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Monday, November 28, 2011

Oh the Agony

It's that time again.  No not Christmas time, although it is that time of year as well.  No I'm talking about query time.  That's right, my baby has flown the coup and landed in a few agents inbox.  The suspense on how they are doing in the big world of publishing is trying.

I worry about my baby.  Is it standing out against the others queries in the crowded inbox?  Is it playing nice with the agents, letting them read and enjoy, letting them love the character's like I love them?  Are the agents able to see what my baby is, what my baby can become? And how long do I wait until I give up and call on those other agents? 

I know you have at one time or another felt the same way.  I've tried to spend this time while I wait to see how my baby is doing by researching more agents, and working on my WIP.  I also have been blogging.

What do you do to pass the time while waiting?  Share with me, let me know I'm not alone, because I know you're out there wondering the same. :-)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

It's Thanksgiving!

Hey everyone!



Since it's Thanksgiving this will be a very short post.  I just wanted to wish you all a very happy turkey filled Thanksgiving.

And don't forget the cranberry sauce!

I'll be back on Monday

Monday, November 21, 2011

Stand Out Synopsis/Query! YA Thriller by John Sankovich


I'm happy to announce yet another entry for our Stand Out Synopsis/Query.  This is great guys, keep them coming!

Today we have John Sankovich with his YA supernatural Thriller.  I have to say after reading, I think he has something here.  I have posted John's query as I received it, I am putting my red comments below this one so you and John can see the changes I made. 

Please, please add your comments in the comments section of this post.  I know if it were your post, you'd love to see what people have to say.  Okay then, now for John's query:


Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Stevens has come to terms with the fact that people want her dead. That her brother is included in that group is a little harder to swallow.
Using her emerging gift of telekinesis to stop a mini-market robbery, Rebecca unknowingly starts a war between two factions. The Followers are an organization of people who use their varying paranormal powers to oppress anyone not like them. Trinity, a group of citizens, who recruited her brother, formed to combat The Followers, and imprison everyone with supernatural powers including Rebecca. Then her father goes missing, and Rebecca must find him before The Followers do, since they believe he is the only person to know where their long lost leader, The Collector, is. As conflict erupts in her small town, Rebecca needs to find people she can trust when everyone is trying to kill her.
After Rebecca learns about the mystery of The Collector’s disappearance, and her father’s connection to it, Rebecca gathers her own gifted allies, struggles to save her father, reunite with her brother, and stop The Followers. If she fails than everything she holds dear will be destroyed.
THE GIFTED is a 90,000 word young adult supernatural thriller. I have an English degree from San Francisco State University.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
John Sankovich


Now my changes:

Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Stevens has come to terms with the fact that people want her dead, that her brother is included in that group is a little harder to swallow.

Using her emerging gift of telekinesis to stop a mini-market robbery, Rebecca unknowingly starts a war between two factions. The Followers are an organization of people who use their varying paranormal powers to oppress anyone not like them. Trinity, a group of citizens, who recruited her brother, formed to combat The Followers, and imprison everyone with supernatural powers including Rebecca.

When Rebecca learns about the mystery of The Collector’s disappearance, and her father’s connection to it, she must find her father before the Followers do. Rebecca must find people she can trust to gather her own gifted allies, struggles to save her father and reunite with her brother. With the Followers leader, The Collector missing, and Rebecca’s father the only one who knows where he is,  If she fails than everything she holds dear will be destroyed.


Then her father goes missing, and Rebecca must find him before The Followers do, since They believe he is the only person to knows where their long lost leader, The Collector is. As conflict erupts in her small town, when everyone is trying to kill her.
, and stop The Followers.

THE GIFTED is a 90,000 word young adult supernatural thriller. I have an English degree from San Francisco State University.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
John Sankovich

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Picking the Brain of an Author


Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of an author you admire?  I have, but for me it's not a new author, or even a recently dubbed famous author.  I want to pick the brains of authors of the classics.  Many of you know by now that in college I was a English Literature major, so I got a chance to read many of the classics. 

