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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Welcome New Readers!

With special thanks to the 203 of you who’ve jumped through the hoops to “follow”—and everybody who has left comments. I love you guys! Every new follower and comment helps me keep on keeping on in this ridiculously brutal business.

Also many thanks to Jane Friedman’s Writer’s Digest BlogAdventures in Children’s PublishingPublitariat, Sierra Godfrey, and so many others who have posted and tweeted links to this blog. Each one of those mentions brightens my week.

A slow, once-a-week blog takes longer to gather followers, but it has allowed me to work on my other writing, which includes a new novel I’ve just finished that I’m really excited about called THE GATSBY GAME.

Like most of my novels, it’s pretty literary—but also fast-paced and comic—so I have to find a way to camouflage it as something else. I’m trying women’s fiction, although it’s also a mystery. If there were a genre for “literary chick lit” that’s where I’d fit. Think Muriel Spark or Dorothy Parker.

Don’t do this. If you can write pure genre fiction that fits within a prescribed structure, or anything YA, or at least resist putting humor in anything with a literary theme (or be a Brit) you have about 1000 times better chance of selling your work than I do.

I’ve already had a partial requested and rejected by Nathan Bransford (in the space of a few hours) so I guess I’m officially on the query road once again. Bloodied but unbowed.


Tomorrow you’ll get to read the promised post from YA writer Janice Hardy on how to conduct a blog tour. Something we all need to learn. A must-read!

11 comments:

  1. Hugs!!!!


    And Congrats on the followers! I'm not surprised!

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  2. You have an impressive number of followers so congratulations!

    Writing genre-fiction is certainly easier but... at the same time, I couldn't do it. I'll just have to deal with the consequences. ;]

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  3. I think it's smart of you to go the mystery/women's fiction way. And congratulations on getting to the 200s--impressive!

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  4. Good luck Anne, it sounds like a great idea.
    Querying Nathan? I try to time it so the the flash back reject is slow.
    My daughter said we should put her details on my book so I should be able to loan you my identity, no problem. :)

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  5. It's our pleasure to link to you. You've got a great thing going here!

    M&M

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  6. Anne, just to let you know I posted you package on friday so hopefully you'll get it in. . . (god only knows with Irish post lol). let me know if you get it/ or don't (in like 2 weeks)

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  7. Thanks, Emily. I can't remember which book I chose, so this will be a surprise!

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  8. I think literary/commercial is a genre and I've seen many examples of it.

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  9. Congratulations on the new followers – you deserve loads of readers. Best of luck on querying the book!

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