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The Juices Are Flowing Again

Okay, so this is a personal-type post. Many months ago I shared that I felt I was in a fog on my writing journey. For the time being at least, the fog has lifted. I’ve just finished polishing entires for a contest and then sending them off. They’re out of my hands.

Now it’s time to create. And I’ve got a few ideas competing for attention in my brain. Or, as writers will surely understand, the boys in the basement are sending up some good stuff. And the creative juices are flowing!

First, I am anxious to finish some proposals for my second novel. Then I will be sending that proposal to a few agents. No reason to be nervous there…right? [insert sound of dry heaves].

Then I have to decide which of the ideas careening in my cranium is going to be the one to turn into my next Work In Progress.

When you have more than one idea for a story, how do YOU decide which one to go with? I’d really appreciate hearing your reply to this.

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“Top 10 Bad Ways to Start a Proposal Letter”

One of the jobs of a writer is to craft and send out query and/or proposal letters. There are many wonderful resources available to help a writer do so with professional flair. Below is a list of a few ways NOT to start a query/proposal:

10:  “Have I got a deal for you! And if you’ll lower your commission to below 10%, I’ll let you represent me–at least for my first book.”

9:  “I was talking to my cat, Mr. Wiggles, and he told me I should let you be the first one to see this book.”

8:  “I wrote me this here book, see. It ain’t not like any book what’s been wroted before.”

7:  “I have to use a pen name because I’m being pursued by the FBI. For  a current “author’s photo”, you can see me in just about any post office. If you’re interested, tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree. I’ll be in touch.”

6:  “Hello, dear. I’m writing you because my thirty-five-year-old son–who is unemployed and lives in our basement–has written a book. He’s a decent writer when he’s sober.”

5:  “Hello. My name is Suede Beefcake…” (couldn’t resist 🙂  If you’ve read my posts, you know…) However, as a bonus, let me offer another number 5:  “UFOs are scary. I should know. I wrote this novel when I was held captive on one.”

4:  “Since I’m sure you’re going to want to be my agent, I’ve taken the liberty of signing you up for your choice of either a gift certificate for Kilts-R-Us, or a year’s subscription to the “Laxative Of The Month Club” as a token of my appreciation!

3.  “You seem like a nice person. I’ve been following you for a long time. But since you lock your car doors everyday, I’ve decided to email my book to you instead of leaving a copy on your driver’s seat.”

2.  “I’ve written a book in secret code. If you’re ready to represent me, I’ll send you the secret agent decoder ring.”

1: “I’ve tried everyone else on this list, so now I’m sending this book to you. You’ll probably hate it too.”

Just keep this list handy when you’re ready to send out a query letter or a proposal. Can you suggest any other bad beginnings?

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