Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Happy Book Birthday, DUALED!


I'm so happy to announce that it's release day for my fellow Friday the Thirteener, and awesome friend, Elsie Chapman & her book, DUALED!

I had a chance to read this book on ARC tour and it was gritty, dark and intense. West is such a fascinating character in a very difficult situation. The way this society altered the attitudes of it's people toward death was fascinating. Love it! Check it out! 

So, go congratulate Elsie over on Friday the Thirteeners! Or better go buy her book because supporting authors is never a bad thing! :)


Happy Book Birthday, Elsie!

Monday, February 25, 2013

INSOMNIA Countdown Widget + Giveaway!

Look over in the right hand column of my blog, but before you do...prepare yourself to be stunned by what can only be called sheer awesome. Fellow Friday the Thirteener, and the "Maker of All Things Amazing", a.k.a. Erin Bowman made me this gorgeous countdown widget!

*stares*
*pets*

We now have 3.5 months until INSOMNIA's release! And I'm trying very hard not to freak out! Let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya...that won't be weird or awkward at all, right?

*crickets*

Fine. Instead of cuddling, I guess I'll tell you things. That's almost the same. :P

The INSOMNIA ARC giveaway over on A Good Addiction blog is still going until this Thursday, so go and enter if you haven't already. 

Also, the pre-order promotion price ($5.55) of INSOMNIA on Barnes & Noble and Amazon is still going, so buy a copy for yourself, your parents, your neighbors, your kids...but not your parents' neighbors' kids -- because come on, that's just strange.

Have a happy Monday!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Forging Fridays - Double Header!


Today is our fifth Forging Fridays post! Yay! Again, I won't be stating the identities of the volunteers for Forging Fridays unless otherwise requested. If you feel like unmasking yourselves in the comments, be my guest. But, I won't mention anyone by name. On to our queries! Yep... two queries, as promised. 

Today is a Double Header! *applause* *cheers* *confetti* 
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Query 1 - 


Dear [Agent],

[Personalized] I am seeking representation for my YA Contemporary Fantasy BECOMING JINN. (excellent start, but I would recommend including word count here)

Wishing doesn’t make it so, Azra does. (Great hook!)

Azra has always known who she is. A Jinn. But Azra has also always known who she doesn’t want to be. A Jinn. This reads awkward, maybe rephrase to something like "And that's exactly what she doesn't want to be" or just rephrase so it's less repetitive. On her sixteenth birthday, Azra’s genie magic kicks in. For the rest of her life, she’ll go where she’s told, perform on command, and do it all without question. Screw that. With a flick of her wrist, she jettisons the Jinn handbook. Is this literal? I'm a little confused, but this should be completely clear as to whether this is a real thing. This sentence takes us out a bit because it's distinct in closeness of voice from the rest of the query. It would be just as powerful to say something that keeps us in the same place, like "so she does the only logical thing and sends the Jinn handbook as far away from her as possible" or something like that.  Her powers, curiously strong for a new genie, fuel her ability to wing it. But when her cockiness causes her to skip a vital step this is unnecessarily vague, we need to know what she is doing wrong for us to decide whether we care or not, she not only risks exposing Jinn magic to humans what are the consequences of that? Will the world implode or will she just get a slap on the wrist. Make us care. but also puts a baby’s life in danger this makes us care, but it's a big leap from what we know. Why is this baby involved at all? If you're going to mention him/her, give us some connection. Either one would be enough to draw the attention of the Afrit who rule over the Jinn world her throwing the book wasn't enough, I take it?, but the combination lands her on probation. Little do the Afrit know they’ve granted Azra’s wish by forbidding her to use magic. ...okay, now I'm really confused. She's being punished, does that mean she failed and both exposed the magic and the baby died? This all needs to be clear and if this isn't the main conflict, then we need a lot less detail actually. If this is just what leads to the main conflict, as it seems in the next paragraph, then it should be summed up with something like, "after a spot of trouble involving (looks like you're going for humor, so twist it in a way to be funny) the Genie council forbids her use of magic" but...in voice.
Happily reduced to doing mischief like a normal teenager, Azra sneaks a peek at her mother’s diary. The secrets about the father she has never met, the source of her strong magic, and why the Afrit have been watching her so closely reveal as many answers as they do questions about who Azra really is and who she wants to be. Okay, so here we have an entirely new plot. We really only need one mentioned. And as far as I can see here, I'm not sure there is any need for her losing her magic to be mentioned. It doesn't seem she cares and it isn't what allows her to read a diary, so maybe don't even mention it? Focus on the central plot, if it's about her family and discovering herself, then that's all your query needs to be about. When her probation is lifted, Azra must figure out how to grant the most important wish she has ever been asked — one that challenges the most fundamental rules of the Jinn — without losing those she loves most, and herself, in the process. And here we're vague again. Give us specifics and consequences or we can't make the leap to caring. 
See, when genies are involved, there’s always a trick. I like this, but it does steal a little impact from the consequences in the previous sentence. If you're going to keep it, I'd recommend losing "See".
With fantasy elements set in the contemporary world, BECOMING JINN will appeal to readers of Lauren Oliver, Kristin Cashore, and John Green. Be very careful when using big names like this. I'm not saying don't do it, but it's creating very high expectations should they read on. Instead, I'd try to find a cross of two books that haven't been combined before. Like...I don't know Aladdin meets...Anna and the French Kiss or something. I know that doesn't make sense, but find the combo that fits so it seems like you're filling a vacant space on new ground instead of trying to fill the monster size shoes you've mentioned here. Make sense?

