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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pathway to Becoming a Bestselling Author

Now that the New Year is rapidly approaching, it’s a perfect time to discuss writing goals for 2011. What you want to accomplish next year may be dependent on where you are on the above pathway to becoming a bestselling novelist (or one with a loyal and growing fan base).

Newbie Writer

So you want to write a novel (or have already started one). Congratulations! The first thing you need to figure out is WHY you want to be a writer. Is it because you want to be the next Stephen King or J.K. Rowling? If so, quit now. You’re doing it for the wrong reasons. But if you want to be a writer because you hope to write stories that might one day be published and make a difference in someone’s life or entertain your readers, then welcome to the club. But before you join us, there’re some things you need to do:

  • Read Read Read in the genre you want to write. If you woke up this morning and decided to become a YA writer, then you’ve got a lot of homework ahead of you. Same deal if you want to write a medical thriller and have never read one before. Of course, in this case, you might want to consider attending medical school first (or law school if you want to write a legal thriller).
  • Read outside your genre. You might get some brilliant ideas for your story. Plus, you might discover a genre you never thought about writing before.
  • Study nonfiction books on writing.
  • Read blogs. A lot of writers are delighted to share their knowledge and writing tips in bite-sized pieces. This makes it easier for you to remember the pointers when writing and editing your novel.
  • Analyze the writing of your favorite authors and see how it can improve your writing.
  • Join a critique group or find some knowledgeable beta readers.
  • Learn to research. Most novels require research, even if it’s just to make sure your characters aren’t stereotypes.
  • Attend conferences. They’re a great learning and networking experience.

Querying Writer

You’ve written your novel and done numerous revisions based on feedback from your critique partners and beta readers. You’ve polished your novel until it shines, and have given it some much needed distance. Now you’re ready to query.
  • Learn how to write a query and how not to write one. Many queries are rejected because writers did those things that irritate agents and editors the most. Don’t be one of these writers.
  • Research agents. Don’t waste your time and theirs by querying the wrong agents.
  • Write a query and have it critted by your critique group and by people who don’t know the story. And don’t forget to make sure it has voice. If it doesn’t, the agent might think your novel lacks voice, too. (Hint: It needs to be in the same voice as in your novel. Believe it or not, this mistake does happen.)
  • If you’re just getting form rejections, go back and redo the previous three points.If agents are rejecting requested materials, figure out why. IF you’re lucky, they might give you a hint. For example, if an agent mentions the characterization wasn’t as strong as she would like, now’s the time to study some books on characterization.
  • Start working on a new project. I can’t stress this one enough.
  • Consider trying out a different genre. Maybe you aren’t cut out to write legal thrillers, but discover you can write a kickass romantic suspense.

Agented Writer
Congratulations, you’re getting closer to your goal of publication, but you’re not there yet. When you consider how many agents represent your genre and how many editors are looking for it, well, the odds aren’t great in your favor of your book being sold.
  • Keep reading books in and out of your genre.
  • Continue to develop your craft. Just because you’re agented, it doesn’t mean you can stop learning and challenging yourself to do better.
  • Start working on a new project so if your current book doesn’t sell, you’ll have something new for your agent.
  • If your manuscript is only collecting rejections, study the reasons behind them. Unlike agents, many editors do provide some feedback as to why they rejected the book. See this as an opportunity to improve that area of your writing (if that was the reason for the rejections), especially if they’re consistent. Remember, your goal is to be a professional one day (i.e. make money from your stories). And professionals (physicians, accountants, lawyers) are always learning. It never stops. Which brings me to the next point.

Published Author
Wow, you did it. You’ve made it to a place a lot of writers dream about. Of course, you still have a lot of work to do. You have to promote the book (which I’m not going to go into here) and write a new one. But just because yours is published doesn’t mean you can stop challenging yourself and pushing your writing to the next level. Keep studying those books on writing and attend conferences. Unless you’re an award winning author (I’m talking the major literary awards), you probably still have room to grow. Don’t be the foolish author who assumes he knows everything.

Bestselling Author
Okay, I know no bestselling authors are reading this, but hopefully you keep this advice in mind if you ever get to this point. Your fans might be forgiving, but that can only take you so far. If you start to ignore the rules, it might not necessarily work in your favor (though sometimes it can). How many of you have stopped reading books by your favorite author because the writing just isn’t there anymore? The writer has become lazy. Once your fans drop you, you have to work even harder to get them back—if you ever can. That’s why I consider the pathway to being a bestseller (or a much admired author) a two-way circle. It is possible to move backwards and not just forwards. Also, your first published novel might have been a bestseller, but it was mostly because of hype. Your next novel might not do as well if readers where disappointed with the last one.

