Thursday, September 30, 2010

Started The Query Process

Sometimes authors are just so excited when they get the call from an agent that they just agree to the terms and don't truly understand what the relationship is going to be like. Writers, do your research before accepting. Take a little while and ask the agents authors how the like their agent.

Is an author crazy to turn down an agent? Nope. Not at all.

What if you don't feel like it's a good fit?
What if you didn't see she/he representing books like yours, yet they want to rep you?
What if they are not hands-on and that's what you wanted?
What if they are not easy to talk to?

So many things to think about and ask when interviewing agents. And yes, you must interview, just as they interview you. The arrangement is like a marriage and you must have the same goals in mind. At least that's how I feel.

So don't settle, find the perfect "fitting" agent. The only reason I'm talking about this is I've started the query process this week. So wish me luck. I didn't flood the market with queries, but I did send out a few.

Good luck to all you writers submitting,
Dawn Chartier

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sola Writers Meeting - 9-18-10

For information about the Sola's September writers meeting on Saturday please visit ---- Hope to see you there....

Dawn Chartier

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Missing In Action (not really)

So where have I been? Well the last few weeks I've been at my other part time job. Although, I was there full time instead. Our office manager had surgery and I needed to fill in. So, therefore I was missing in action.

Then I went to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Alabama for vacation. A much needed vacation. We normally do vacation during the summer, but because of my mom's injury and then passing away we put the vacation on hold. I almost put it on hold again because I wanted to attend Heather Graham's wonderful conference in New Orleans, but I knew the family needed a break. So we went to the beautiful Alabama beach. The water temperature was perfect. The beaches beautiful. The weather the best I've seen in a long time. With the exception of a few oil balls, and a few stains on our bathing suits it was worth it.

The condo we stayed at had this fun lazy river, a water slide for the kids and some adults. There were 40 of us sitting in our beach chairs which the umbrella guy made into this huge "U" shape gathering.

Now I'm back and I missed writing. I revised another chapter today and hope to knock out several more this week. With a new critique partner, things are looking up. She tells me like it is, and I'm so thankful for that.

Now that I'm refreshed from vacation the writing is flowing much better. And I'm working on a piece for the Southern Fried Gothic blog (once it's up and rolling), but I'm having trouble getting ghost facts from the locals, seems the new generation only remembers bits and pieces. Need to find some older folks and see what they remember. I can't wait to put this piece out. It's pretty scary. Just in time for Halloween.

Currently reading: Absolute Fear by Lisa Jackson (another story set in the New Orleans area).

Listening to: Dogs barking and workers in the yard. (no that is not a song title)

Happy reading,