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Writing in the Awkward Space #amwriting #amquerying

That time between finishing a manuscript, sending it out for literary agents to peruse, and beginning another project — that’s the awkward space, for me. Finished but not exactly done with the journey to being published, but not yet finding a new creative outlet for your energies. So you pick up a book. Several. Really clean out your To-Be-Read list that’s been accumulating proverbial dust on Goodreads the last six months. Finally plant that garden in your used egg carton and place it on your windowsill. Be productive with your empty brain space. City-productive. Instead of mulling over plot points, character diversity, or that tongue-in-cheek scene you included after happy hour with friends, you have all this free time. Just me?

The last few months have been incredible. I added 13k words to my manuscript, entered and won the Twitter contest RevPit, when the talented Nicole Tone chose my MS to edit over a full month, and connected with a string of new writers and CPs.


My day has gone from Wake –> Write –> Day job –> Write –> Sleep –> Dream about writing to no writing at all, reading great books, and reading great chapters from my critique partners. I almost feel like an empty-nester after sending out my manuscript to waiting agents, relinquishing my characters to Go, into the wild, with ya! Like I opened my eyes to my surroundings one day and really appreciated my apartment beyond the kitchen table for the first time in months (–Is that a chessboard by the big rectangular scree–Oh–television?).


Even while I’m relishing having evenings again after the day job and catching up on lunch dates, part of me has one foot out the door of City Productive and one foot into Next Work in Progress. The high of landing on a clever book idea and mapping out the route is addictive. Removing that powerful presence in my head leaves a bereft, confused, happy, but lacking feeling that I think many writers/creatives will understand.


So where’s my Next WIP? Not sure. Until I find it, rest assured I will be noting every tick of my friend’s expressions, the exact shade of burnt gold of my waiter’s tie, and the cookie crumb residue gracing my laptop’s keyboard until I find something else productive to actually do with it.

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Holy statistics, Batgirl! A great post about publishing trends by @stormowl7 #Goodreads #amwriting

Stumbled upon this post by the insightful Magali A. Fréchette (click on the link for her Twitter) and was surprised at her results. Drawing from the 2016 Goodreads vote for Winning Authors, she lays out the genres, their authors’ gender, and the age categories that won. I’m not entirely surprised to see that male authors dominate the Thriller category or that female authors own the Young Adult category, but it’s all great information to have, to further understand the industry and re-gird our loins from there.  See anything that surprises you about these stats?

I’ve wanted to write this post for some time, but as it usually does, life just got in the way. A while back, when we could vote for the nominees for Goodreads 2016, I thought of some subjects I’d read about a lot on Twitter. One subject that comes up a lot in the writing […]

via Statistics – Winning Authors of 2016 @goodreads #writerslife #Authors #stats #writers — Always Writing

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Think like Tommy Wiseau #TheRoom #bigdreams #amwriting

In 2003, director-writer-actor-star Tommy Wiseau released his masterpiece film, The Room. It was quickly dubbed a disasterpiece for its laughable attempts at just about everything serious. (If you haven’t seen it, do so immediately – cult classic – you’ll thank me – think Rocky Horror Picture Show) Once the jeers died down a few years later, a devoted following began screening the film at monthly intervals, which is where the cult aspect came into play. People brought props, dressed up, and recited lines from the film together in the audience. It was (finally) a hit!

Now, I hear James Franco directed and wrote a biopic about Tommy Wiseau and the The Room period called, The Disaster Artist. Franco’s film is generating Oscar buzz. (It did naaaawhhht — inside The Room joke, wait for it) Which got me thinking: this is a film I discovered while living abroad that me and my ex-pat American cohorts relentlessly quoted, laughed at, and watched pretty much on repeat for months on our computers, about a decade after it was released and in France. It was internationally known!

If Tommy Wiseau can achieve household success/notoriety/an Oscar-buzzed film about him over a decade after he meant for it to happen (and certainly under less derisive conditions), we should all be as myopic in our pursuits of big dreams, goals, and artistic expressions.

Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not good enough and keep at it! But–whatever you do– ensure you have a dozen objective people read your script for honest feedback. Then, do you. Do you, Tommy!

Do, you.





