A better book, a worse title

So, ok, the cozy mystery I wrote wasn’t bringing agents knocking at my door. Even my beta readers couldn’t finish it and they are relatives.
This book has a better premise – sort of The Village meets The Handmaids Tale. But the title could stand some work.
My cozy – The Body In The Trunk left readers wondering WTF from the start.
This new ms – Elegy for the Living, I think might put readers to sleep.

Ahh, back

I love my daughter and her partner. This weekend they found the hidden malware that was screwing up my computer – it took several hours.

Every time I’d try to blog, pop ups would, well, block my blog.

I’m baaack!

That said, I’m tickled to report that my writing buddy, Elissa Dickey, has gotten an offer of representation. It’s has renewed my writing energy.

Nano again

Because I am a glutton for punishment – or because I need a deadline I’ve become engaged to Nano again. 50,000 words in one month or 1,600 words a day.

Now, anyone who writes will tell you that some days, 1,600 words is easy. And other days it’s torture to put down a dozen words. It’s just how everything flows – or doesn’t.

So if you don’t get 1,600 on Monday, then you’ve got 32,000 to do on Tuesday.

And at the end of the month you say, “Never again.” But then you do. Because writing isn’t hard enough.

Slam, wars, mads

Been entering PitchSlams, PitchWars and PitchMads for more than a year now. What has become apparent to me ┬áis that agents are looking for new and refreshing. Sometimes you have 140 characters to convince them of this, sometimes only 35. But if your premise is not new and refreshing, no pitch can make it so. I’ve come to believe that my Cozy is not. However, my ms in progress is.

Writing is not hard. Good writing is hard.

Writing retreat

Thanks to my writing buddy, we are currently at a writing retreat in a comfy old coffee shop. Few distractions, and much co-motivating. Getting many words put down on paper. Happy Day.

Camp Nano

Joined a small group of other writers for Camp Nano – or, as we call ourselves – Dragon Camp. Revising an old manuscript about a woman who has to make life or death choices. When I told friends about the premise, they bugged me for the past year to finish it. Camp Nano is allowing (pushing) me to do this.

 

Summertime brain vaca

Summertime guests and travel make it hard to blog and to write. However, I did find time to enter a pitmad Twitter contest last Thursday and got three ‘likes’ from pub house editors. Am researching them now.