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WISG #4 – The Waiting Game

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I’m waiting.

Rejection is surely coming, but each day I wait I keep thinking no news is good news. I do a little happy dance because I’m still in the running. Yes, I’m keeping positive and I’m not sure why.

Oh, I know. My story is probably sitting in the slush pile all the while the acquisition editor or their assistant is pushing it aside and looking at a title that is slightly more catchy title than mine. Or I have one advocate that is battling with the rest to have it included in the upcoming anthology. Maybe, they want to look at some more, because something better might come along.

This is one of those times when I live up to my name — emaginette. I’m imagining every possibility. Running through so many scenarios that I’m making myself laugh, pushing the thoughts away, and working on another story.

So every morning I’m feeling pretty good after checking my email. But I doubt I’ll get three acceptances that would be too much. So I keep expecting my rejections. Much more realistic. I’m so grounded right now I even wonder if it will bother me.

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And one came not long after drafting this post. I expected to hurt a bit more than I do. This rejection came from Tor.com. I went for the brass ring with this one and I think that’s why I still fee pretty good about things. All they said was:

Thank you so much for submitting to Tor.com. Unfortunately, “Minor Error” is not quite right for us. I wish you the best of luck placing it elsewhere.

 

Sweet and to the point, I wish all my rejections were like this. I hope you’ve had a good month too. 🙂

IWSG #1 – Dealing with Insecurity

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It comes in waves of harsh reality. I can’t do this and it doesn’t matter if it is in my blood or if I’ve written everyday for most of my life. It doesn’t mater that I spend hours imagining stories that entertained me. It doesn’t matter that I’ve learned how to write them down and share what I’ve learned with whomever wished to learn.

In between the waves I submit, letting the tide take me where it will.

Am I scared? Oh yes, but when something runs deeply it’s hard to keep it to yourself. It is harder to turn your back on it. I’m not saying I’m a great writer. I wish I was, but I do understand something about the greats of the human race. They all had this drive, and they kept going until their vision changed the world. I’m not arrogant enough to think I’ll be doing this, but I’ll be reaching for it.

It scares me like nothing else in my life has — the brass ring, the open window, the big chance. It’s there and I can see it beyond my fingertips. I’m not alone. So many hands, and so many chances, yet we stand together like an army trying for greatness. And I wonder which of us will find it.

There is no doubt that some of us will.

I don’t care who makes it. To be a part of such a community is pleasure enough. I love the creativity, excitement, and will until the day I die.

Being an insecure writer is who I am and until the last few years I kept it to myself. With the internet I’ve discovered I’m not alone. Many of us bob along between the waves of bravery and terror.

If you are part of this, be excited, be afraid and love every moment of it. You’re alive and doing something truly remarkable. I face my fears, as you do, and every time I submit I jump in over my head, wondering what will happen next.

Now that I have found you, hold my hand and let’s jump together.

 

 

 

Emaginette, I’m an Author I

J. Taylor Publishing Signs Seven Authors To One More Day, A YA Anthology To Release December 2, 2013

Six authors to be featured with L.S. Murphy in Young Adult Anthology, One More Day, from J. Taylor Publishing.

Apex, NC – March 27, 2013 – On December 2, 2013, J. Taylor Publishing will release One More Day, an anthology of seven short stories written for young adults, with a world’s end theme.

The anthology’s theme, centered around what would happen if ‘tomorrow’ didn’t happen, produced dozens of entries with seven stories selected. “We asked authors to think on a prompt, particularly what happens as characters feel the stop, feel the shift, as they realize, only they know how to make everything go back to normal,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

With a singular theme, one might expect all stories to be “the same”, but in One More Day, the challenge to create something completely unique was met by all authors. From contemporary to paranormal, fantasy to comedy and mixes of multiple genres, each of the seven stories represents the author’s interpretation and method of ensuring the world doesn’t end—somehow, someway.

About One More Day
The anthology will open with Anna Simpson’s Time Piece, a contemporary romance centering on a girl’s first kiss. Transitioning to a darker sci-fi, paranormal will be Marissa Halvorson’s Dark Rose. The anthology will then move into a more whimsical, twist-filled story, Dragon Flight by J. Keller Ford, perfect for those on the roller coaster ride of love. Anchoring the center is L.S. Murphy’s The 13th Month, a ready-made fight to the end. Following comes a different take on an old fairy tale with Kimberly Kay’s Sleepless Beauty, and afterward, Erika Beebe’s Stage Fright, which is exactly how it sounds. Rounding out the anthology is Danielle E. Shipley’s A Morrow More, concluding with a bit of humor intertwined with fantasy.

“In choosing the stories, we looked for diversity, unique, intriguing stories and solid writing. In our six additional authors, we found a wonderful collection to add to L.S. Murphy, who’s debut Young Adult novel Reaper, released in January 2013,” says J. Taylor Publishing.

