Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Revise Like Crazy - WriteOnCon in 5 Days! (and other links)

Which got me thinking... we've got five days left to get our manuscripts in tip-top shape for conference pitching! In the case of this online conference, that basically means posting your query in the forums and crossing your fingers. :)

The list of participating NinjaAgents is packed with phenomenal literary agents with a good eye for great fiction, and great publishing contacts. Check all those out at the link. Lindsay's linked to the forums so you can get all registered and ready!

  • Michelle wrote a very insightful post on Knowing Your Audience as a writer. Of course, I'm revolting against age-ism in all its forms, but she has a very good point about knowing at least what type of reader your aiming to reach.

  • Angela Ackerman of The Bookshelf Muse just shared a new find: The Writer's Resource! Check it out. It's pretty much amazing. And at The Bookshelf Muse, there is a series of helpful posts:

Conflict vs. Tension

On Tension Building

Writing Charismatic Characters

  • I'm late to this party, but just pre-ordered E.J. Patten's much anticipated book called Return to Exile, the first in The Hunter Chronicles trilogy, published by Simon and Schuster. Here he talks about landing his uber-agent Steven Malk, the risk he had to take in working with him without a guarantee, and why it's all been worth it. Follow him on twitter to count down with him to his book release on September 6th. And read his blog. He's hilarious.

Here's the cover and blurb from goodreads:

Eleven years ago, a shattered band of ancient hunters captured an unimaginable evil and Phineas T. Pimiscule rescued his nephew, Sky, from the wreckage of that great battle. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has studied traps, puzzles, science, and the secret lore of the Hunters of Legend, believing it all a game. For eleven years, Sky and his family have hidden from dark enemies while, unbeknownst to Sky, his uncle Phineas sacrificed everything to protect them. For eleven years, Sky Weathers has known nothing of that day. But on the eve of Sky’s twelfth birthday and his family’s long-awaited return to Exile, everything changes. Phineas has disappeared, and Sky finds himself forced to confront the mysterious secrets he’s denied for so long: why did his family leave Exile on that day so long ago? What, exactly, has Phineas been preparing him for? And, the biggest mystery of all, who is Sky really and why does everyone want to kill him?!
Happy Browsing, Everybody!! Thanks for all your support on my excerpt yesterday! You gave me a much needed confidence boost! *happy sigh* I have the best blog buddies.

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