nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (tea revives you)
Right before I woke up, I had an anxiety dream in which I was looking at the Amazon reviews for the ebook of The Falling Woman. The formatting wasn't entirely Amazonesque -- it looked more like AO3 or Dreamwidth -- but all of the reviews were disappointed and negative. I was desperately trying to figure out how to say to them, "It's just a first draft! I don't know how you got it! I'll take it down and make it better!"

I laugh now, but let me tell you, I flew out of bed when my alarm went off!
Music:: "Go Places," The New Pornographers
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (this hour when the tide is just turning)
posted by [personal profile] nightbird at 02:41pm on 23/10/2009 under
Oh now. This is going to be interesting to watch.
Revving yourself to the red line isn’t sustainable, but more important, it’s wrongheaded if the promotional campaign you have in place isn’t well-conceived. Your time, energy and money are precious commodities; how and where you spend them largely determines the fate of your work’s success.
Snaps also for an engaging voice in a totally not-fictional setting. I already want to hear more!
nightbird: Mucha illustration, young peasant holding scythe and grain (anything is likely.)
A Query Letter That Worked by Carrie Vaughn, author of werewolf radio talk show novel Kitty and the Midnight Hour and others

What I like about this post is it showcases an actual query letter and breaks down the moving parts, explaining the rationale and why such a simple piece is all that's necessary. Not that I'm anywhere close, but this seems like good advice.

(On a side note, I've heard of the Kitty Norville books and am mightily intrigued. Has anyone read them?)
Music:: "Doubletree," Jeffrey Foucault

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