- I really need to remember not to info-dump in my novel openings! I always do that when I'm trying to "intro" before the plot really kicks in.
- Precision and conciseness are important! I'm going to have to pay even more attention to my word choice and other small details while I'm editing.
- Queries are a perfect example of the odd balance between business and artistic elements in the career of a writer. You have to strike a good professional tone while also having the voice and enthusiasm needed to catch interest.
- There are a lot of really cool books that will undoubtedly be coming out soon, LOL.
- Thrillers/contemp are still strong for the moment, but of course, trends like to change.
- Focus on your character and on what's original in your shorty short Twitter pitches.
- Make your pitches direct, concise, and as full of character as possible.
- Also, getting rejected on live video still stings. But I didn't cry this time. Whoo!
- Fantasy with demons in it is not selling right now.
From the Live Chats
- It is a rare query that gets a request, and a rare request that gets a contract.
- Use your manners when submitting. Duh.
- Quote from agent Molly Ker Hawn regarding submissions: "...it's not just about what I like. It's about what I don't know that I like yet."
- Skills to develop as a writer: patience, detachment, resilience, a sense of humor, and politeness.
- On top of realistic, horror is a big genre for the moment--but not zombies. Thriller is on its way out. "Accessible" fantasy is also good. And of course, fiction full of diversity but where the diversity is not the central plot. They also currently prefer standalones to series.
- Stalking Ninja Agents will always be the highlight of WriteOnCon.
- Lots of people on a website make the website crash a lot!
- You can post more than one query on the forums and not be murdered for it.
- It's super exciting when a Ninja Agent replies to your query! Sometimes, they also offer you virtual sushi, which is cute even if you don't eat seafood.
Come back next time for our September humor post!
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