A professional editor and writer for more than seventeen years, I have a B.A. in journalism from (redacted) University. I am currently the editor for the yearly series of public policy journals published by the (redacted). I am a member of Grub Street in Boston, having attended the 2012 Muse and the Marketplace conference. Never heard of this. You don't need the extra details, so only keep it if it's a big deal. 

Thank you for your time and consideration. A sample of the work follows. I would be happy to send you a full or partial manuscript. These last two lines are implied when querying. I'd recommend removing them.

Overall, you're on the right track here. You have voice and you understand the format of a good query. I'd just work on honing in on your main story. Good job!  

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Query 2 - Having a weird issue with fonts here...

Dear Agent: Make sure to add in a personalization here also. :)


Virtue in a vial—without it the world can’t survive. Intriguing...go on. :)


Sixteen-year-old Bevin wants to be in control of the Patience that runs through her veins when you say "runs through her veins" and "virtue in a vial" I think drugs. Are we talking they inject themselves with extra virtues because that's the imagery I'm getting here. Also, of all the "virtues" I can think of, Patience is not a particularly interesting one. If you've made it so, tell us how this virtue (and controlling it) is a struggle for her in a world where everyone is born with one virtue but each person needs more than one to survive Why do they need more than one to survive? And what makes Bevin someone we should care about. We don't have a reason to care yet.. When the prices of virtues begin to rise, she must figure out a way to grow into her Patience what does this mean? Are we talking about controlling Patience again here?, her best chance at being able to get more virtues how so?, even if it means using the seven deadliest virtues which are what? I wouldn't mention this if you don't want to tell us what they are.


Bevin grew up in a household with cupboards full of vials but the only virtue that doesn’t taste right on her tongue is her own Ah, and now we're getting more about Bevin, maybe find a way to start with this? Should hers "taste right?". Now global trade declines and residents higher up begin to hoard vials as prices are jacked up, leaving those in the middle and the lower end without the means to survive I think we're starting too wide in scope here for a query. You can tell us all of this in the book. For the query, you need to focus on the main character and what is at risk for HER. Will her little brother die? Have her parents already? What are the deadliest virtues and why is it a risk to work with them? What makes her uniquely suited to this task? Is it her Patience?. When Bevin learns that seven teenagers, each born with one of the most deadliest either deadliest or most deadly here virtues are going to stop the inflation, Bevin must find a way to save herself in order to protect what is left of her country before it comes to its downfall.


