Popping In Again

And now I’m back!
In cyberspace!
I just logged in to find you here –

Okay, I’m stopping.

News! Well, I have a critique partner now. Exciting, no? We’re having fun going over her MG mystery and my MG fantasy (The Book of Foxes) one chapter at a time. Good stuff.

So, I have a Twitter account, but I find I basically don’t use it. As a Teen Services librarian, the impression I get is that teens don’t use Twitter a lot, either. I think it’s mostly adults, many of them doing grown-up things like reporting and commenting on news, organizing events, and so on. Not that teens don’t do those things – I just don’t see them doing them on Twitter much. How about you guys? Who do you think is using Twitter? Are you?

Also, this contest, for which you submit a 35-word pitch and the first 150 words of your finished novel, and agents pick their favorites, might interest some of you.

Drive-By Blogging

Hello all!

Just thought you should be alerted to a couple of things. One, a cool contest that could win your short story publication in an anthology put out by HarperTeen, and two, Figment, the writing site to which this contest alerted me. (If anyone’s curious, my entry in the anthology contest – a fantasy called “Foxhunt” that’s a bit of a departure from my usual style, but was fun to write – can be read here.)

And three, there exists a website that matches book covers to bathing suits. So that your swimsuit can match your beach read. It’s AT LEAST as awesome as it sounds.

In case you wonder about the tags: I refer you to my story on Figment. ;P

A Different Approach

This month, I have two unrelated special opportunities to submit a complete manuscript to a publisher. I just mailed Rabbit and Cougar to Karen Lotz of Candlewich Press (who generously offered to read the manuscripts of all the people whose pitches she missed at the James River Writers conference due to her being sick), and I will send Dragons Over London to a contest by Random House as soon as I’ve finished editing the last few chapters. This is especially exciting because because Dragons Over London, which I love but have hesitated to submit places because of its novella-category length, is just the right length to fit the requirements.

Both “submitting directly to publisher” and the “submitting full manuscript” are unusual to me. I’ve done each of them before in various situations, but most of my submissions are queries, sometimes with synopses and/or sample chapters, and most go to agents.

So that’s what I’m up to right now. I’ve also been doing some worldbuilding research, reading books about the Renaissance and the Elizabethan era. The more I read about that time, the more I realize that the average person’s life was quite similar to the life s/he might have led during the Middle Ages. Perhaps this is not *Jedi hands* the historical period of basis I was looking for.

Still, while you’re here, Interesting Renaissance Fact: in 1500, each of the three most populous cities in Europe had about 150,000 people. London, the largest city in England, had only 50,000.