How to Write a Query Letter that Makes Agents and Editors Swoon

Originally posted on Michael Cristiano:
This is a response to my earlier post called Why Your Query Letter is Making Agents and Editors Cringe. I’m so meta, right? Writing a query letter is an art, they say. What they really mean is that it’s really gosh-darn hard. It seems that everyone and their sister thinks they can…

Another 1,000 words

This morning I rose at 7:30 a.m. by 8:30 a.m. I had written 1,531 words. I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull off another 1,000 words because yesterday my character ran off crying because the man of her dreams wasn’t returning her love. Before going to bed, I thought about how she couldContinue reading “Another 1,000 words”

Snow Day and another 1,000 Words

I’m determined to finish my novel in another 60 days. If I can stay on track and keep writing 1,000 words a day, I’ll make that goal of a 90,000 word novel. After which the real fun of editing begins. I am looking forward to the editing phase of the novel because that will meanContinue reading “Snow Day and another 1,000 Words”

30,000 words and counting

Today, we had a snow day at work. Actually we were sent home early because of the bad weather. Since I had the afternoon off (work was called at noon today), I decided to write. Yesterday, I wrote over 1,000 words to 28,464. Today, I wrote to 30,120 words. I felt better about writing almostContinue reading “30,000 words and counting”

Writing at 2 a.m.

I’m up again writing–getting in those 1,000 words before the day actually begins. I’m digging through the snow bank of ideas looking for some gems. Some yes, others, no. It’s hard to write when the snow bank turns out to be dog piles of poo that I’m pushing from one end of the page toContinue reading “Writing at 2 a.m.”

Up Early or Down Late

Last night I found I couldn’t sleep. It was 3 a.m., which dragged into 3:45 a.m. before I finally decided to get up and try my hand at writing some more on the novel. I cranked out around 500 words in about 15 minutes (it helps when you have an outline and know which directionContinue reading “Up Early or Down Late”

Found It!

Someone else blogged about Write or Die the timed writing program online. I tried it. I liked it and found it helpful. At the top of the Write or Die page were other helpful writing websites such as: and Neither one of these are timed so no pressure to write. Too bad WriteContinue reading “Found It!”

Lost Word Writers Group

So it was me and the leader last night at the Lost Word Writers Group at Jackson District Library in Jackson Michigan. Even though it was just the two of us I felt it was productive. We did a writing exercise about first encounters which I felt good enough about to expand and submit toContinue reading “Lost Word Writers Group”