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Why I am Your Dream Client:(Info I can’t include in a query or bio)

A good query will pique an agent’s interest and hopefully prompt them to request more. A bio will give an agent a glimpse of who you are. The social media networks will allow an agent to get an even better grasp on a potential client, (what they look like, what family and friends say about them, what their interests are). Today’s post is meant to be fun yet informative. Currently, I have three partials out there swimming in the sea of possibility. I have decided to list ten reasons why I think I would be a dream client just in case one of those agents decides to check out my blog. What would you tell an agent about yourself if you could?

1. I LOVE constructive criticism. I am completely aware that I will never reach my full potential unless I am willing to listen to what others have to say. I do not view constructive criticism as an attack. If I had nothing more to learn, I would already have many published books under my belt. Note to other writers- Don’t respond immediately to constructive criticism. You are more apt to respond negatively within minutes than you are if you give yourself a few hours, even a few days.

2. I will never attack you via the internet. I won’t promise I will always agree with what you have to say but it is not my style to throw your name out into cyberspace to “get back” at you.

3. I am not trying to be the next J.K. Rowling, I am trying to be me. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t love to become as successful as a lot of today’s popular authors, I am saying I won’t try and ride on anyone else’s coattails. I want my work to be my own. I’d rather start a trend than follow one.

4. I am good at public speaking. Of course I get the jitters when standing in front of a group of people but the audience would never know.

5. I can get along with anyone. I think everyone has a story to tell. My motto is – look for the good within every person you meet and you might be surprised how your life changes. If you can’t find any good then you have a muse for evilness.

6. I will always give it one-hundred and ten percent. I want to be great at anything I do, not because I want to be better than anyone else, I just want to be the best of myself.

7. I have a fun sense of humor. Often, I connect with others based on sense of humor. I’d rather laugh at myself than at someone else.

8. I won’t pretend to know your job.

9. I have a trunk full of stories waiting to come to life. I don’t want to be a one trick pony.

10. I am LOYAL. I won’t look for every opportunity to get rid of you. If there was a problem I felt needed to be addressed, I would come to you first.

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Did You Say A Query Critique, Dove Chocolates and MOCKINGJAY?


Hey hey, my time has been limited lately and unfortunately my blog was the first thing to suffer. I am going to make a valiant effort to update it more frequently (even if it means I will be sleep typing).
I have an awesome contest to share with you and I think the prizes are fabulous. Amie Borst (A fellow writer and chocolate lover) is running a contest (but you have to hurry it ends today). She is looking for new followers to her revamped blog and to thank those who participate she is offering a query critique, dove chocolates and a copy of the widely anticipated MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins (If you have not read the first two books The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, I strongly urge you to run to your nearest library or book store for a copy). What do you have to do? Leave a comment and become a follower (there are several ways to earn points). I thought about telling nobody so I upped my chances of winning but then realized that just isn’t me. I’m a spread the love type of girl. Good Luck!

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Never Give Up

Even when they tell you no,
Even if you doubt you could,
Even if you tried and failed,
Believe, Hope, Trust you would.

If you believe you can’t. You won’t.
If you believe you can. You will!
It may take a while but keep reaching,
Learn a lesson then keep teaching.

Everyone dreams of something.
Nobody wants to be nothing.
Never give up and you will see,
Yourself become what you were meant to be.

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Interesting or no?

Little things mean so much. Today I woke to find an e-mail from Roz Morris. She is an awesome author with a fantastic blog –Nail Your Novel. She said there was a surprise for me over at her blog and instantly my day became cheerier. Who doesn’t love surprises?

She was given the Sugar Doll Blogger award which required her to list ten random facts about herself. The facts were fun and certainly interesting. She passed on the Sugar Doll Blogger award as well as the Sunshine award to me and eleven others. Now, it is my turn to list ten facts. I am looking to add new blogs to my list. Please feel free to comment and leave info so I can visit your blog. Anyone who comments receives a blog award.

Okay, so I will attempt to make myself sound interesting.

1. Eventually I will become a very famous author but until then I need a day job. I just got hired to be a…
*Lab technician
*Veterinarian’s Assistant
*Craps Dealer in a casino
*Circus Clown
One of these is correct. Which one do you think?

2. I have four children. My first child was named after a song. My second child was named after a book. I simply just loved the name for my third child. 4. My fourth child was born three weeks after my father died so she was named after him.

3. Public Speaking does not intimidate me. With having said that, I would let a stranger read my ms before someone close to me. (I get embarrassed when people I know read what I write)

4. I keep many journals but only four have been named. The names of my journals are Journey, Hope, Destiny and Karma.

5. I love bracelets and rings. The funkier the better.

6. I believe that I was born to be a writer. It is my calling.

7. Many of my dreams have come true in one way or another which is why I must keep a dream journal.

8. I collect angels. Every angel I have has been given to me and therefore represents the person who gave me it. If you would like to send me an angel feel free to do so. Just kidding, but really if you want to…

9. I don’t believe in coincidence. Everything happens for a reason.

10. I have a warped sense of humor. If you get my humor we will become fast friends. If you don’t get my humor chances are I will shy away from you.

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Re:Query


If you have queried via e-mail then you are familiar with the title of this post. I usually take a moment before opening these e-mails. My thoughts do a few things simultaneously. First they freeze. Second they bounce back and forth like a ball in a game of ping-pong. I go from thinking possibilities to expecting rejection. Third, my thoughts freeze again. In a millisecond my mood can change. I can go from blah to yee-haw or yee-haw to blah.
A writer learns quickly that waiting is part of the game. Waiting and then receiving a no is never fun but it’s necessary if you want to be able to relate to almost every other writer out there. Sure we hear about the so & so’s who got representation quicker than most of us can type, but they are few and far between.
If you click on that e-mail and the golden ticket awaits you on the other side, woo-hoo for you. If you click on that e-mail and the words read something like this – With much regrets…dust yourself off. Send another query to someone else and know that within waiting there is hope. Hope is what pushes us forward.
I want to know how you feel when you see that reply waiting to be opened.

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BUCKET LIST + CONTEST = FUN

 

I’m sure most of you have heard of a bucket list. The point of a bucket list is to write down things that you want to do before you die. It is said, that writing a bucket list helps motivate you to fulfill your dreams. My number one thing on my bucket list right now is having my middle-grade novel published but I have many more things I would like to accomplish.

From now until the New Year, I will be listing things via Twitter that I would like to do before I die. I invite everyone to join me. It will be fun to see what is on everyone else’s list. Whoever leaves a comment will be entered into a drawing for a small gift. I’m not sure what the gift will be but I promise to make it a well-thought out one. Tweet about this and you will be entered twice. What’s on your bucket list?

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