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Shark Attack! (Imma bite you, Monday)

This morning I saw an inspirational post on Instagram that said, “Do sharks complain about Monday? No. They’re up early, biting stuff, chasing shit, being scary – reminding everyone they’re a fucking shark.”

Considering I haven’t posted a blog post in about two months, this was just the wake-up call I needed. Get back in the action, dreamers! Take the opportunity that might seem like a burden and dunk its ass in your morning coffee. If you need me, I’ll be revising until further notice.



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the C list

Just discovered a killer new blog, filled with positive wanderlusting thoughts and cool pics. Loving each of these links on this specific article but you should check out the Stray Dog post. Enjoy!

East Coast Mermaid


Happy Friday!

You may have noticed there was no mid-week post this week. Life was just a little too crazy for that to happen this week but I promise I will be making up for it next week. I have some super exciting stuff in the works that I’m so excited to share.

Until then, here is this week’s C list. You’re going to want to click on the starving stray dog link. I promise. 

1. 30 Weird Reasons You’re Tired AF (via Refinery29) It seems everyone (including myself) has been brutally exhausted this week. Here are 30 very possible (and logical) reasons why we’re all doing the zombie walk.

2. 5 Mouthwatering Vegan Recipes Even Carnivores Will Love (via Hint Blog) I’m not even vegan, but I’m dying to try the Vegan Chickpea Omelet.

3. Starving Stray Dog Is Rescued and Taken to Pet-Friendly Restaurants All Over LA (My…

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Time for a #brainbreak #Halloween #amwriting

After several months of editing and brainstorming, I’m taking a serious brain break with some binge TV. Part of me feels unproductive, but then another voice tells me to hush up.




Ultimately, taking a good brain break after hauling ass in my day job as well as writing, is refreshing and much needed. Hopefully after another few days of reading, watching TV, and Halloween scares, I’ll be even more inspired than before.




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Twitter contest fever #amwriting #cowbell

I’ve got a fever. And the only cure….




Is more Twitter contests!

High off of great revisions and critiques from Pitch Wars, I jumped back in the fire with Pitch Slam, another contest meant to showcase your best work to prospective literary agents. Rules and details for Pitch Slam can be found here.

Aren’t you tired of Twitter pitch contests, you ask? Especially after winning Page 70 Pit in July in the Adult category? Casual plug to winning post

No! Because although I won Page 70 Pit, it was based on the 70th page of my Thriller Romance and my first chapter needed more work to reel in the agents. Intro Pitch Slam! A contest that provides a built-in week of free critiques and feedback on your 35-word pitch and first 250 words before the actual contest.

Receiving the thoughtful words of three different industry professionals is such a gift and also an affirmation that publishing is subjective. One person’s opinion may not match another’s. While that’s an easy out to brush off criticism you might not like, it’s hard to ignore when multiple opinions are bemoaning the same issue.

With that in mind, after trading critiques with friends, CPs, and Twitter acquaintances, I feel my MS is ready to take on the submission button.

So hurry up Saturday! I’ve got a hankering for more Twitter pitch contests!



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Your daily dose of #amwriting screen locks

Your daily dose of #amwriting screen locks

At times, I feel like the effort made toward my writing is less impressive than I would have it. Some days I only have thirty minutes to sneak in edits here and there while other times I shut myself in for the entire weekend to write. Ultimately, instead of feeling disappointed with yesterday’s work I start each day anew, remembering that it adds up in the end.

Hitting that repetitious stride this afternoon and hoping you’re finding the time, too!

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2016 Query Statistics

Awesome stats for the #amquerying author! Great insight into an agent’s request process and particularly interesting for me since I subbed a Thriller Romance in June. Check it out!

Pub Writes

I have been neglecting this poor blog far too much this year, because it has been such a busy year!

I am going to try to be better these last few months. So to jump back in, I wanted to share my query statistic for 2016 – as I type this, I have 25 unread queries in my inbox. These numbers do not include requested materials from conferences, but I have not made any offers on anything from conferences so far this year.

Queries Responded to: 2,451

Partials requested: 179, which is 7.3%

Full manuscripts requested, from those partials for the most part: 21, which is .85% of all queries sent

Offers made: 5, which is .2% of all queries sent. (two of those people are with fabulous agents who are not me)

What genres am I requesting most? I have those stats too! This isn’t saying I don’t want…

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