Arena 3: A Message to My Readers

*This post was originally published on July 14, 2017.

So, I’ve been off the grid for a few weeks and I feel like I should explain what’s going on with me, my writing, and the Arena series.

Okay, painful part first.

I hate to have to tell you this, but my publisher has decided to discontinue the Arena series. Additionally, a new series I was developing was also rejected and I’m now without a publisher. I know it might be disappointing for some of you to hear, but please don’t blame the publisher for their decision. Continue reading

A Starting Guide to Query Letters

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First of all, let me start off by saying I am in no way an expert on query letters. The one that landed me an agent went through roughly thirty rewrites. Yes, you read that right. Not three. Thirty. Some writers believe the query letter takes more time and effort than the entire manuscript itself. Some days, I’m inclined to agree with them. It sounds rough, I know, but as long as you’re not afraid to get your elbows dirty and your ego bruised more than once, you’re already on the right track.

The summary paragraphs for every query letter (except non-fiction) should have three parts: character, conflict, and stakes — in that order. Continue reading

5 Reasons Your Query Gets Rejected

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In the summer of 2014, it began.

When I first started drafting my query letter, I set myself on the most epic of all quests: discovering what it would take to get an agent drooling to read my book. Every spare minute I had was spent hunched over the computer, reading blog after blog.

At first, all I could find was basic information about writing a three part book summary for your query letter: Character, Conflict, and Stakes.

Is this all it really takes to impress an agent? Write a three-part summary and you’re in?

In a word: No. Continue reading

New Host, New Site

I finally got fed up with my former web host and moved my site over to something much more manageable. Actually, I’ve been fed up for a long time but I kept putting it off. Now, my annual subscription was coming up and no way was I going to dump another year’s worth of time and money into my old host. Nothing like the threat of a credit card charge to get me motivated.

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So far, I’ve moved everything over except some of my blog posts. Those will be migrating over soon. That was the biggest issue I had with my former host: it was terrible for blogging, and it’s something I’ve been wanting to do more often for a while now. A few years ago I wrote a few posts about query letters and other writing advice, and they drove traffic to my site in tsunami waves. However, the blogging capabilities were so poor that few people could find their way to other posts or to the rest of my site after landing there from google or a twitter link. Continue reading