Back when I first created this blog, it was meant to be a one-stop source for all things pertaining to Renegade. As my posts started to delve more into the writing craft itself versus book-specific content, it became apparent that changes needed to happen. I present my revitalized blog, The Writer’s Parlor. It better reflects what this blog is really about.
I have spent the past week or so giving Lifeline an editorial facelift. It’s minor maintenance at this stage: continuity error fixes, replacing, deleting and/or adding sentences as I see fit. I’ve also reduced the repetitive motions/expressions born from the NaNo fervor. Let’s face it: nobody constantly nods/sighs every time they speak. Those have been reserved for more specific scenarios. These kinds of errors are fine in a first draft. They should be gone or reworked by the time you’re ready to self-publish or submit for publication.
Which brings me to some of the resources I have come across in the past month or so. Twitter has been the go-to when it comes to tips, do’s and don’ts from published authors, both indie and traditional. I strongly urge you all to check out Rayne Hall’s Dark Fantasy Fiction page. Aside from offering books focusing on improving the craft (writing fight scenes, writing about magic, etc), she has a very active Twitter page. If you’re looking for someone to talk to in the field, she’s a great place to start. I also recommend visiting Helping Writers Become Authors. It’s run by author K.M. Weiland. She offers writing advice similar to Rayne Hall, and has a few books available for purchase. Signing up for the free e-newsletter will also net subscribers a free copy of Crafting Unforgettable Characters. I read through it, and it’s a great resource for those of us with troublesome characters. It’s a very interactive community as well. Good place to network, make friends, whatever. Just don’t bombard them with requests for reviews of your work. Editors are paid to do that.
Getting back to Lifeline: I still have plans to start querying potential agents when it’s done. I’m at the last part of the second act, which will open up the third and final act very nicely. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about what The Snowflake Method has taught me about this story. I’ve already got a hook and working synopsis that can be improved upon when it’s time to send queries. I can’t begin to tell you how eager I am to get this out there. Even if it gets rejected by dozens of agents, I’ll keep trying. The market seems ripe for mystery/thrillers. I hope to be counted among those already available.