About Anna Simpson
Anna Simpson, mother of Bossman, enjoys living the good life near the US-Canadian border, in beautiful British Columbia. You will have better luck Googling Emaginette than her given name. Anna chose a web persona that would standout; so far it’s one of a kind.

About Marissa Halvorson
Marissa’s dream of writing came about when she was ten, after reading a particularly inspiring story of dragons and elves. She instantly fell in love with the fantasy genre, and characters soon began to manifest to satisfy her adoration. It started with a forty page handwritten novel, which she dubbed “Dragon Girl” and continued on to more challenging (and better written) works.

Now, Marissa can often be found to be studying literature in English class, curled up at home with one book or another, or with her eyes glued to the computer screen as her newest set of characters manifest.

About J. Keller Ford
J. Keller Ford is a quirky mother of four, grand-mother and scribbler of young adult fantasy tales. She has an insatiable appetite for magic, dragons, knights and faeries, and weaves at least one into every story she conceives. Her muse is a cranky old meadow gnome that follows her everywhere she goes and talks incessantly, feeding her ideas for stories 24/7.

When she’s not writing or blogging, the former Corporate Paralegal enjoys listening to smooth jazz, collecting seashells, swimming, bowling, riding roller coasters and reading. Jenny lives minutes from the beaches of the west coast of Florida with her husband of twenty years, her two sons and a pair of wacky cats and three silly dogs. The pets have trained her well.

About L.S. Murphy
L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for young adults and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to her menagerie of pets as well as her daughter and husband.

About Kimberly Kay
When Kimberly was younger, she was incredibly timid. She didn’t talk much because she was afraid of what others would think of her. Instead, she expressed herself through drawing. Eventually, art alone wasn’t enough. There were some things she couldn’t express with pencils, so she began talking, and when she did, she realized she had something to say. Now no one can get her to shut up! Worse, she’s discovered she can put those words into writing to share what she has to say with even more people.

Kimberly writes short stories and novels—usually fantasy fairytale retellings. Scattered within her works are things she loves: horses, fencing, archery, and so much more. With her friends, she writes fun fan-fiction that expands her creativity, (and shows what a nerd she is).

Through writing, she has found confidence and freedom.

About Erika Beebe
Inspired by her first grade teacher’s belief in her imagination from the first story she ever wrote, Erika has been a storyteller ever since. A dreamer and an experiencer, she envisions the possibilities in life and writes to bring hope when sometimes the moment doesn’t always feel that way.

Working in the field of public relations and communications for more than ten years, she has always been involved with writing, editing, and engaging others in public speaking.

Her two young children help keep her creativity alive and the feeling of play in the forefront of her mind.

About Danielle E. Shipley
Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

The cover for One More Day, and short summaries for each story, will release on May 13, 2013.

About the Publisher
J. Taylor Publishing is an Independent Publisher who, thanks to the Internet, has a worldwide reach. Our debut authors are in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The company produces print and electronic books. For more information about J. Taylor Publishing, please visit: J. Taylor Publishing

Loglines

Are defined as one sentence that captures the gist and passion of the story the writer is presenting as sellable copy.

So writers need to have them ready whenever they pitch their work. Just like query letters and synopses, they are at their fingertips.

Loglines Must Include:

  • Protagonist’s character traits and protagonist’s goal
  • Antagonist’s character traits and resulting conflict
  • Setup—genre, setting, & tone
  • Consequences of failure

Loglines Must Exclude:

  • Names—use descriptive adjectives (character traits) for each character instead.
  • Run-on sentences—to avoid leaving the editor/agent thinking the whole project reads as the example before them.
  • Passive verbs—hooking the reader’s attention is critical.

How is it done?

Put all the above together and you get something like this:

After a disillusioned divorcee moves back to her hometown, she discovers her first love is engaged to her high-school rival; she must save him before the doomed couple set a wedding date.

It’s not perfect, probably too long, but I’ll work on it. What I would like you to notice is that I hinted at a quirky modern romance without outright stating it.

When to write it?

Some authors write a general premise or logline first because it helps keep them focused on what the story is about. A few even post it somewhere in their writing area to avoid excess editing after they’re done.

Why write a log-line?

Unless writing is only a hobby, you’ll want to sell your work. When pitching your story, it is easier if you have a logline readily available. Raindance.org says it this way:

“. . . Don’t tell the story, sell the story.”

Well, I satisfied my curiosity about loglines and shared what I srping flowers for emaginette, boquet image for emaginette, emaginette's flowersdiscovered. I hope it helps. If I’ve made an error or if you would like adding to the post please feel free to comment.

I’m always glad to hear from you.