutes on a beach shore.

If you aren't sure if you're wasting your time with your work, have someone you trust read it. I've written about the value of critique groups and trusted readers before, but the topic deserves a re-attack.

If I didn't belong to a critique group, my writing wouldn't stand a chance at improving. Trusted readers not only helped me make my story better by providing comments, but also gave me confidence that the story would hold interest. Without these amazing cohorts, I can assure you that my work wouldn't turn the heads of any agents. All writing should be screened by a beta group before landing in front of people that you want to help sell it.

In short, I'm back to work. Beta readers, get your eyes ready and brew a pot of something strong. A great zombie story is headed your way soon.

C

Editing Progress

I'm officially halfway through the third edit of my novel. Rock on!

And...back to work.   : )