August 29, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury

Origin by Jessica Khoury

Book blurb (from goodreads):
Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home—and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin—a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Available September 4, 2012

To be honest, the cover caught my eye the first time I saw it, but not necessarily in a good way. But now it's grown on me, and that blurb? Sounds fascinating. I'm really looking forward to learning about this supposedly immortal race. Fortunately, I don't have to wait long because it releases next week. Woo!

Happy Wednesday, guys ♥

August 27, 2012

Gearing Up to Get an Agent aka GUTGAA

I'm sure you've all heard of this by now, but if you haven't, GUTGAA is a month-long blogfest filled with agent pitches, meet and greets, contests, and is generally a fantastic way to form connections with other writers and potentially hook an agent's interest.

For more information, go here where the creator and organizer Deana Barnhart does a much better job of explaining exactly what GUTGAA is.

For a full schedule of events, go here. And don't forget to polish up those pitches!

Happy Monday, everyone ♥

August 13, 2012

Q+A: If they ask for money, it's a scam

» Ask Me Anything!

Linneus asked: How do I know who to trust and who's ripping me off? (regarding agents and publishers) Do I pay to have my book published, or does someone else? How does it work?

(Off topic: I love your name for reasons I can't say publicly b/c of NWS-ness lol)

Research. Research, research, research. There are a lot of sites out there that list disreputable publishers/agents and give great advice on how to spot a scam.

But since you asked me, here's my simple answer: if they ask you for money, it's a scam.

A reputable agent would never require a reading fee. Nor would s/he require payment for editing services, either from him/herself or a third party. A legitimate publisher would not require you to pay or "invest" money in publishing your book (that's what vanity publishers do). Similarly, they shouldn't require you to pay to get it "professionally edited." Money should always flow TOWARD you, and your agent gets paid when you do, typically 15%.

Note that those agent examples are not the same as an agent suggesting you might benefit from getting more opinions on your work. But I WOULD be leery if the agent directed you to a specific editor-for-hire.

That's all I've got. If there's anything you guys would like to add, please comment :)

August 8, 2012

WriteOnCon 2012 is Coming!

That's right, WriteOnCon starts next week! There will be agent panels and lectures, critique forums, live forum events with agents, daily contests, and Ninja Agents lurking about possibly requesting material. AND it's completely free. How cool is that?

Last year was my first WriteOnCon, and it was awesome. Got some lovely feedback from other participants, received a few requests, and learned a TON from the agent chats.

So if you haven't yet, make sure to register by signing up for the forum!

August 6, 2012

Q+A: Manuscripts and Beta Readers

» Ask Me Anything!

Emily asked: How polished should a manuscript be before you send it to beta readers?

As I'm sure you already know because you guys are pretty darn awesome, many of these questions are the sort where the answers change depending on who you ask. Writing advice, like writing itself, is subjective. Take what you like, what you agree with, and discard everything else ♥

For me, I bring in the beta readers after my critique partners have taken their axes to it, and I've finished revisions based on their feedback.

In fandom, betas were synonymous with critique partners so it took a while for me to figure out that there is somewhat of a difference (there is, right? *cough*) between the two. From what I've come to understand, CPs go after just about anything (and I love that they do!), while most beta readers will look at the big picture, the final product, and pick out the inconsistencies and poorly paced areas.

Of course, that changes as well depending on the people involved.

Actually, you know what? IGNORE EVERYTHING I JUST WROTE.

How polished a manuscript should be before sending it to your beta readers should be established between you and your beta readers. I'm pretty sure it changes with each and every writer/beta reader, so... find out what works for you, and go with that :)


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