Remember, no matter where you are on the pathway, you should never stop learning and challenging yourself to do better. Your readers will thank you for it. So where are you on the pathway, and what are you planning to do next year to help you meet your goal of being published (or keep being published)?
(Note: Because of the limitations of my graphics program, this graph is slightly misleading. Only under very rare instances could a newbie writer skip the querying step and go straight to being a bestselling author. And a writer’s first book might be a bestseller (i.e. they skipped the part about developing a fan base over a period of several books), but I couldn’t show that in my graph. Also, you might be published by a small pressed before landing an agent for your next book.)

Stina Lindenblatt writes romantic suspense and young adults novels. In her spare time, she’s a photographer and blogging addict, and can be found hanging out on her blog, Seeing Creative.  

Monday, December 27, 2010

Welcome Aboard

For the past several months, we've been posting articles by guest bloggers Danyelle Leafty, Stina Lindenblatt, and Jane Lebak, and I would like to thank them for the great job they've been doing. In fact, they've done so well that we think they deserve to be made official members of the QT Blog, with all the honors (huh?) and privileges (double huh?) which that entails. So please join me in welcoming them aboard and wishing them the best of luck.

Danyelle Leafty

Danyelle writes MG and YA fantasy. In her spare time, she collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers. She can be found discussing the art of turning one's characters into various animals, painting with words, and the best ways to avoid getting eaten by dragons on her blog. (

Stina Lindenblatt 

Stina Lindenblatt writes romantic suspense and young adults novels, and is a member of the SCBWI and RWA.

Although not athletically inclined (and was always picked last for teams), she pursued a physical education degree and then a Master’s of Science Degree in exercise physiology. Her experiences range from motivating elite athletes during fitness tests to working as a research assistant for the Alberta Cancer board to selling drugs (the ethical kind) to physicians. It was during her latter career that she discovered a taste for writing fiction—in the form of annual business plans. In her spare time, she’s a photographer and blogging addict, and can be found hanging out on her blog, Seeing Creative.  www.stinalindenblatt.com

Jane Lebak

Jane is the author of The Guardian (Thomas Nelson, 1994), Seven Archangels: Annihilation (Double-Edged Publishing, 2008) and The Boys Upstairs (this December from MuseItUp). At Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family, she blogs about what happens when a distracted daydreamer and a gamer geek attempt to raise four children. She is represented by Roseanne Wells of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Case for Villains

Courtesy of shlomaster
Throughout literature, villains get a bad rap. From the outset, they're the ones everyone's rooting for to fail. To fall. To be vanquished by the hero.

And yet, villains affect the story more than any other single character in the book--heroes included.

For starters, the villain sets the tone of the story. The Dark Lord of Mordor and Darth Vader aren't going to inspire giggles and chuckles. And while the characters may enjoy some laughs when these guys aren't around, when they are, everything is dead serious. (Of course, we never actually get to meet the Dark Lord of Mordor, but the fact remains that he wasn't someone you want to mess with.) Whereas if you have a suave, witheringly sarcastic villain like Lord Vetinari from the Disc World Series, humor will be allowed. Granted, the characters will still be pushed out the door that has no floor, but Vetinari doesn't inspire quite the same depth of dread and darkness as Sauron does. (And yes, he is one of my favorite characters in the Disc World Series, Granny Weatherwax being the other, and possibly considered a villain from the wizards' and anyone else who gets in her way's standpoint.)

Next, and connected with the above, the villain sets the stakes. The hero isn't the one that determines what will be lost if he or she doesn't come through, that's the villain's job. Think of Lord Voldemort (is anyone else noticing the pattern with bad guys using Lord in their title?) and what it would have meant if Harry hadn't managed to survive their first encounter, let alone beat him sixteen years later. Or if Prince Humperdink had managed to kill Westley all the way instead of just most of the way. On one hand, the fate of the world and the lives of the muggles are at risk. On the other, the life of the world's most beautiful girl (at the moment) is what's on the line. The stakes are determined by the villain working in opposition to the hero. Which brings us to our next point.

