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A Drop in an Endless Sea of Writers


Hello all,

It's time for the February segment of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh.   

As many of you may know, I had partials out to two agents last month. Well, I finally received responses from them. The first one said she loved the fast paced opening, but thought the second chapter was too slow.  The next agent hated the fast paced opening.  With two conflicting expert opinions before me, I wasn't sure how to proceed next.

Luckily,  I happened upon an Agent One-On-One Boot Camp hosted by Writers Digest. I won't bore you with too many details, but basically the participants were required to attend an online workshop hosted by three literary agents. Afterward, the author submitted their queries and the first ten pages of their manuscripts for critique to an assigned agent.

Overall, I was very pleased with the feedback I received. The agent agreed that the second chapter was too slow and offered suggestions about how to fix it.  She also invited me to send her the first 50 pages if I took her advice.  Well, I'd be crazy If I didn't, LOL.

Although this is positive news, and I now know what areas in my story need improvement,  I often feel like a drop in an endless sea of writers.  The process is so nerve racking and daunting.  How do you all deal with it? I'd welcome any and all advice on how to weather the choppy waters until my book finds a home.  Guess I'll close for now.  Until next time, happy writing my friends.  



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I've posted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout, a publishing program ran by Amazon. It allows unpublished authors to post their work for thirty days. During that time, readers log on, read the excerpt (or not) and if they like what they see, they nominate the author for publication. At the end of the campaign, the nominations are tallied and the board votes on which books to publish. 

PAWN OF THE GODS has been up for a little over a week.  It was on the Hot and Trending list for nineteen hours, and more than one thousand seven-hundred visitors have viewed my excerpt.  All good stuff right? If that's true, why the hell am I so insecure? I suppose it's because I'm putting myself out there. It's tough to do, especially with such stiff competition. 

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I just wanted to announce the launch of my debut novel PAWN OF THE GODS. It's published for free on Amazon Kindle until May 22.  After that, it will go on sale for $3.99. PAWN OF THE GODS




Book Summary
According to Mayan prophecy the gods of the underworld will declare war on man. Their undoing however, lies hidden deep in the Yucatan in 1572, when a winged entrusted a celestial weapon to a Spanish Conquistador for safe keeping.
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Unfortunately, Soledad is forced into action when she learns her family friend, Senator Earl Edmondson has ties to the conquistador and the weapon, ties that could either harm or help her.
A pawn caught in a dan…