As I await what I assume will be my first rejection letter from Writer’s House (I mean, I could get lucky but let’s be realistic here), I’ve been checking up on a lot of WordPress and other blogs about publishing. This is not to be confused with posts tagged with “Writing.” While I’m sure those sonnets about grilled cheeses are quite lovely – who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese? – I’m really interested in seeing what people have to stay particularly about actually turning their books into tangible products.
Querying is nerve-wracking. There’s really no way around that feeling, no matter how confident you are about the process. You spend months working on a book, spend what feels like an equal amount of time on a one-page summary, and then you send it out in the void hoping the second will lead to interest in the first.
Many authors have said that in order to write well, you must be well-read. As someone who spends far too much time sitting on the 405, I wonder what those writers were doing all day.
Still, the joy of becoming a writer is that you really have to involve yourself in all aspects of the industry if you want to take it seriously. Even as someone who was at one time on unemployment going “I should write a novel” with no knowledge of how the publishing industry works, I found myself suddenly engaging in an art form I had long forgotten.
I read a lot when I was younger. I was the nerd in class who loved and read To Kill a Mockingbird before it was ever assigned reading. Somewhere in high school and college, life and video games took over, and I went a long time without picking up many books. Now, sending out queries for my own novel, I’ve found a love of reading again thanks to involving myself in language.
We have a wonderful little bookstore in the San Fernando Valley called the Iliad Bookshop. It’s old and rustic, trading only used books and aided by two kittens, Zues and Apollo, watching over the shop. Since all of their inventory is really brought in by customers willing to sell their stock, the bookstore sometimes has its hot and cold spells. Lately, my luck’s been pretty good.
I managed to snag a copy of JK Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling for all of $7.50 and fell in love. It reignited why I loved her so much growing up while also opening a new genre. It’s incredibly charming and, while I could go on for ages, it’d be easier to just read my Goodreads review. In any case, I immediately went out and picked up the second book, The Silkworm, and enjoyed it even more than the first. Today, I lunged on a copy of Eden Lapucki’s California, also for $7.50. I will report back on it upon completion.
The point is that, had I never started writing, I probably would never have spent so much money on books lately. That is not necessarily a bad thing! I do find, going through edits on The Sky Thief now that these recent purchases have had a positive effect on how I view my work. They are encouragement to get better.
So, if you want to be a good writer, it certainly does not hurt to be well-read. Some authors just make that an easier task than others.
Well, friends, I know it has been some time since I wrote on this blog. I’ve been quite busy with my gaming news site, Acta Dinerda, as well as editing The Sky Thief with feedback from Beta Readers. However, it’s time to change all of that and get back to updating this blog again on a regular basis!
With most everything completed and the second novel in the works, I’ve finally come down to working on my query letter for agencies. For those who have wondered what The Sky Thief is all about, then this is your sneak peak! I’m fairly confident in this query, though it may get a few final tweaks before it goes out for real.
I can’t wait to share this story with you!
All legends are based on forgotten truths. When a downtrodden Midwestern girl joins a team relic hunters searching for mythical treasures, she ignites a war to save humanity.
Before she was kidnapped, Alexandra Stirling’s life had little future to speak of. Her parents were dead, her best friend was prepared to move hundreds of miles away, and her newspaper internship gave her little promise of reaching anything beyond small-town Missouri. The only bright spot in her life was her boyfriend, the handsome and caring Jackson.
When Jackson goes missing, pursued by relic hunters captained by a giant woman in dazzling blue armor, Alex is taken into a world where all of the myths and legends she read about as a child are tangible realties, a world Jackson had once been a part of. Aboard the flying ship, the Cloudkicker, she finds the escape she wanted all her life as they search for Pandora’s Box.
However, the raucous crew isn’t the only one in search of artifacts and ancient cities. Racing against a powerful international organization, Alex must aide her new friends in finding Pandora’s Box before calamity occurs with consequences reaching far beyond the realm hidden in plain sight.
The Sky Thief (word count) is a fantasy-adventure that takes readers on a globetrotting journey based on real mythologies and legends. It is my debut fiction novel after spending time as a photojournalist with approved stories on CNN and ActaDinerda. It is planned as a trilogy, with the second book already well underway.