No villain=no conflict=no plot=no point. Have you ever read a story where there really wasn't much of a conflict? Where everyone's out in golden fields picking lollipops while cute little bunnies frolic and the world has complete and utter harmony because there is no one to oppose this state of utter bliss? Yeah, me neither. For a story to work well, I think it has to have conflict. Something has to compel the reader to keep turning the page. If nothing is working against the hero(ine) of the story, there is no story. Stories need plot and plot needs conflict. Now, this isn't to say that all villains are humans. Nope. Some are vampires, some are inner vices like envy and greed, others are society or governments, some are as simple as really harsh settings. Like Siberia. (Or high school.) But something, somewhere, needs to be working in opposition to the star of the show, and that something is the villain.

My last point is that the villain defines the hero. Think about it. As bad as the bad guy is, the hero(ine) has to be that much better in order to triumph in the end. Imagine the story as a set of scales. On one side you have a bar of lead, on the other, a bar of gold. It isn't enough for the story to have the two bars balancing each other, one must tip the other for the reader to feel a sense of pay off. Back to Harry Potter. If Harry and Voldemort had been equally matched, well, they would have spent the eternities slinging unforgivable curses at each other or attempting to steal each other's wands. It was his mother's love that gave Harry the edge he needed over Voldemort. It protected him the first time Voldemort tried to kill him, and it protected him every summer when he went to stay with the Dursleys. And why was love the answer? Because it wasn't something that Voldemort had ever understood. Indeed, Dumbledore told Harry that if Voldemort had understood love, he never would have become Voldemort in the first place. (Which would have led to the no villain=no conflict=no plot=no point.) In fact, Voldemort defines Harry as the hero in a very literal way. If Voldemort hadn't heard part of the prophesy, he wouldn't have put stock into the prophesy, which means he wouldn't have gone to the trouble of hunting Harry down in the first place, thus creating his own mortal enemy. (Lesson here: if you're in the business of being bad, make sure you not only hear the prophesy of the chosen one in its entirety, but make sure you also understand what it's really saying.)

So whether your villain dresses to the nines, cackles and is mustachioed, or maybe doesn't own a stitch of clothing that isn't black, take a moment to thank them. Because without them, there is no hero and there is no story. And remember: villains need love too. ;-)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Listen. Listen.

In exchange for tuition to get my MA in English, I tutored at the college's writing center. Tutoring is a bit like editing, and I discovered I loved it. Every day I'd show up for three hours. If no students came, I was free to work on my coursework or my own writing. When students showed up with papers, I would read their essays with them, point out mistakes in grammar or spelling, make sure they addressed the question, and suggest areas for improvement.

Over time, I picked up "regulars," and I got to know their quirks. One in particular was a young man battling dyslexia, and if I had no other students waiting, we would talk after his essay review. He had a difficult home life.

One afternoon he brought me the second version of an essay about "a vivid experience." He'd attended a sporting event locally, which I understood to be one of the rare ways he connected with his father. While there, the action on the field had gone terribly wrong, resulting in the death of one of the spectators. My student had seen it happen.

We went over his essay, taking care to read it aloud for sound, rearranging the paragraphs for impact ("You'll want to delay saying she died until afterward, to raise the tension") and experimenting with different words that better fit the description.

He said to me, "This is so tough."

I shrugged. "It is, but you have something important to say, and I want to make sure you know how to say it the best you possibly can. Like in this paragraph, where just by inserting a line of dialogue, you draw us into the story a little more."

I looked up and the kid was looking right at me, his mouth trembling, his eyes shining. Tears.

I stiffened. "What's wrong?"

He swallowed. "You really think I have something important to say?"

And there I sat with this college freshman, a guy who worked hard for every word he wrote and who could hardly talk to his family except about a sport that had left him traumatized, and I realized he'd made it through thirteen years of schooling without anyone telling him he had something worth saying.

Why do we teach people to write except that we think they have something important to say? Why was I the first person in this young man's entire life to make sure he knew his perspective was important?

You're writers: you want to tell your stories. For Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate, give yourself the gift of believing you have something important to say. Give your message the gift of saying it as well as you can. That's why you're reading blogs about getting published. Believe in yourself. In the end, the only reason writers persevere against the odds and the rejection and the critique and the blocks because we believe our stories are worth telling.

