Thank you everyone for your kind words regarding the cover of the next Dirk & Steele novel! I should clarify, though—the fellow on the front is not Koni. I’m not ready to write his story quite yet, though I have ideas for him. Nope, The Wild Road is about someone entirely new.
From Fangs, Fur, & Fey, examples of winning query letters, which are all pretty cool. A query letter is hard to write, so these are good to take a look at, whether or not you’re ready to submit your work to agents and editors. Check back every day this week—this will be going on for a bit.
I would show you my query letter (and it’s possible I already have, in some earlier post), but as every agent I queried rejected me, and I sold only when I finally submitted the first three chapters of Tiger Eye to the slush piles, I suspect that my skills in selling myself in only one page are rather lacking.
Via Scalzi’s blog, The Big Idea with Jeff Somers, author of The Electric Church, a book I absolutely loved.
Because of AC�s focus on weekly delivery of chapters, I began writing in a way I�d never tried before: Consciously viewing each chapter as a stand-alone reading experience that would have to maintain interest for a whole week while the reader waited for the next one. I started writing each chapter as almost a mini-arc, with a beginning, middle, and climax. Each chapter ends on a “beat,” which can either be a revelation, a new mysterious development, or, at times, just having the main character banged over the head and knocked out. I am overly fond of that last one, actually.
So am I.
Finally, Glen Campbell. Because it’s that kind of day. And I love this song.