Will We Be Embarrassed?

Just a few things to start the week…

Last week I entered our one sentence pitch in a contest over at Literary Agent, Rachelle Gardner’s blog.  We didn’t win or even get an honorable mention, but there is still a chance we could get ours critiqued.  So this morning we were joking on IM that any publicity is good publicity.  Right?  If we get ripped apart, we’ll let you know.

R. J. and I were also talking about our characters.  It’s kinda fun, like when you first meet someone new, only better.  I’m pretty set on Regina Todd’s character as a vampire because I have to provide a clear picture of her personality within the first 5-10 pages to introduce the story.  You’ll have to wait until June 30th to see.  But William Knox still suffers from Multiple Character Disorder.   Is that a literary or writing term?  For example, R.J. still has these questions on his mind and many more.

I’m debating a lot about his character. Is he young/old, idealistic or jaded, clear-minded or “not-sober”, self-assured or in a crisis of identity? Ugh. I can find good reasons for all of them, but which way do I go?

He may be blogging more about his struggle, so stay tuned.

Our weekly forum question over at Vamplit Writers asks who our vampire alter ego might be.  I’ll just mention that I picked Violet from Ultraviolet and R. J. is Otto Criek from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.  We are quite the odd pair.

Bootlegger spotting in a book over at Book Addict


3 thoughts on “Will We Be Embarrassed?”

  1. Don't feel too bad about the one sentence pitch. I've sold millions of novels under my pen name and never even had to come up with a pitch of any kind. I was lucky, though. Probably, I would suck at a pitch that's shorter than 90,000 words. Actually, that's a stretch. If you can't hook them in the first paragraph: it's over. I always go by the actual novel. It might not say anything about what's eventually going to happen by the novel's outcome, but it'll have action and grab you. If I were an agent, I would ask for the first paragraph of the novel. If I liked that, I would request the first chapter. If my socks were knocked off by now, I would ask for the middle and final chapters to make certain of the continuity. Then, bring on the whole thing! Think nobody does this? My probable publisher for my six novel series did just that. Unusual? Certainly. But then again, we horror writers have a flair for the unusual, don't we?

  2. LOL on the 90,000 word pitch!

    You bring up a good point about the 1st chapter. Lately I've picked up quite a few novels that didn't peak my interest at all in the first couple chapters. Angelology is a good example. The most existing thing to happen in the first chapter is a description of the identical black and white clothes in a nuns closet.

  3. No embarrassment for us. Critiques came out this morning and we weren't in the post. Oh well. We get nothing. 😉


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