And then pass along the gift -- the gift of making sure those around you know they've got something worth saying -- because everyone has a story, whether they're writers or just human beings living their daily lives. Give the gift of listening, the gift of affirming, the gift of letting others know their voices should be heard.

Jane Lebak is the author of The Guardian (Thomas Nelson, 1994), Seven Archangels: Annihilation (Double-Edged Publishing, 2008) and The Boys Upstairs(this December from MuseItUp). At Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family, she blogs about what happens when a distracted daydreamer and a gamer geek attempt to raise four children. She is represented by Roseanne Wells of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Publishing Pulse: 12/17/2010

While I was supposed to be writing the Pulse, I was Stumble Upon-ing and I found Tweetaboogle.  Tweetaboogle searches Google...and Twitter tweets.  I didn't find most of the tweets to be especially relevant, but I suppose if you Googled something that was trending you might. Kind of fun, anyhow.  Do you use any interesting search tools, like StumbleUpon or Tweetaboogle?

On to the other good stuff 'round the web, specifically for writers!

QT Premium Membership Makes a Great Gift

Don't forget that you can ask for (or, okay, give) the gift of a premium membership at QueryTracker this holiday season!

New And Updated Agents

Brianne Mulligan with Movable Type is looking for MG and YA.

* Also be sure to double-check the QueryTracker listing for any agents you're submitting to over the holiday season -- some agents/agencies are closed until January!  (If you missed it, you may also want to read Mary Lindsey's recent QTB post on querying this time of the year.)

Around the Internet

The Yarn Harlot does a great job of what goes through a writer's mind on D-Day -- the day she submits her manuscript to her editor.

Over on Novel Journey, author James Scott Bell, who wrote The Art of War for Writers, asks When Should You Quit Writing? (Yes, this is safe to read.)

Another gem on Novel Journey: Tips for Surviving Bad Reviews.

Planning to use social  media to sell books?  Learn what not to do in Jane Friedman's When Social Media Fails to Sell Books.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD is thrilled that her first book THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO PSYCHOLOGY: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment, and Human Behavior is now available. Learn more at the WGTP website.  

Also be sure to stop by Dr. K's new blog over on Psychology Today, where she tackles things like how to write great villains, what to do when your personal issues keep showing up in your writing, and which cliche to avoid when your badass character lands in therapy.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Too Many Cooks - How Do You Handle Conflicting Critiques?

What do you do when you receive conflicting opinions on your manuscript from beta readers, critique partners, or even agents and editors?

The answer? Well, there is no finite answer. You simply have to follow your instinct. Lame, I know, but that’s all I’ve got.

I find revision ping-pong happens frequently in forums and large critique groups. Someone posts a first chapter or some pages. One person says something and then others jump on board based on that point and it becomes a suggestion frenzy. Sometimes comments regarding the same passage conflict and there are so many suggestions it’s impossible to know which one to take. Then, the writer ends up changing things that are working and adding things that don’t in order to please others.

The same can be true of agents’ suggestions. One told me the pace in my opening scene was too slow, another too fast and a third said it was okay but listed a billion other things. All wanted revisions. I had no idea what to make of it.

Subjectivity. That’s what I ended up making of it. Many aspects of publishing are subjective. Every reader is different. They bring to the table their own preferences and biases. Just as each writer does.

Where do you start when you have conflicting opinions?

First, as with all criticism, do not take it personally or you cannot objectively evaluate the input. Then, consider the source. How well do you know this person? What are his/her qualifications?

Some of my favorite beta readers are teens familiar with my genre. They are not writers at all, but they don’t critique my work; they simply give me overall impressions and pinpoint voice inaccuracies. My critique mates, on the other hand, are excellent writers who write different genres, but are familiar with mine. I like critique partners who are in a similar place career-wise or further ahead.

Still, even with skilled writers as crit partners and betas who are knee deep in my genre, I come across this conflicting suggestion problem. Who do I believe?

Me. That’s who.

I step back for a day or two, sometimes a week, and then read over the suggestions again. Often, that’s enough. The time away has let me sort out how I feel about it, divorcing my preferences and vision for the story from what others say. Most of the time when I come back over it, I clearly see why the suggestions were made and I am in accord with the changes because they fit my vision but make the project stronger. The time away also allows me to sort out the comments that are contrary to my goal. Remember that not all suggestions are good ones for your story.

