children's writer

Shameless Plug and New Contest

Apr 22, 2012
Hello guys. I took the plunge and uploaded the first four chapters of my new WIP, HOLD ME UNTO YOU, to Authonomy in hopes to get some more feedback on it. You can check it out here if you're interested.

In other news, I recently came across a contest that is being hosted by The Guardian and Hot Keys Books.

Here's what they have to say:

"The Guardian and Hot Key Books are launching a search for the next generation of writers of children’s fiction with the Guardian Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize.

We are looking for new young writers between the ages of 18 and 25, who write in either of two categories: for ages 9-12 or 13-19. Entrants should be unpublished talents new to the literary world that are passionate about writing for children. The winners, one for each age category, will be selected by a panel of judges who will consult with school children. Each winner will be given editorial support and the chance to be published by Hot Key Books."
You can find out more about this amazing contest here. I'm hoping it'll be open to writers worldwide. 

Embarrassing Query Mistakes

Apr 13, 2012
I admit it. I’m guilty of querying too soon, which we all know is one of the top reasons why a query is rejected. When I first began querying I was absolutely certain that my query was as perfect as it could be. Within a few days I’d sent out 12 or so queries all with the same mistakes, misspelling lent, and confusing than with then. How embarrassing. I even entered a few contests with these mistakes.

Thankfully, I eventually caught these errors with the help of my CP’s, but that still didn't make up for those queries that I sent out. The moral of the story is never query on a whim. Before you send that first query out be certain that it’s as polished as it can be. I think it helps to have more than one person have a look at it also because sometimes even your critique partner can miss things.

Now some agents are forgiving, and will overlook the simplest grammar or spelling error, but double checking will certainly keep those cringe worthy moments at bay. I did have a slight query flub just this week, but thank God it wasn't anything too bad. 

Have you made any query blunders?

Teaser Tuesday - After the Fight

Apr 10, 2012
Hey guys. I’m back today with a teaser from my newest project. I know I haven’t been posting as consistently as I used to, and that’s truthfully because I didn’t know what to post about. I've been lurking though, and there’s been a ton of great news recently. I just hope I can wiggle my way out of this blogging slump soon. 

Earlier in the story my MC witnessed a fight between two local men, and this is what happened afterwards. 


Thanks for reading.