Only after being tricked into giving away a birthright sooo vague, We're bouncing back and forth here between too much detail and too little. Focus on the things that matter and be specific about those things. she never knew she had does Bevin realize just how much help she can be to the nation. Now time is running out and she must decide what is worth fighting for to save remove "to save" here, it steals impact her country, her birthright or what’s left of her Patience.

Complete at 80,000 words, VIRTUE NOT VALID is a science fiction novel for young adults that will appeal to readers of Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT and Lauren Oliver’s DELIRIUM. Again, as with the query above, these are HUGE names. Make sure you're giving yourself a space to fill and not just stepping in behind people who are already there.

Thank you very much for your time and attention. 


Okay, so this idea is super unique and I really like it. I just think you need to hone in on Bevin and her story. It's great that there is more to the book and there should be, but for the query, we're focusing in on her, what is happening to her, why should we care, what does she have to do, why her, what/who is she up against, what are the consequences if she fails? Answer these questions and you have everything you need for your query.


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Phew!* Okay, that's it for today. Two queries is a LOT! Thank you so much for volunteering, oh mystery writers! :) I really hope this helps you both. You are brave to send in a query, to me or an agent. Well done! :)


So, what do you guys think? Agree or disagree with my assessments? Discuss! Also, happy Forging Fridays! May we all be tougher and stronger thanks to our days in the fire. 


Also, we need new volunteers for Forging Fridays! I'm down to only one query in my pile! So send them in! Details on how to submit your query here.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Recovery & INSOMNIA Promotion!

I'm currently recovering from several days with friends, AND launches, AND a conference WHILE trying to manage drafting and line-edits...

My plate is full.

So, today I just wanted to pop in and tell you guys something AWESOME!

Barnes & Noble is doing a special pre-order promotion with INSOMNIA!!

It is available right now for almost half off!

Of course, Amazon has matched the promotion, so you can pre-order INSOMNIA  right now on either site for $5.55!

I don't know how long this promotion will last, so if you were planning on pre-ordering, now is a great time to do it! Here are the links if you're interested: Barnes & Noble or Amazon

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Forging Fridays & LTUE!

So sorry guys, but Forging Fridays will be postponed this week as I am on panels/reading/signing at the Life, the Universe & Everything Conference this week. As a thank you for your patience and for sticking with me, I will make next week's Forging Friday post a double-header! :) Two queries for the price of one!

So stay tuned. :)

Also, there are TWO Insomnia ARC giveaways going on this week!

First is over on the A Good Addiction Blog, where you can also read an interview with Parker!

Second is only for LTUE attendees -- if you're attending send a tweet including #LTUE and #InsomniaARC and tell me about your most bizarre dream. I'll be picking one entry for the winner on Saturday!

Have a fantastic weekend and I'll report back all kinds of conference info next week!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Book Birthday to Michelle Argyle and PIECES!

Besides being Valentine's Day...today is the release day for my good friend, Michelle Davidson Argyle's YA contemporary, PIECES! It is a sequel/companion novel to her book that released last year, THE BREAKAWAY.

I've known Michelle for several years now and I'm so grateful we met through the online writing community and then came face to face at one fateful writer's retreat where the stars aligned...either that or I drank a lot of Mountain Dew-Code Red. Those two events have very much the same effect on me.

Anyway, Michelle is sweet, kind, and extremely talented. Just when I think she's already maxed out in the Fantastic Abilities Meter, she throws out random tidbits of information like, "Oh, I design bookmarks and book trailers for myself and other authors." Then when my jaw drops open she says, "Oh, did I not mention that?"

Seriously, they need to make up a new word, because talented really doesn't cover it with this girl.

Anyway...YAY! Happy Book Birthday, PIECES! I can't wait to hold you in my hot little hands! :) Here is some info on what this book is about:






Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.





So excited! Stop by Michelle's blog where you can order PIECES and/or celebrate with her! And stick around for the PIECES blog tour coming up February 18th - 23rd to enter to win prizes and a signed copy!

Congratulations, Michelle & PIECES! *confetti*

Oh, and also... 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, INTERWEB PEOPLES! 

