Rewrite done. Edit to come.

March 7, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain)

My rewrite of my Gothic mystery horror is done. So now I have to edit it. Once the edit it done there is one more read through, some changes, maybe, maybe not, then the harrowing experience of finding an agent. I wish more agents took email queries. I’m sick of wasting postage on agents. They should spend money on a good virus program and accept email queries. They save trees and are quicker. Come on agents…. email, email, email. Please.

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Winter doldrums.

February 23, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain)

Every time I sit down to finish my book and I find myself nodding off at the keyboard. Either, i’ve discovered a cure for insomnia – my writing- or I am tired of winter. I hope I’m tired of winter.

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Why you need an agent –

February 14, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain) ()

On the whole I hate to admit that I need an agent, especially since I seem unable to get one. Yet, I know that an agent’s real role is to get you the best deal possible, not only for you, but for them because that is how they make their money.

Here is my story. I had a book published called Martini Shot by John R McCormick. It is a detective novel, slightly noirish, slightly hardboiled. A publisher without a clue or marketing budget published it. No push, no marketing, no reviews, no nothing. It never saw the inside of store, but you can get it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Bog whoop. So I made all of $34 on it. Actually, it is probably less than $34. An agent would have saved me from that pain, that abject sense of wasted work. An agent would have either got me a real book deal or told me to put the book away in a drawer and take it years from now to rewrite it.

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Olympics non-sequitur.

February 14, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain) ()

I watched the Olympics opening. It was a pantheist wet dream. Boy, Canadians do love mother nature.

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trying again.

February 10, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain) ()

Rewriting the Gothic, Gilded age novel is fascinating. It is taking on a mind of its own. Characters I thought would be important suddenly weren’t and others… well, they sort of were killed off. Plus, the setting of New York City in 1885 during the summer is challenging. Even though I liked the first attempt, I’m glad I started all over again.

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And so it begins again…

February 6, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain) ()

My gothic mystery set during the Gilded Age of New York has changed. I first a first draft, liked, let it sit a few days, then read it again and hated it. The time period I liked; the genre I even liked; but there was something missing. Well, not one to overreact, I trashed it and have started over again. I want this to be part Sherlock Holmes, part Bram Stoker, and part Victorian age social commentary, maybe with a little steampunk thrown in. Here’s hoping the mix works.

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The sound of silence.

January 28, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain)

All right I guess I now know why literary agents, those Lucifers in the making, didn’t like Samhain. Hell, I can’t give it away for free so who’d pay for it. The public has spoken and Samhain – for now – is discontinued. I write, I weep, yet the dance continues.

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Comments???

January 26, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain) ()

Since no one is commenting on the chapters of Samhain on my blog and no one seems to be reading the blog, I am thinking of stopping the chapters and just do my meanderings and comments. I need comments to judge if I should continue putting the chapters on the blog…. I need to hear feedback. Or I need to grow used to talking to myself. Come on – read and make a comment. Or not.

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what should I do?

January 26, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain) ()

Here goes nothing: An agent requested material and it is now a month past the ten weeks she said she needed to respond. Should I write this off or should I contact her? Or should I be patient? Or should I be a pain in her a**?

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Query letter

January 23, 2010 at 10:03am (Samhain) ()

I am at the point of rethinking the query letter. Every one and their sister can tell you how to write the best cover letter and are willing to sell you a book on how to do it, yet those freaking letters often don’t work. How about a letter that is without bull, withouth clever marketing, and niche markets and just says – read the freaking manuscript. If you don’t like the book after the first fifty pages then throw it out, but read the damn thing. Maybe I can offer a bribe – you say 12 percent, so how about 15 percent? Or maybe I can just email stalk an agent. Nay, too much trouble.

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