Friday, May 27, 2011

9 Best Articles This Week for Writers 5/27/11

HUGE congrats to my very first critique partner and cheerleader, the awesome Marsha Skrypuch for winning the North American Crystal Kite Award for her BRILLIANT novel STOLEN CHILD. And another HUGE congrats to J. A. Souder and Natalie Fischer for the 3-book deal.

Question of the week: How do  you know your manuscript is ready to query. Have an opinion? A related post? Please share it with us!


After the Sale
Book Reviews
Congrats
Contests
Craft
Critiquing
Inspiration
Issues
Just for Smiles
Self-Editing
Social Media
To Market
Other Weekly Round-Ups:
Did we miss anything? Anyone? Please leave a comment!

Happy reading and joyous writing,

Martina, Marissa and Clara

9 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the link. Over the course of the past few months and all these great posts - I'm earning my MFA. :)

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  2. Wow, huge congrats to Marsha, J.A., and Natalie. Amazing!

    Thanks for all these great links, and for the shout out. I appreciate what you guys do.

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  3. Awesome sauce over here! Thx ladies!!

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  4. Wonderful links here, I plan on getting to a lot of them this weekend. Great stuff!

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  5. Once again, I'm ready to jump in to all these fantastic links--thanks for all you do to bring them to us! Also, appreciate the mention :-)

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  6. Tough question about knowing when something is truly ready to query. As writers find out, even after a query is accepted, that is only the beginning of all the work to get a manuscript ready for eventual publication. I think these things help you know when it's ready:

    1. You can describe your novel in one line.

    2. Your critique group feels your novel is ready. (They could be wrong, but they are the next best thing you have to an agent or editor, and if they've been working at writing for awhile and are a good group, they are likely to be able to help you determine your readiness objectively.)

    3. If you are getting short notes or even a word rather than just form reject letters from agents and editors. This is huge, because it's a sign that you're on the right track, even if you're not totally there yet or haven't found the perfect rep./house for your book.

    4. You've educated yourself about the craft of writing by constantly reading tons of books in your genre, constantly reading books on the craft of writing, networking and learning at conferences, taking an active part in a good critique group, and writing consistently. You can't help but improve if you do this, and even though you may not feel ready, you'll be more ready than you were before you started.

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  7. great great collection here once again, ladies! You are remarkable.

    May I suggest you stop in - I'm having another epic Elevensie Debut giveaway of 6 different books. Something for everyone.

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  8. Hi Martina, Marissa, and Clara. As always, thanks so much for all the useful information.

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  9. And I am always so flattered when I see one of my posts listed among so many awesome links.

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