So, aside from next month's Secret Agent Contest, pretty much all my behind-the-scenes hullabaloo is in preparation for ON THE BLOCK.
First things first. Submissions for the August Secret Agent contest are on MONDAY, AUGUST 8. Submission guidelines will post on MONDAY, AUGUST 1.
A reminder that YOU MAY ENTER BOTH. No worries.
*ON THE BLOCK UPDATE*
I've got 12 agents confirmed for this year's ON THE BLOCK auction. I will be posting the line-up in a couple weeks. STAY TUNED!
We will also having LURKING EDITORS, same as last year.
I'm adding a THIRD FEATURE, to be announced soon.
READ THIS TO LEARN WHAT ON THE BLOCK IS.
READ THIS FOR HELP ON CRAFTING YOUR LOGLINE.
If you missed Wednesday's post about the one most important thing you need to do to fix the dialogue in your novel, READ IT HERE.
As for me, I've come down off the high of having seen Peter Gabriel and Sting in Chicago last weekend. (I said that rather calmly; actually, it was INCREDIBLE.) Mr. A has had a harder time reintegrating this week, as he would have been happy to stay in Chicago indefinitely.
I'll confess--it was my first trip to Chicago! We walked 8 miles the first day, and I foolishly didn't have a water bottle with me. I (literally) staggered to a table at an outdoor restaurant, languishing by the moment while I waited for the server to bring a glass of water. (I tend to pass out easily, and I'm surprised--and grateful--that I didn't.)
Other than that, it was a fabulous getaway. I didn't bring my laptop--didn't write a single word for 2 days. And considering that I'm in the middle of drafting, that's pretty darn good.
As for the drafting--I'll be hitting 15,000 words today, so I'm on target. The euphoric honeymoon phase has passed (alas!), but I still love my story, and I'm ready to push through the first draft yucko-phase, as always.
So, hey. Will any of you who are also drafting right now sort of wave your arms and jump up and down a little? I find (and I'm sure you do, too) that there is certainly strength in numbers when it comes to drafting (and, for that matter, any aspect of writing). Let's tweet at each other...cheer for each other...poke and nudge each other when necessary.
And now I think I'm make myself a nice cup of (decaf) coffee with (grassfed) cream and a touch of vanilla.
Have a glorious weekend!