“2012 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market” edited by Adria Haley (Writer’s Digest Books, 2011)

2012 Novel and Short Story Writer's Market
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In the 2012 version of Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market — the 31st Annual Edition — perhaps more so than ever, the key to the 600+ page book is its ease to navigate through it to help the user/reader get the information they need as quickly as possible.  It begins with a thorough contents listing and a “how to use this book” guide, along with the detailed index, finding that necessary publisher or magazine is a cinch.

This volume features articles divided into sections: “Craft & Technique” includes “Avoiding Cliches,” “Writing Authentic Dialogue,” and “Crafting Short Stories” to name a few; “Fiction Genres” on “Romantic Author Roundup,” with specific articles on authors like Julia Quinn, Lisa Gardner, Michael Swanwick and Ken J. Anderson; as well as “Managing Work” covering “Agent,” “Self-Publishing” and “Practical Tips for the Nighttime Novelist.”  The “Resources” section helps clue in every kind of writer on terms and organization, even with a special section for Canadian writers.  The editor has even included a whole section called “Writing Calendar,” featuring a page for each month of the year, as she talks about the importance of goals, and there’s a page for each month to help the writer hit his or her goals.

The layout of the publishers and magazines makes it quick and easy to find a contact email or website, which is crucial in this technological age.  This edition also includes a free one-year subscription to WritersMarket.com (www.writersmarket.com).  The volume has been thoroughly updated and made ready for the advent of the ebook and self-publishing revolutions, providing many necessary tools and references for today’s writer.  Whether you’re a novelist with plenty of books under your belt, or a first-time freelance writer looking to publish that first piece, 2012 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market is a simply must have book.

Originally written on December 30, 2011 ©Alex C. Telander.

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NIAA Progress Report #7

As I indicated in the previous Nothing is an Accident progress report, the manuscript is now as done as I believe it’s going to be, and I was moving onto the next step of beginning to submit the manuscript through a query, synopsis and sample to every agent I can find looking for mystery/thrillers.  And here’s the first update on how it’s going so far.

I have begun submitting to a number of agents, after making a tracking spreadsheet of all the details on various agents looking for mystery/thrillers.  So far I have had two rejections, which is good in that I received a reply in a short time, as opposed to waiting weeks and even months to get a response.

The great news I have also had from an agent is a response and request for the full manuscript.  The even bigger news about this was that it was to an agent in New York, and I sent off the request after 4PM eastern time, meaning the agent was already out at the office, so to speak, and received a response in just over an hour after sending out the submission.  And then the true icing on the cake was this awesome and exciting response from the agent:

“Wow, would love to see where your story is headed.  Please send us the manuscript.  I look forward to reading your manuscript.

Sent from my iPad”

It made my day, and week in fact.

And now that I have begun this long journey into submitting to agents, I’m reminded of the hurdles that both James Rollins and N. K. Jemisin made, which they talked about in their interviews, of hitting milestones with agents, and celebrating those milestones . . . also since we’re coming into the last couple of months of baseball season, right now it’s all about the stats.  So below you will find the scoreboard for August 25th for Nothing is an Accident:
NIAA Scoreboard