May your day be full of love, happiness, and may ALL the FEELS be with you! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

INSOMNIA signed ARC Giveaway + Interview with Parker!

DUDES! I have something fabulous for you today! You might want to sit down for this...no? Okay, your call, but don't say I didn't warn you.

The very cool Kari Olson over at the A Good Addiction blog is posting an interview with Parker, the overly exhausted main character in my upcoming debut thriller, INSOMNIA! 

Along with the interview, she's hosting a GIVEAWAY of a signed Insomnia ARC! Yay! So pop over there, meet Parker, and enter to win!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Happy Book Birthday to Kasie West and PIVOT POINT

Kasie West is charming, funny, incredibly talented, occasionally known to get Jr. Mints stuck to her clothing, and one of my dearest friends in the entire world. I could not be more thrilled to tell you that her debut YA novel, PIVOT POINT is being released today!

This book has been everywhere on these here interwebs, so I'm guessing you've heard about PIVOT POINT, but if not, here's the lowdown:










Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier 


Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.


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PIVOT POINT is technically superb with incredible writing and flawless execution, but that's not what I love about it. I love Addie and Laila. I love the powers, the mystery, the world, the relationships and the emotions. I ADORE this book and I can't wait for so many more people to be able to read it.

I'm so happy this day has finally come. Congratulations, Kasie. You are one of the most talented people I've ever met, but you are an even better friend. Love you, girl! I'm so so so happy for you! :)

Stop by Kasie's blog where you can find links to order PIVOT POINT and/or celebrate with her! Or, if you are in Utah, come to her launch on Wednesday night at 7pm at The King's English Bookstore in Salt Lake City!

Happy Birthday PIVOT POINT! 

Now you can go out into the world! Make good choices! ;-)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Conference Love: LTUE!

I will be spending the second half of this week at a local conference known as LTUE (Life, the Universe, & Everything). It was the first conference I ever attended and it's one of my absolute favorites for several reasons:

First - it's VERY budget friendly (and who doesn't like that?)

Second - it's one of the absolute best places to people watch (I could tell you about some of the things I've seen, but to be honest, you wouldn't believe me).

Third - All my writer buddies come out to play and we always have SO much fun. 

This will be my second year as a panelist and I'll be on two panels.

On Thursday at 4:00p.m. -
Finding the Right Market for Your YA Book
Jenn "J.R." Johansson, Peggy Eddleman, Renee Collins, Kristen Landon, Tracy Hickman, Megan Whalen Turner


And on Friday at 1:00p.m. -
Scare ‘em While They’re Young
Jenn "J.R." Johansson, Patricia K. Castelli, Mikey Brooks, Steve Diamond, J. Scott Savage



These are some fantastic topics with some incredible authors! I'm thrilled to be among them! I'll also be doing a reading from INSOMNIA at some point, but I don't know the exact time on that yet.

One more thing: I'll be giving away an ARC of INSOMNIA over the weekend to one lucky LTUE attendee. I am coming up with a fun plan to figure out who will get it. It will most likely involve Twitter and dreams... Intrigued? So am I. :) Stay tuned!

Will you be attending LTUE this week? You can find more information on it here. If you're going to be in Utah, you should come. Otherwise I heard there is some kind of nightmarish plague to be placed on you...or something. But I could be making that up, guess we'll see...

*cue Twilight Zone music here*

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 8, 2013

So...about Forging Fridays

Forging Fridays has been replaced today by a new (hopefully one time) special called: Going to the Doctor Friday! 

I have a conference next week. I've felt crappy since my cruise. I'm doing something about it. IF I'm feeling better this afternoon, I shall try to also do a Forging Fridays post. 

Stay tuned...

*cue Jeopardy music*

Question: I know there are a ton of lurkers for the Forging Friday posts, but less comments than I anticipated...which is fine. But you are gaining something out of them, correct? I love helping out, but it is a lot of work, so if it isn't helping as much as I think, I'd rather do something more effective with the slot. You know? 

Thoughts?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

INSOMNIA Has a New Blurb!

