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An International Mess

Now that I’ve finished my second book, I’m thinking about new query letters. My problem is, which country should I focus on? I’m from America, and my first book was set in Nevada, so it was obvious that I approach American agents for that one. (I haven’t given up on it, by the way, just
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Whew!

Big relief when I finished the first draft of my new manuscript this weekend. I felt so light, I hadn’t realized there was a 20 tonne weight on my back until it was gone. My first book was not a fluke. I may be a long way from being published, and I still have lots
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Dust Storms and DVDs

I had organized ages ago to take yesterday off from work. I had some errands to run in the middle of the week and thought I’d celebrate spring in Sydney with a picnic. I have a favorite spot beneath a big tree next to the river, and it also happens to be in the middle
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Still Writing

I’m very proud that since I dedicated myself to writing [as opposed to a lifelong dabbling in the art] a little over a year ago, my enthusiasm hasn’t waned. I’m 200 pages into my new book, and so far it’s easier than the last one. Yet, I’m pushing myself to learn new techniques, try different
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True Blood

True Blood

This post is way off topic, but I’m currently obsessed with HBO’s True Blood and must talk about it somewhere. I fell in love with the show upon first watching, read the books in between seasons and came to adore Eric, so when they started building the Eric/Sookie/Bill triangle this year, I got embarrassingly excited.
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Hibernation

Hibernation

Winter is losing its grasp on Oz. I slept with the window open last night, ah fresh air! It also feels like I’m coming out of hibernation, recovering from writing my first book, related synopses, query letters etc. It has been anything but a restful sleep, however. I’ve been reading books on the first five
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Onward

Onward

There’s still lots of work to do to get my first manuscript in tip top shape with a dynamite query letter and synopsis to back it up. Nevertheless, I don’t want this writing thing to be a one off fluke, so I’ve started working on the next book. I figure it will help me get
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groan…

groan…

My query letter is horrible. I realized that shortly after sending it out to five agents. Why didn’t I see it before!? I took refuge in comforting cliches like ‘beautiful girl with a dangerous secret’–uggh!!! What was I–high? I don’t even drink so it can’t be that. Please, please can I do take backs? Oh
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Two good reviews and I can conquer the world!

Two good reviews and I can conquer the world!

Maz got back to us and I quote: “I think it’s pretty good! Forbidden lerv, attractive settings, strange planets, horror and thriller elements thrown into the mix. The characters are all believable and well written, and the story overall is great, lots of twists and turns to keep the reader interested… I think it’s a
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She said, ‘You’re a very good writer.’

She said, ‘You’re a very good writer.’

…And there was no ‘but’ after it! Yes, I heard back from Julie. We had a nice sit down lunch at a local cafe under an umbrella, which was good because it alternated between beautiful sunshine and bursts of chilly little raindrops. Fortunately, my mood wasn’t such a pendulum. I was worried I might get
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