So, I guess my advice is to consider what folks say, but don’t forget to take into account the most important opinion: that of the writer—you. Don’t let too many cooks spoil the broth.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Re-submissions and Re-querying: Yes or No?

You’ve sent in your query and, lo and behold, you’ve landed a partial or full request. First, congratulations! You’re now entitled to do a happy dance and celebrate with chocolate and wine (or whatever you do to celebrate). And now get ready for a long wait. But what should you do if another agent (editor, writer, etc) gives you feedback while the requested material is out, which results in substantial rewrites to your novel (or even just the first chapter)?
According to the Gate Keeper, resubmit it. For more insight into her wisdom and how to do this, check out her posts here and here.
What should you do if you’ve queried an agent with sample pages, but by the time they’ve request the partial or full, you’ve made substantial changes to those pages? According to Joanna Volpe (agent), you need to tell the agent this when you send in the requested material, even if you know the agent won’t be reading the manuscript for several months.
And finally, if an agent rejects your manuscript and provides constructive feedback but doesn’t ask you to resubmit, however, you do a complete overall based on the advice (new title, varied plot, voice, etc), can you re-query the agent with this book?
This really depends on the agent. For some, a ‘no’ means ‘no’. If they wanted to see it again, they would have asked you to resubmit after you’ve finished the revisions. For others, it doesn’t hurt to re-query them, and explain that you have made substantial changes (because chances are great they might still recognize it from before). More than likely, though, they’ll still say no, but it’s not the end of the world. Just keep querying it to agents you haven’t queried before.
Now if you only queried the agent, and they rejected the query and sample pages, you can certainly try re-querying them, but only if you’ve made substantial changes to your query, samples pages (for example, you deleted the old ones), and possibly even your title (because some agents keep record of that). And don’t try re-querying them so soon after the first attempt. Check out Jessica Faust’s and May Kole’s (agents) posts for their thoughts on the topic of re-querying and re-submissions.
These questions were based on ones recently sent to the Query Tracker Blog team. If you have any more questions, please leave them in the comments or email them to us.

Stina Lindenblatt writes contemporary and romantic suspense for young adults. In her spare time (LOL), she’s a photographer and blogging addict, and can be found hanging out on her blog, Seeing Creative.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Publishing Pulse, 12/10/10

It's been a huge week in publishing, so let's jump right into the big stuff.

Jumping into the ebook selling business, Google launches Google eBooks, with interesting results for some authors.

Also, Amazon gives authors access to their Bookscan numbers, although these numbers don't accurately reflect all sales (including ebook sales) and do not give numbers of books sold specifically on Amazon.com.

In less industry-changing news:

The LA Times and Galleycat pick up on the #whyIread hashtag introduced by Jason Ashlock on Twitter.

Rachelle Gardner talks about what turns her off in a writer's blog.

The NY Times talks about how romance is hot in the ebook market.

Over at Querytracker.net...

We've added three new agents to our database and updated listings for five others. Make sure your queries are up-to-date and check it out.

Literary quote of the week, from Alexander Pope:

Why do I write? What sin to me unknown
Dipt me in ink? My parents', or my own?

Have a great week!
Jane Lebak is the author of The Guardian (Thomas Nelson, 1994), Seven Archangels: Annihilation (Double-Edged Publishing, 2008) and The Boys Upstairs(this December from MuseItUp). At Seven Angels, Four Kids, One Family, she blogs about what happens when a distracted daydreamer and a gamer geek attempt to raise four children. She is represented by Roseanne Wells of the Marianne Strong Literary Agency.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

What Constitutes Publication and How Do I Know My Query's Been Read?

Courtesy of adamci
Two questions from the mailbag:

·         "How do you really know your email queries are getting looked at? And at what point do you say, okay, they are not interested? I can handle rejection, I even have patience. But, to just be left hanging, not even knowing if you are being looked at, is pretty unfair. I am wondering if maybe I should just snail mail to the agents who still accept queries that way. Any answer, advice?" 
      This is something, I think, that most queriers worry about. I know I do. How does a querier know that their query is being read? Well, the only way to be 100% sure that your query is read is to get either a rejection or a request. But what about those queries you've sent weeks or months ago and haven't heard back one way or the other? Those are the queries that haunt the edges of the querier's conscious mind--especially given that many agents are turning to no response=not interested. Did it end up getting eaten by the spam filter or get lost in cyberspace or was the agent really not interested? I don't know that there's really a way to know for sure, but there are some things you can do to increase the chances of your equery finding its way to the agent's inbox.

