I attended the Missouri Writers’ Guild Conference this weekend. To all you serious writers out there, I cannot stress this enough: attend conferences! The opportunities to network with other writers, agents, and editors are unprecedented. At most conferences you get to pitch your book idea to said agents and editors. And you may just make some fun friends amongst the other writers. I did. 🙂
The result of the weekend was three chances to pitch FLYNN, which I did with a minimal amount of word-stumbling and awkward silences. But I also learned a lot about organizations which my fellow writers might be interested to join:
Missouri Writers’ Guild This writers’ guild is open to anyone, of course, but locals of Missouri and especially St. Louis will find it most helpful. Their various chapters are home to many critique groups you can join.
Mystery Writers of America According to their web site, “MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction.” If you fall under any of these categories, check them out.
Sisters In Crime Women interested in writing mystery should definitely investigate this nation-wide group. They offer support and resources. And let’s face it, when you’re writing a mystery which is going to involve lots of things you have little experience with (police procedures, murder weapons, rare poisons, etc.) you need all the resources you can get!
So now I continue work on the sequel to FLYNN, and wait to hear back from those I pitched to.
Hey, just learned about a wonderful contest but hurry, it ends tonight!
The winning entry receives the chance to send a 40-page partial submission to agent Suzie Townsend, who will also critique those pages.
Suzie is a junior agent with Peter Rubie’s agency Fine Print Literary Management. The title “junior agent” means Suzie is actively building her client list!! And for my fellow fantasy writers, she is interested in repping fantasy!
To enter the contest, go here. To see more about Fine Print Literary Management, go here.
Oh yeah, and there’s also some books being given away and stuff. But we’re entering because of Suzie, right? 🙂
Looks like I am the contest girl lately. I’m entering Flynn into all sorts of things, and my latest venture is something that you guys might want to check out too.
Remember Guide to Literary Agents blog? The blog which I consider my MVP as far as agent-snagging resources go? They are hosting a contest in which you can submit the first 150-200 pages of your manuscript. First, second and third place winners receive a critique of their first few pages by Jennifer Laughran, an agent with Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Andrea Brown is one of the agencies for quality YA fiction right now.
The contest only runs through Feb. 21, so hurry!
In other news, I’m still working my way through the second in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. Parts of the mystery seem a bit thin to me, but it’s a good yarn. I’m interested to see what happens, and how this will lead into a third book.
My new posting schedule at SM Blooding and Crew has begun! Visit them to see this week’s post on how I go about finding the right agents to query for my work.