Oops, I’m a little late in posting this, but my days have just been so crazy lately! September was a good month for me from a writing perspective, and I’m feeling pretty darn good about myself. My pitch session at the RMFW writers conference was a success, resulting in a request for pages. I’ve also received a full manuscript request for The Price of Tomorrow from one of the queries I sent out at the beginning of the month. One of my short stories has passed the first round of judging in the Writers of the Future contest and is now in the semi-finalist phase. I also received revision notes for A Drop of Magic from my editor and started work on her recommendations to make my story even better.
Whew! With all this querying and editing, I haven’t gotten much of a start on my third Magicsmith book, but I should be wrapping up my revisions soon and then it’s full steam ahead!
Magicsmith Book 1: A Drop of Magic- Yep, I had to put this one back on my current project list because I got the revision notes back from my editor and this is what I’ve spent most of the month working on.
Magicsmith Book 2: Courting Darkness- This book is on hold until I finish the revisions of book one, since there are some adjustments that will carry through the series.
The Price of Tomorrow – My pitch at the RMFW conference was successful, meaning the agent requested the first twenty pages of my manuscript. Since then, I have also sent out queries to about eight different agents and one has requested the full manuscript for consideration.
Magicsmith Book 3: Fairy Forged- As with book two, I’ve put this on hold until my current tweaks to book one are finalized.
Short Stories- I don’t usually include news about my short stories in these updates, but I’m excited to report that one of my stories, titled Where Flowers Bloom in Winter, has passed the preliminary judging for the Writers of the Future contest. Yay me! That means it will be either a semi-finalist, finalist, or winner. Fingers crossed. 🙂
WORDS WRITTEN AND/OR EDITED THIS MONTH
The most interesting thing I learned this month:
If a dead body is unclaimed, either because next of kin cannot be found of refuses to take responsibility for the body, the deceased is offered first to medical schools for scientific use. If the body is unfit for such use, it will go to a subsidized funeral home or crematorium for disposal.
Not a lot of reviews this month, mostly because I didn’t have a lot of time for reading between the conference, editing, querying, and the usual responsibilities of life and raising a six-year-old.
ON THE HORIZON
Currently on my TBR shelf:
- Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak
- Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
- Masques by Patricia Briggs
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I’m nearly done with the revisions on A Drop of Magic, so that will be my first priority in October. After that I will have to decide between doing a round of editing on Courting Darkness or working on the first draft of Fairy Forged. I’m also eager to hear back from my various queries for The Price of Tomorrow.
I’m looking forward to a family trip to the Mind-bender Mansion exhibit at the science museum this coming weekend and, of course, Halloween at the end of the month. My daughter is going to dress up as Hermione Granger for trick-or-treating, so that should be fun. I’m thinking I might be Prof. McGonagall to match her. 😀
Until next time, cheers!