  • Put query in the subject line: Query: BOOK OF AWESOMENESS (This is a given, but make sure you spell query correctly.)
  • Do not send an attachment unless directed by the agent. If it makes it past the spam filter, most agents will delete it unread.
  • Make sure your query is in the language of the agent you're sending it to and that you've properly addressed them.
  • Follow the directions. And then double check just in case. When querying, it's very important to make sure you research the agent to make sure you've formatted everything correctly and sent everything they want to see at first.
Agent Jennifer Jackson blogs regularly about query mishaps she's dealt with--usually every week or two. You can find her blog here.

"If you publish your manuscript as an ebook and have friends/relatives buy copies online can you still query the book as unpublished?"

Please feel free to chime in here (and everywhere else), but I would have to say that if you've set up your manuscript as an ebook and have made sales on it, then no, you can't query this book as unpublished. It doesn't matter whether the book has made one sale or one thousand. For all intents and purposes, it's been published. I would definitely recommend being up front with the agent in the query, because agents who are seriously considering offering representation or requesting more material are going to do their research on you. And they will most likely find it. Better to be honest and upfront about it at the outset. It will save you many headaches later on.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Underline or Italics?

More questions from our Ask QTB Extravaganza!

What is the final word on indicating italics in a novel? Use underline or use italic font?

Use italic font.

To understand why we used to underline, you have to think about old typewriters. They had a limited number of letters and symbols available. Since italics requires a secondary font (i.e. each of the regular letters set at an angle), there just wasn't enough room. However, since underlining required the user to add just one character (the underline) under each letter he'd already typed, underlining was feasible.

Now that we've moved to computer files, it makes more sense to italicize, especially because the printer is working from your submitted file, not retyping (or otherwise recreating) your document from scratch.

The only place you should use underlines in a modern manuscript is to indicate where things should be underlined in a final typeset version.

And for the record, you should also submit all manuscripts in Times New Roman, not Courier.

There is a But here.  You knew there was, right?

Word is there are a few people out there in the publishing world that are still old-school.  They like things in Courier, with underlines.  I haven't met any, but rumor has it there are still a few around.

So how will you know?  By carefully reading their submission guidelines.  If they tell you to use Courier and underlines, use Courier and underlines.  If they don't specify, use Times New Roman and italics!

One last tip for your manuscript submission: Create a running header or footer that contains not just your name and the book or story title but also your contact information (an email address or phone number is plenty) in case pages get separated.  Because if the agent or editor doesn't know who you are or how to reach you, it doesn't matter how you formatted your manuscript.

Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD writes fantasy, scifi, and nonfiction. She loves helping writers "get their psych right" in their stories, and she's the author of THE WRITER'S GUIDE TO PSYCHOLOGY: How to Write Accurately About Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment, and Human Behavior is now available. Learn more about the book at the WGTP website or ask your own psychology and fiction question here.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Publishing Pulse: 12/03/2010

Around the Internet

Agent Rachelle Gardner discusses royalty rates, and while all the figures are hypothetical, they give a good idea of what to expect.

Writing a novel? Nathan Bransford takes a leaf out of Dante's book and describes The Nine Circles of Writing Hell.

And agent Mary Kole gives her insights on what makes a novel fall into the Young Adult or Middle Grade category. 


And we're excited to announce that fellow QT blogger Jane Lebak's book THE BOYS UPSTAIRS is coming out with MuseItUp Publishing.

In The Boys Upstairs, Father Jay Farrell is a priest who's begun housing homeless kids in the unused rectory. When his estranged brother, a cop, brings him three more kids a few nights before Christmas, their struggle to provide for these children brings them to confront the long-buried emotions that have them apart.

To celebrate, QT readers can get 25% off theirs from today until December 10th.

Use code 
QTPROMO2010 at checkout in the discount code box before going to Paypal

And the winner for the WGTP book giveaway is Cheri Williams. Carolyn will be contacting the winner directly in the next day or so to arrange for shipping.

And for all those that are still hoping to win a copy, stop by Carolyn's blog to check out another opportunity to win.

Have a great weekend!

Danyelle Leafty writes YA and MG fantasy. She collects dragons, talking frogs, and fairy godmothers in her spare time. Details of her writing exploits can be found at her blog.