Take Your Best Shot

And no, I am not referring to a gun, but to an old idiom. You know like: Roll up your sleeves and give the old college try. I’m talking about writing. It’s been quite a while since I have been able to pen to paper, so to speak. I won’t bore you with the details or the excuses; suffice it to say –– sometimes curling up under the covers is all you can do.

I’ve thrown off the covers for now, and I’m trying to get back to my routines, responsibilities, and to the business of figuring what the hell I’m going to do with this new reality called my life. I have a feeling it might take me a while to find my footing, but I’m ready to pull up my big girl panties, slap on some lipstick, and get on with living –– on my own terms.

I was finally able to write, and I’m submitting the essay to the Q2 WOW – Women on Writing Essay Contest. What the hell, maybe I’ll send it to more than one contest.

Perhaps you would like to start 2019 with a submission of your own –– Jump in and take your best shot.

Contests Open Now:

  1. Q2 WOW- Women on Writing Essay Contest
  2. Glimmer Train ( 2019 (and FINAL) Submission Calendar:   Jan/Feb: Very Short Fiction Contest and Fiction Open; Mar/Apr: Short Story Award for New Writers and Family Matters

Good luck and here’s to a new, different, and exciting 2019!

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What I’ve Learned About Querying

Querying tips

I’ve been as invisible as a ghost over the last month because I entered the maze of querying agents for my manuscript, Hello Hell. Let me tell you, it can be a scary place if you don’t know what you’re doing or follow the process as outlined by every, single, agent. So, here’s a few tips, I’ve learned aloong the way. Feel free to share your own.

  1. Pick your resources: Writer’s Digest, MSWL, Querytracker, or Writer’s Market.
  2. Identify those agents open for submissions and who are requesting manuscripts in your genre.
  3. Publications don’t always tell the whole story related to a specific agent, so do your reasearch.
  4. Make a list. Note siginifcant specifics about each agent.
  5. Read the agents profile, website, Twitter account and any other site they provide to get a good feel for whether he/she might be a good fit. For example, a profile may list they are interested in womne’s fiction but when you did deeper, there is a very specific type of women’s fiction they are interested in. Unless your manuscipt fits within that narrow scope, mark them off your list.
  6. Read through the agency, research all the agents listed, the books they have published, and their submission guidelines. 
  7. Perfect your query again and again. Don’t write one and think it will serve all. Some agents are very particular regarding what they want to see in a querying and the layout. So, be prepared to have numerous versions as you gothrough the process.
  8. Keep track of each query sent to each agent. This is important because you can’t querying more than one agent within an agency. So, pay attention to your list. I use Query Tracker which provides valuable insight into an agent:  response times, genre reports, percentage of responses, and the number of negative and positive responses. 
  9. Setup reminders to followup (nudge an agent) or to mark a query as closed. Some agents specify that after x number of weeks, “assume we have reviewed your work and are going to pass on it.”
  10. Understand querying is a process. It’s takes time, patience, and a thick skin. Whether an agent likes your work or not is often subjective. So keep things in perspective and don’t take a rejection personally.

Hope these tips help and if you have a tip, please share with us in the comment section. Good luck.

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story. I’m all ears and look for me on Facebook Page  at SheilaMcIntyreGood, PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, Contently, and Instagram. You can follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.