There are two stories that have stayed with me, even all these years later.  The stories are not even novels, but short stories by very well know authors.  Many people don't read short stories today, or study them so I wonder how many people even heard of these stories.  The stories are The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne.





I love these stories.  The Yellow Wallpaper is a story about a young mother and wife who is ill.  Personally I feel the reason for her illness can be interpreted in many ways.  It's a story which makes you think. There is so much between the lines of the written word which only Charlotte knows the real meaning of.  It fascinates me.  Please if you get the chance it is a must read.



As for Young Goodman Brown, oh the layers are endless, and the interpretation is intriguing. The story is about a man who takes a walk into the woods.  I can't give to much more away without giving away the story, so I'll only say this, good vs evil.  Have I peaked your interest?  Go read, you'll be glad you did.

These are the authors and their works I'd love to discuss with them.  What about you?  I'd love to hear which author you would love to pick the brains of and what work you would discuss with them.  Tell me in the comments.  I'd love to make another post with a list of novels/short stories for discussion.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Blessing in Disguise

I've been thinking of ways to generate more ways for people to submit their synopsis and queries for review on Stand Out Synopsis.  So far the response has been slow, but dare I say steady?  A few people have offered ideas, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter and I've decided the ideas are not bad ones but I'm not so sure I want to get that involved with so many social networks so instead I have decided to created only a Facebook page.  The only reason why I decided to go through Facebook is because I already have a Facebook account so it will be easier for me to check and update. I'm still trying to get the link on my blog, so  bare with me as I get that straightened out.  I want to help out other writers the same as so many have helped me out, but if there still is a slow trickling in of enteries I might have to cancel this segment. 

Part of me says this is a good thing.  It leaves me more time to concentrate on my writing, editing, blogging and family.  I enjoy blogging, and networking but I don't want it to consume all my free time.

As of right now I have no more entries, I'm going to give Stand Out Synopsis a little more time, I know I'm just in the beginning stages, but the purpose of this site is for comments, and no one is commenting and to be honest that is my main concern.  I will still post on Mondays and Thursdays, don't worry I'm not going anywhere.

Just an Update:  The Facebook link is now working so make sure you click and like- follow!  Thanks!- Cynthia

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'm So Bummed



I got the call around dinner time on the 1st of November.  A friend of mine called with some very exciting news.  She was going to paste it on Facebook, but there were a chosen few people who she wanted to make sure heard the news straight  from her.

My friend had found out a few weeks ago that she is moving.  (sad sigh).  Her husband decided to take a job based in Virginia.  (another sad sigh).  Since I have moved to Rhode Island I have met some wonderful people.  The friends I have made I have made because of my boys.  I met this friend 10 years ago when I joined a mommies group through my hospital.  My son was six months old at the time.

From the time I joined, four of us from the group have been inseparable.  We had plays dates all week long and it was great.  We went to each others house, the zoo, I swear I lived at Mystic Aquarium.  As time went on and our kids started school we have seen less and less of each other. But we have Girls Night Out regularly, okay so some times we lapse and should have gotten together sooner, but the point is, we still make time for each other.  The last time we went out we went for dinner in Newport and a Comedy Club. So much fun.

 I'm so happy for her exciting new journey in life and I know that we will still talk to each other and hopefully visit each other, but knowing she is no longer right here in Rhode Island sucks. 


So this post is goes out to the ones we love that are far away.  You might be far away, but you are always close to our hearts!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Stand Out Synopsis/Query

Morning Everyone!


I'm happy to announce that Stand Out Synopsis has a query to review.  I want to thank Christina Tetreault for letting us review her query.  As always my red lines are included below. 

Please help Christina out and add your advice, tips, and suggestions in the comments section.  Remember we are here to help each other out.  I'll always looking for submissions so if you have anything, send it in.  How to submit can be found on the right hand side bar.


