It's seriously hot here in New York. The weather report says that the temperatures are going to be hovering around 90 degrees all week with like 80% humidity. Someone help me! So, I've included a picture of a hot guy to make you all even hotter!
I've been cruising blog land catching up on all the industry gossip from people who have been at the RWA conference. Apparently, traditional regencies are dead (they've been predicting that for years now. I guess they're finally right now that Kensington has killed their Regency line), hot books are even hotter, paranormal is in, medievals are making a comeback, and publishers are looking for deeper chick-lit instead of the light funny books that have been coming out the past couple of years.
There has also been alot of confusion about whether or not you need an agent. Jennifer Crusie wrote in RWR, that you should target a specific editor at a house with your novel. Kate Duffy says that you need a publishing contract before you can get a top agent. Color me confused!
Right now I'm targeting agents, because once an editor has passed on my book, and it'll be very hard for me to get them to look at it again, although I did send my partial to Natasha Panza at TOR, and I'm contemplating Medallion Books once I get my marketing plan in shape.
Received another rejection from an agent. This one wasn't even a 8 x 10 piece of paper, but a generic rejection slip! Which was an improvement over the rejection postcard I received once from another agent who shall remain nameless. This agent has been all over every conference, RWR for the past several years, claiming to be looking for new clients etc. But every author I know who has submitted to this agent, has gotten their manuscript returned before they closed the mailbox with a rejection postcard.
Right now, I'm reading Donald Maass workbook for How to Write the Breakout Novel. I thought I would do the exercises while I'm writing the first draft of my latest WIP. I haven't been to his weekend workshops, I can't afford the $245, but I did read his book and there was alot of good information.
Does anyone have any favorite writing books?