You know that feeling when you're so excited you could explode, but you can't tell anyone?

Yeah...that.

That was me last week when I received a new blurb for INSOMNIA from the amazing author of this book:


Jennifer Bosworth is freaking awesome, hilarious, and thoroughly charming. Her book, STRUCK, is incredible, and I'm so thrilled that she liked INSOMNIA. 

This is what she had to say about it:

"This book plunges you into the waking nightmare of one extraordinary insomniac's life. A riveting story of terror and despair that will keep you up long past your bedtime." 
-- JENNIFER BOSWORTH, Author of Struck

Dude. Is that awesome or what? :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

INSOMNIA Caribbean ARC Tour - Part 1

I went to the Caribbean at the end of January and it was awesome. Of course, I had to take my Insomnia ARC with me and introduce it to things it has never experienced...like cruise ships and warm air. So, here is some photo documentation of said ARC adventure. 






First, we got on the ship and got unpacked. 


Next, we stopped by the bar for some soda - Of course, Parker is only 16 and closely supervised ;-) - to quench our thirst. Note the friendly bartender in the background. 





Then we stopped back in our cabin because the ARC had a date with our friendly cabin-frog. Or Frabin, as we named him. Poor frog never saw those nightmares coming. 








Then we were off to dinner, where we were greeted by our friendly wait staff: Juan Carlos & Melica. Not only do they deliver warm delicious food, but they also do part-time work as mannequins. Talk about a multi-talented staff...












Then we had our delicious dinner. Luckily, my mom and sister were helpful with feeding the ARC. Eating is rough when you have no hands. 





Table napkin, or Tapkin, if you will, was very interested in the ARC, but after our experiences with Frabin...we decided maybe caution was better.








After dinner, we were tired from trying to keep up with the ARC, so we crashed...but apparently he stayed up late (what's the point of going to bed when you don't sleep anyway, right?) and found the real party. 

Ooh la la! We heard he was also seen doing Gangnam Style somewhere on the ship. Wish someone had gotten a picture of that...

Well done, ARC, well done indeed. :)


*check back for more ARC tour adventure on Wednesday*

Friday, February 1, 2013

Forging Fridays - Give Us The Emotion


It's time for another Forging Fridays Query! Yay! We love volunteers! As always, I won't be stating the identities of the volunteers for Forging Fridays unless otherwise requested. If you feel like unmasking yourselves in the comments, be my guest. But, I won't mention anyone by name.

Here is our next volunteer! *applause* *cheers* *confetti*

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While I appreciate the dive right in approach as much as the next girl, be sure to include a paragraph (at the beginning or end) about WHY you are querying them. Did you see something somewhere that indicated they'd be a good fit? Personalizing the query can make a world of difference!

All Cinnamin Makaiau wanted was to start a family with her wife, Naali. But the delivery does not go as planned and now Cinnamin has lost what she had so desperately wanted If I'm reading this correctly, the story starts here and this is the inciting incident that gets the story rolling. If so, this isn't something you need to keep a secret and be vague about. Did she lose her wife? The baby? Both? Make it clear and show the emotion and voice so we're completely on Cinnamin's side from the beginning., leaving her alone and unsure of how to put back the pieces of her shattered life. She is left with in-laws who want to help her through her grief, but their Hawaiian customs of mourning seem to mock her pain, and so Cinnamin feels no comfort from the people who want to be her family, her 'ohana. This is cool. I haven't seen many books that delve into this particular culture. You're establishing a familiar setup (moving on after loss) with a new twist (a culture not often explored). This is a key asset to your book and you're making it clear from the start. Well done! :)