Callie's Reluctant Reunion is a 58,800 word completed manuscript targeted for Harlequin's Special Edition line.  It is to be the first in a four book series. I like how you get straight to the point and let the agent/publisher know this book is the first in a series

Callie Taylor, is an elementary school teacher in Slatersville Massachusetts. (this sounds like the town is recovering not Callie. I’d make a new sentence) She is still recovering from the loss of her mother when a bombshell is dropped at her front door.  All her life she believed that her father was dead, killed in a car accident, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Before dying her mother confessed the truth to her closest friend. (Who’s closet friend? Callie’s or her mother’s)  Callie's father is none other than billionaire and presidential candidate Warren Sherbrooke.  

Callie had always considered her mom one of her best friends and is devastated when she learns her mother kept the truth from her.  Until Callie can come to terms with her mother's betrayal, she doesn't even want to think about her father let alone meet him.  Unfortunately, she is forced to deal with him much sooner than she plans when his stepson, Dylan Talbot shows up at her apartment.  Though she refuses at first, Callie eventually agrees to a meeting with her father at his secure mansion in Newport Rhode Island.

Dylan Talbot is a gorgeous multimillionaire who although is devoted to his family has vowed to never fall in love again.  When his stepfather Warren Sherbrooke receives a letter from a past love telling him they have a daughter together, Dylan is instantly suspicious.  Though Warren insists on going to Callie himself, Dylan convinces Warren to let him handle things.   A shrewd judge of character, it doesn't take Dylan long to determine that Callie is no threat to his stepfather.

However convincing his mother and Warren's campaign manager is another matter. (This sentence should be in the other paragraph)  As a result Dylan agrees to keep a close eye on Callie and make sure she stays away from the media. (I’m not sure you need that part) Quickly their relationship develops into more than friends.  After over hearing a conversation between Dylan and the campaign manager, Callie learns the truth about Dylan's apparent interest in her. 

It is only after Callie and Dylan both come to terms with their fears that find they find their happily ever after.

While I have not yet been published, I have been a member for RWA for seven years.  I am also a member of Rhode Island Romance Writers.

I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sincerely,


Christina Tetreault

Thursday, November 3, 2011

You want to me what?




I strongly doubt if that I am the only one who has been having trouble since school started getting their kids out of bed.  Ever since Halloween when the kids were up late running around with their friends going house to house, and now knowing that Thanksgiving is around the corner, not to mention the anticipation of Christmas. Yes I know it is early, but even some stores are already pushing their advertisements. It is getting harder and harder to get the kids out of bed.

Personally I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that it is darker early in the morning and my kids have th light block curtians in their room.  I've resorted to leaving one or two of the curtains open at night.  They have five windows.  (Old Colonial- makes spring cleaning so much fun-NOT.) 

Anyway, I found this video a while ago and I thought I'd post it here for you enjoyment.







Doesn't it just make you smile to know every mom goes through the same thing?  Yeah, I thought so.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Torn

Okay so Halloween is out of they way and everyone is getting back into the swing of things.  As for myself, I've been very busy.  Along with getting ready for Halloween this past weekend I've gotten a good 2 hours worth of writing on my WIP. Yeah! Yes that is big for me.

I have also been doing a lot of reading, not critiques, or ssynopsis for Stand Out Synopsis, (although I wish I was), no, I've been reading for me.  I'm the type of person who HAS to have a book.  As soon as I get close to the end of one I'm at the book store hunting down another.  Funny thing is I write YA, but I haven't read a lot of YA books.  I know, shame on me. A few weeks ago I decided to change that so the last time I picked a book I decided it had to be YA. Well I've found one and I loved it.  The book is Fallen by Lauren Kate.  I'm almost finished with it so I went to the book store Sunday to pick up the next book Passion in the series only I had to order it (Boohoo).  So instead I pick up Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright (You know the one- It's a major motion picture now), I also picked up The Summer Garden by Paulina Simons.  I have read The Bronze Horseman and Alex & Tatitina and have been waiting almost a year for this last book to hit the US.

So now I'm in a dilemma. While I wait for Passion to come in from the book store, which book do I start?
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright or The Summer Garden by Paulina Simons which is really long?   Help me decide Which book would you pick up to read first?  And have you read Fallen by Lauren Kate?  What did you think?