Monthly Archives: June 2010

Querying

I’ve done it. I’ve started querying Passages.

Last week I completed my edits, read through the entire book as a paper copy and entered the last (for now!) changes into my chapters and combined them into one document. Then I printed the entire 369 page manuscript for another check.

Interesting note: Word won’t give me a word count. The doc starts tabulating somewhere in the 94 hundreds, gets to 99 and something and then blinks out, leaving that space blank. Finally I highlighted the entire doc and went under Tools to word count and came away with 112,196.

Now the waiting begins. Except there is no waiting for a writer; it’s back to work. I’m going to tweek another round of letters and I resumed writing Friday on a sequel to Meadow Magic–Fern’s story–called Conifer Curse.

Contests, again

I’m trying my luck at a few more contests. My chapter, the Maryland Romance Writers has extended their deadline to June 8th because of low entries. I entered Passages’ love scene in the Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest in the Alternative category.

Then I entered the first 33 pages and a 2 page synopsis in the Georgia Romance Writers Unpublished Maggies. I believe this contest is patterned on the RWA Golden Heart, with scores of 1 to 10. The deadline is June 5th.

Anyone else doing the summer contests?

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