Monday, October 11, 2010


Thanks to the wonderful San Francisco Heart to Heart competition I now have an opportunity to submit my manuscript to an interested editor. Cue paralysing nerves.... must get the finishing touches done.

I've been reading Maria V. Snyder's Storm Glass and am very impressed. Something she's done well that i need to keep in mind is to create questions in my mind, ones i turn the page to find out. THAT's what I want to do for my reader.

But how to strike the right balance between keeping the reader wanting answers but not having them throw the book at the wall cos it doesn't make any sense?


  1. Good luck!!!!!!!! Submitting is ALWAYS the hardest part of the writing process (unfortunately it's also the most necessary part). I must read Storm Glass. I got a copy at the RWAustralia conference and totally forgot about it until this moment!!!!

  2. I totally know what you're talking about. I've read books where a lot of stuff is left a mystery and that's fine with me. I'm reading the book to find out what the secret is the mc knows but isn't telling. But when I try the same, readers (critters etc) get annoyed because they want the answers now. I wish I knew how to balance it.

    You know what? I have a 5 minute phone call with Joanna Volpe (agent) next week as part of my recent prize (along with a 10 page crit). I had a few questions already figured out, BUT I really want to know the answer to this one (if she has an answer). ;)

    If she has an answer, I'll be blogging about it next Wednesday. :)

  3. Amanda - that's where i got my copy!!

    Stina - thanks for dropping by. i can't wait to see what you come up with!!

  4. OMG can't believe I just found out your beautiful YA blog!!

    HUGE congrats on your full request! You know I'm rooting for ya!


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