Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Giveaway Winner, Stacey Wallace Benefiel's New Book, and Changing up ROW80 Goals Again!

And the winner is...

Justine Dell's been on a blog tour to promote her new book and visited here last week! The winner of her giveaway on my blog is:


Congratulations!

Here's an interesting question:



How would you explain certain books to difficult parents?

Speaking of books, Stacey Wallace Benefiel has a new one out!


And if you're still querying, like me, Jo Bourne has - as usual - some great tips:

"'My story is about several main characters. Which one do I build my query letter around?'

I have answers for about anything.

An ensemble cast of four, heigh-ho

So let's say your story follows four characters' intertwined lives. You want to know which of these four stories to emphasize in your query letter.

The really short answer is -- Any of them.
Your query letter can approach the manuscript using any main character as your focal point.
I don't say you necessarily can talk about this manuscript mainly from the experience of the dog, but close.

If you have a strong instinct to cast the query using the story of LolaJo instead of Kindle, Edward, or Framis, then do so.
Nobody knows the story better than you.

I like the rest of her advice because it applies not just to query writing but overall editing:


Actually, speaking of querying (changing up ROW80 goals again!), I've made a momentous decision, thanks to help from fellow Forumites: I'm putting querying for Out of the Water on hold, and concentrating full-time on Druid's Moon. Then I might switch to typing up and editing Santiago and Magdalena's story. There are some basic reasons why Out of the Water isn't exactly working, mainly having to do with how long the story needs to be and how long it isn't right now - which makes the opening a little less emotional and character-connected than it could be. And of course the opening is what most people see...

Have you made any big writing decisions lately?

9 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Good luck with Druid's Moon then! And congratulations to Nutschell.
And from the comments, you might have a new career in making tiny scarves.

S.P. Bowers said...

Sorry about Out of the Water. I hope you figure out what it needs. Good luck on Druids Moon.

sharongerlach said...

The only big writing decision I've made recently is to not stop for good, which I almost did (although, if I had, I've no idea how I would have silenced the voices in my head). Maybe that counts as changing my ROW80 goal, too? ;-) Happy writing!

Linda G. said...

Jo is brilliant, isn't she? I think she should write a book about writing. But only if it doesn't take too much time away from her fiction, because I'd hate to wait too long for her next historical romance.

thesoundofonehandtyping said...

Straight ahead on Druid's Moon! Maybe not thinking about Out of the Water for a while is just what you need.

Lara said...

Good luck with Druid's Moon!

Gwen Gardner said...

Good luck with your querying, Deniz. Sometimes you just have to set something aside for awhile. I'm trying to figure out which of my two WIPs I want to put out next. I know which one I should put out, but I sort of want to release the other one first, lol!

Liz Fichera said...

Good luck with your querying, Deniz! You've got so many great stories. I think it's just a matter of finding the right agent/right fit. Keep at it!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks for coming by everyone! And for the moral support :-)

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Finding Fraser by kc dyer
  • The Christie Notebooks by John Curran
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • Journal of Inklings Studies
  • So Anyway... by John Cleese
  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King (loved My Pretty Pony)
  • What to Expect in Baby's First Year
  • Baby's First Year for Dummies
  • Beowulf and Sellic Spell by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • The War of the Ring - Book 8 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Mother Tongue -- The Story of the English Language by Bill Bryson
  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Absent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott (Agatha Christie)
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie
  • The Lord Fish by Walter de la Mare
  • The Going To Bed Book by S Boynton
  • The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • Subterranean Scalzi Super featuring To Sue the World (an original, very short Redshirts story available nowhere else) Muse of Fire Mallet of Loving Correction Lock In, Lost Chapters (available nowhere else) How I Proposed To My Wife: An Alien Sex Story An Election Judge Sn Goes Golfing Questions for a Soldier The Sagan Diary The Tale of the Wicked The God Engines You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop by John Scalzi
  • Emily Goes to Market by William Mayne
  • Many Moons by James Thurber, illustrated by Louis Slobodkin
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (reread)
  • Colours Are Nice (Little Golden Book)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo by Judy Blume
  • The Wars by Timothy Findley (reread)
  • The Captive Diary of Catherine Logan by Mary Pope Osborne (Dear America)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (reread)
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (reread)
  • The Poky Puppy (Little Golden Book) (abridged)
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (reread)
  • Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • secret beta read 2
  • Pre-Fix: A Ciel Halligan Short Story by Linda Grimes
  • Hidden by Catherine Mackenzie
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • Oh, Whistle, And I'll Come To You, My Lad by M. R. James (short story) (1904)
  • Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman (reread)
  • My Uncle Oswald by Roald Dahl
  • Usborne board books
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (so lovely)
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris by Paul Gallico
  • secret beta read!
  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend
  • HELP! Food Allergies Coming To Dinner by Kait Nolan
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • Two Caravans by Monica Lewycka
  • Aunt Sass by P. L. Travers
  • An Imperial Affliction by Peter Van Houten (actually a few pages of the story, written by John Green for the film of his novel The Fault In Our Stars)
  • January Brings the Snow by Sara Coleridge (poem)
  • Kissing song by Neil Gaiman (poem)
  • The Mother by Nettie Palmer (poem)
  • William Tell Told Again by P. G. Wodehouse
  • Her Ladyship's Companion by Joanna Bourne
  • The Long Way Home by Louise Penny
  • How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  • Mes P'tits Contes, legends of Swiss cantons
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html