Now, I’m gonna say that I’m not a literary agent. I read books. A lot of books. And websites and stuff. So when Jodie emailed us and submitted an agent query for a pitch slap, I was briefly confuzzled, then nervous, and then I dove in. Here’s my canary stab at talking about agent queries!
For this pitch slap, I’m going to press pause on the blurb itself and instead talk about the stuff around it.
Wrede on Writing: Tips, Hints, and Opinions on Writing by Patricia C. Wrede
“What matters is that when you are finished, you have a good story, however you managed to get there.” (Wrede on Writing)
You know this author. You know her because of all the awesome:.
And now she has a book out that distills over thirty years of writing wisdom into 246 pages covering basics from what it means to get an idea for a novel to the eternal question that plagues writers around the country – should you have a dedicated writing office, or write on all and any available and relatively flat surface up to and including relatives and large animals? In small, short vignettes, the book covers a miscellany of writer-relevant topics in a ‘there’s no one right way to write’ kind of way.
The book is set up in three sections: the bare-bone basics of writing (outlining, what point of view is, tense, narration, the works), the more advanced basics (using flashbacks, writing conflict, ending the darn book, beginning it…), and the practical, financial and operational basics of being an author. Continue reading
Chirp! We are going to start the new year off with some brand new pitch slapping and fit tossing. In our Pitch Slapped series, we take a book blurb or a book pitch, and then proceed to pull it apart and stick it back together – all the while answering those pesky questions like: What works? What doesn’t work? What could be done differently? Why?
Here are a few of my favorite from last year:
A pitch slap! In tiny, tiny text.
I have a few pitch slap requests lined up, but I am always looking for more.
Do you have a pitch or synopsis that you’d like to send to the sacrificial altar? Or do you know an author who does?
Email it our way to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Pitch Article Submission” in the subject.
One of my big resolutions last year was to read more and read across genres. I met my yearly reading goal of 100 books, with 114 books read in 2013! Canaries, how did you do?
Though, if you break it down, about a third of the books in the romance category were paranormal or science fiction romance, and 22 out of the 31 Fantasy books I read in 2013 were Urban Fantasy. Still, I’m getting closer to my goal of variety reading.
For 2014, my goal is to take this pie, and keep slicing it up. Let’s see if, by this time next year, I will have a few slivers of literary fiction and mystery in there, as well as beef up that science fiction slice. Brownie canary points to myself if I manage to slip in some international authors too!
Happy New Year, canaries!
What are your reading goals for 2014?