• Em Shotwell

Fighting & Frenching...

Good Morning Dear Readers! See? I told you that I would be blogging on a semi-regular basis. Luckily, there has been a lot in the works for me to talk about. The thing I am currently most excited about (besides working on my Blackbird Novella…you guys…I hope you love it as much as I do!) is what is in store for RT convention next year! For those of you who don’t know, RT con is a HUGE romance reader/writers convention held in a different city every year. Last year Blackbird Summer debuted the same week as the convention—which was held in Vegas—and it was perfect! I hope that maybe I can somehow work that out again…but we shall see.

Why am I so excited THIS year? I just found out from my amazing editor, Heather McCorkle, that I will be joining her on a panel. It has the best name. Fighting & Frenching!

If you have read Blackbird Summer, then you know there is plenty of FIGHTING AND FRENCHING in my book…and I hope I did it justice. Fingers crossed that everything works out because I would love to be a part of a panel that discusses the finer points of crafting fight scenes (and make-out scenes). I will post links to the event, which will be held in Atlanta this year, and hopefully I will see some of you guys there. Another fun thing this week, is the kick-off for this year’s SonOfAPitch! This week—Sept 5-Sept 9—is peer critique week. (You can get more details and information etc. by clicking RIGHT HERE to visit Katie’s blog). Guys, my fingers are itching to get ahold of your queries! I was reading through them last night and messaged Katie to ask if I could critique, yet. She said nope. I have to follow the rules. :P

I will say this: a recurring theme that I have noticed, is cramming too much information into the query. Hook the query reader, leave them wanting more. Leave the unnecessary details and the resolution for the synopsis. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE query resource is Janet Reid’s query shark blog. You can visit it RIGHT HERE. Ms. Reid is a leading agent (and even teaches other agents how to properly agent) and she gives stellar query advice. If you don’t believe me, you can ask around social media and see who went on to get published or find an agent after using the query shark guidelines. If you want to do a little more work on your letter before the contest officially opens, I cannot say it enough, RUN DON’T WALK to the query shark blog! Other than that, there seems to be some truly talented authors with some amazing stories participating this year. It should be a lot of fun and at the very least, you should join in because you will meet the beginnings of a wonderful support system (and everyone writing and publishing needs one!). I have more to share—but will save it for another post. (My puppy is freaking out, waiting for his walk.) I hope this week treats you well. Oh- Stay tuned. I may or may not be posting the first page to the novella this month…

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