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Friday, December 16, 2011

Publishing Pulse for December 16, 2011

Query Tracker Contest

Get your pitches ready… Agent Natalie Fischer Lakosil from the Bradford Literary Agency will be judging our next contest, which opens January 30, 2012. She'll look at the first hundred words and a one-sentence logline for children's lit, romance, and upmarket women's fiction manuscripts. Find details about specific genres as well as the contest guidelines here and get to work on your perfecting your pitch.

Unsure how to write that killer logline? We can help.

Around the Internet

Agent Natalie also offers advice on how to survive waiting. (Turns out agents play the waiting game, too!) Perhaps you'll find something there to inspire you through the end-of-year publishing "slowdown".

Discouraged that the overall querying process (or the submission process or the editorial process) is taking forever? Kameron Hurley of The Night Bazaar discusses 10 things she learned about the publishing biz the year her first novel was published. It offers a little perspective on the long, long road to publication.

Chuck Sambuchino stopped by Rachelle Gardner's blog to talk about the truth about book publicity--and it involves a lot of hit-and-miss.

Even if you didn't participate in this year's NaNoWriMo event, you'll find some valuable tips about revising your new manuscript on their site.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who resides in the heart of the Pennsylvania coal region, where she keeps the book jacket for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" in a frame over her desk. Visit the Spec Fic Chick website at www.ashkrafton.com for updates on the release of her debut novel, Bleeding Hearts: Book One of the Demimonde, forthcoming in March 2012 through Pink Narcissus Press.

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