Meanwhile,Cinnamin cannot help but think of her own parents, who turned their backs on her when they found out the truth about her sexuality, but who had once been able to console her when she was small this sentence reads a little awkward. Most parents can console their kids when they're small this doesn't set them apart. Give us some emotion or event or something: i.e. in her pain, she can't stop thinking of the way her own parents had (insert caring emotional detail here). Cinnamin is alone, craving comfort from those who cannot give it. So when she runs into her brother, and he suggests a way to earn her parents' love and acceptance okay, this choice seems to be the crux of the story. It's the main conflict. Do not keep the main conflict a secret! Is he asking her to pretend she's straight? Be more direct with whatever this is and make it clear why it is a difficult choice for her specifically., Cinnamin is forced to choose between regaining her family or remaining true to her identity. This is an emotional consequence. With a situation like this, we need to connect with your main character in order to care. Can you provide us something that tugs at the heartstrings in the first paragraph? For example something like, Cinnamin expected to be buying diapers and hearing her wife's laughter at their son's first smile, instead she is buying caskets and hearing the words of the preacher as he speaks of the importance of 'Ohana - family. His words can't console her when she knows she is burying the only family she has left that could love her no matter what. -- Now, obviously, not this. Make it your own. Use your character's voice, but pull us in with her emotion and struggle. Make sense?


Finding 'Ohana is a completed, 48,900 word women's fiction novel. The Hawaiian setting, rather than only portraying the Hawai'i that tourists know, instead explores the locals' Hawai'i awkward phrasing here, maybe reword? and the ways in which native Hawaiians adapt their ancestors' culture. The book deals with many complex themes, including parenthood, family estrangement, grief, religion and sexuality, as well as family and individual identity as they are defined by differing cultures. Very good. As I said above, these are important things that set this apart. It might also be good to indicate why the author is an authority on this? Are they Hawaiian? Did they grow up in that culture? Spent time researching? Not much is necessary, just a short sentence is all you need.


I have begun building my writer's platform (with my pen name: Redacted) ever since attending the Redacted Writers' Conference last year, and am eager to do more marketing in the future as well. This paragraph is massive for author information and really mostly unnecessary. The writing is what will sell the book, not what you're doing in a platform. For the last six months, I have been working as an editor for a fiction publishing company If you are going to include this detail, you need to name the company, if you don't want to name them then leave it out or just say "I've been working as a professional editor so...", so I know the level of perfection required before a novel is ready for publication. I have been writing fiction since my senior year of high school, when a short story of mine won third place in a campus writing contest. Since then, I have completed a large sample of short stories in a wide variety of styles. These last two sentences don't matter and I'd take them out. One of these was published in a literary arts journal in the spring of 2010, and another was printed at the Black Rock Press on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. I also had an academic paper published in another literary arts journal in the fall of 2011. You need to be more general here: I've had several short stories published in (local? regional?) journals between 2010 and the present under the name: (since you already said you are using a pen name). Since this isn't a short story, they probably won't care to look them up (and you really don't have to mention it), but it can lend you a dash of credibility to note you've been published if you'd like.  The work I am submitting to you is one of my favorites. I feel that I know the characters personally and I am excited to share them with you. Much of my own emotion went into Cinnamin's development, and I have been told it comes through on the pages. Finding 'Ohana has gone through many revisions, and I am still open to critiques and new ideas to strengthen the writing. These last 4 sentences are unnecessary and implied. if this wasn't one of your favorites that you were excited to share, they assume you wouldn't be sending it. Also, if you are going to work with an agent or editor, you need to be willing to take critiques, so this is implied also. I'd remove much of this paragraph. In truth, you could take out the entire thing. None of this will sell the story, the writing will.

If you are interested, I will gladly send you the complete or partial manuscript. Nice, but unnecessary. Also implied. This is why you're querying. You could instead put something like: Please let me know if you have any questions and Thank you so much for your time and (reading queries is very time consuming, acknowledging this shows you're aware) consideration.


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Okay, that's it for today and this query. Thank you so much for volunteering, oh mystery writer! :) I sincerely hope this helped! I think introducing this culture is different and intriguing, the query just needs some polish. It takes guts to send in a query, to me, an agent or an editor. Go you! You have awesome guts! :)


Speaking of, do you want to volunteer? Click here to find out how to send in your query!


So, what do you guys think? Agree or disagree with my assessments? Discuss! Also, happy Forging Fridays! May we all be tougher and stronger thanks to our days in the fire.