To add to the fun, here's the winner of the Write A Bio For Authoress contest:
H. L. Dyer!
(When you're on a roll, you're on a roll...)
So Heather, pop me an email to let me know where you'd like me to send your free copy of AGENT: DEMYSTIFIED. And a big HOORAY to our two other finalists, as well.
What? You haven't picked up your copy of AGENT: DEMYSTIFIED yet?
Here's what readers are saying:
- After downloading your ebook, I have a new perspective on what an agent can and can't do, and I'll certainly be approaching one for help in moving my current 'beastie in progress' to the market.
- If you guys haven't gotten your copy yet, what are you waiting for? Whether you are querying yet, or just starting your first novel, this is easy to understand, entertaining (as Authoress always is), and should clear up so many misconceptions about agents and the whole process.
- Authoress has given you the tools, the lists (I so love lists), and the places to go so that you can too can find an agent, and then how to go about getting an agent that is right for you.
- If you have written, are writing, or even thinking about writing something, this is a tool that you NEED.
- Thanks for the awesome read. Hope it will help out in my search for an agent, heh.
- I'm a fan of Authoress' Agent: Demystified. I bought it hot off the virtual press, and I've never regretted the purchase. It's chock-full of helpful tips, and it's blessed with her sense of humor.
Finally, to drum up some more awesome discussion in our Friday Fricassee comment box: I've arrived! Well, not in the broadest sense. But I've learned, this week, how to sit down and write toward a goal until I've reached it. No waiting for the elusive muse, no wringing my hands at a blank monitor.
Just writing. Every day, until I've reached 1000 words.
For the last three days, I've done it. Whew! It's very hard for me to turn off my indomitable internal editor, but I've done it. And, ur, yesterday's session produced a lot of...um...
Well, maybe it's not that bad. But it does make me squirm a bit.
Still. My greatest joy is in the editing process, which is where the real magic happens. And, like a potter with an empty wheel, I need a lump of clay so I can get my hands messy. So I'm working on my lump of clay, in 1000 word increments.
At this rate, I'll complete an 80,000 word novel in 72 more days. Of course, that doesn't allow for weekends off. So let's say three months.
Think I can do it?
Think you can do it?
Talk to me! How do you write? What's your most productive approach? How hard is it for you to turn off your internal editor?
(I've been known to sit there in the middle of a first draft and click on Word's "synonym" option to find just the right word. Oh, yes.)
And...hold me accountable, will you? I'm writing to a self-imposed deadline for the first time, and I could use a little help.
Yes, it's the YA dystopian.
Share your thoughts, your goals, the methods to your collective madness! And I'll see you bright and early on Monday when our Secret Agent is unveiled.
(Afterthought: Blogger's spellchecker thinks "dystopian" should be "dustpan".)