Page & Paragraph
Tammy Setzer Denton - Writer
RSS Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Test Post
2013 Reading List
Goodreads and Amazon Reviews of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Sort of Ivy League?
Discovering New Talent

Categories

Apology
Book Art
Book Favorites, Bookbinding
Books in General
Bride
Censorship
Conferences and Workshops
Contests & Websites
Everyday Writing
Favorite Places, Indie Book Stores
Fun Stuff
Holidays
ivy, ivy league, prune, edit, fiction, blog, wise old woman, neighbor
Marketing
NaNo, writing, blog, writers
new novels, works in progress, kidney failure, transplants, Transplant tourism, china
Newsworthy Notes
Once Upon a Time, Robert Carlyle, Rumplestiltskin, Mr. Gold, query letter, grant
Published
Queries, Tracking, Synopsis, The Business End of Writing
Recommended Reading
Recommended reading list
Reviews
Support
Test Driving my E-Reader
Website Changes
Words of Wisdom
Writing Forums, Q & A
Writing Groups, Critique Groups, Improving Writing Skills
powered by

Page & Paragraph

Queries, Tracking, Synopsis, The Business End of Writing

Is the Chaos Over Yet?

It's been a crazy, hectic, chaotic last four months, but it's finally starting to slow down. My son has regained the feeling in his nearly severed fingers, my daughter is married, a brother has recovered from open heart surgery, a brother-in-law is learning to carry on with a few less toes than before, and I'm enjoying my new teaching position.

With a little less on the horizon in regard to family events (although the majority of recent ones were not planned), I hope to spend more time on writing. In fact, I  wrote today! Six pages of a short story that may or may not even have a purpose other than to make me feel better about getting some creative writing done.

I've been doing a lot of writing over the last three or four months, but none of it has been creative. Between writing tests, creating activities, freelance jobs, reports, query letters, and synopses, I have a high word count, but none of it came from the heart (except for maybe creating learning activities-I did enjoy that!)

Last week, I sent out three query letters, researched the 2014 Missouri Writer's Conference which I plan to attend, and received notice that I had been shortlisted for the 2013 Small Axe Literary Competition. While I didn't win, I was in the running for a while. I consider it quite an honor to be in consideration. It's also a sign that my writing is getting better.

Another sign of improvement is that I was going through some old flash drives and found a few short story starts that sputters to a stop for one reason or another. Many of them, I didn't even remember. Yet, one stood apart from the others. In fact, I admired it so much that I figured I must have copied it from somewhere as a source of inspiration. The choice of wording was spot on, the verbs powerful, and the promise of an intriguing story lay in a few short paragraphs. Impressive. In fact, so impressive that I was certain it came from someone else!

In an effort not to plagiarize and a desire to find out more of the story behind this sampling of paragraphs, I googled it. Nothing. I binged it. Still nothing. I tried a few other search engines which returned zero results before it finally hit me. I did write these paragraphs. I did this.

I always thought it was better to impress someone else (preferably an agent or publisher) with my writing skills, but I have to say I think I might like impressing myself even better. Of course impressing myself doesn't mean I'm any closer to being traditionally published than I was a year or two or three ago, but I do think it means that I won't be ashamed of my work when publication does occur.

In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away, learning more about the craft, writing daily, and submitting.  You do the same.

Here's a few links to check out:





And last, but not least, one photo of the bride. You can forgive me later.





























;


The Query Process

A long overdue update:

My first novel, Man of the House, is currently being reviewed by three agents. Two have requested full manuscripts and one has requested a partial.

You can read an excerpt of this novel on my website. Please do. I'd love to hear from any readers. Give me feedback-good, bad or ugly-give it to me. I can take it.


Querying and Tracking, Oh My!

I've spent the day working on and tracking query letters. In addition to the creativity of writing fiction, there is also a business end of the spectrum. In order to get that novel published, it's necessary to find an agent and that means query letters, a synopsis, research, tracking, building a platform and the list goes on and on and on.

The more I do it, the better I get. Practice is essential in any endeavor if we want to improve.




Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint