Thursday, June 15, 2017


I’m querying again... 
Eh, eh, eh…and EH!!!
I’ve been getting emails for dating services...
Eh, eh, eh...and EH!!!
(Yes, I admit it. I checked out a few)
And then I got to thinking...
Querying is like trying to find a date...
That perfect match with all the right qualities.
Eliminating all the wrong, icky, or...
"Are you frickin'kidding me?" ones.
Whoa,wait a minute...
Ah HAH! I got it!
If I was queen in my very own universe...
I could do things my way...
I would juxtapose how querying works.
In my universe...
Agents would seek out authors and manuscripts at:
Find Your Perfect
Agents would put in what they’re looking for...
Genre, age categories, word count, author’s platorm...
And then...
Find Your Perfect
Would have bots or spiders perusing manuscripts...
And of course they'd edit and make corrections as they crawled...
And then...
Find Your Perfect
Would match up agents with all matching manuscripts:
And then...
We writers would get wonderful emails titled: 
“He winked at your query”
“She chose your query”
“These agents like what they see”
Wouldn’t that be perfect?
Querying would become a thing of the past...
There'd be publishing websites...
Where authors could see how getting traditionally published used to be...
Links would show actual query and rejection letters... 
Authors would leave comments like:
I can't believe agents actually expected authors to do all the hard work.
How did authors survive rejection letters?
Are you with me on this?


P.S. After working more hours (weeks) than I need to share...I have a query to be proud of thanks to my writer buds. And to be honest...I loved the journey

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


This post is part of the monthly blog hop/therapy session known as the Insecure Writers Support Group, founded by the one and only, Alex J. Cavanaugh. If you're a writer, insecure, or just supportive of writers—insecure or not—please join us. It happens the first Wednesday of each month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words will be appreciated.

This month’s question? Did you ever say, “I quit”? 
If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?
Quit writing?
But I have quit a manuscript.
But not for long because
It was painfully annoying
And the guilt was killing me.
Manuscript: Hey Em! Why are you putting me away?
I don’t want to be put into a file.
Me: It won’t be for long.
Manuscript: I don’t want to be forgotten like all those poems you’ve written and haven’t looked at again.
Me: I just lost passion for them. Got insecure. I promise
I’ll bring you out again.
A few months went by
Manuscript: Hey Em! Remember me?
Me: Oh hi, manuscript.
Manuscript: See! You did forget about me. Didn’t you ever wonder how I was doing? Didn’t you care that I might have felt abandoned? Lonely?
Me: Well now that  you mention it, yeah I did wonder.
Manuscript: Then take me out. Give me life again.
And I did. 
Because the guilt I felt for abandoning my manuscript. . .
Wasn't worth it. 
And actually I am in the process of working on the query for the manuscript to send to agents. . .
Yet again! Lord help me!!
What about you?
 Ever abandon a manuscript?
Did you feel guilty?