Confusion in writing reigns rampant


In recent months the last 24 months for me anyway I have been trying to take the advice of a very prominent writer. And the one thing that is being pushed is leave reader asking questions. Why does the character have so much fear or,anger? Why is she hanging around with the goofball friend? Why does she put up with the jerk of a boyfriend?
Yet when I do this I am  told that there are not enough answers because as one rejection letter put it. “This story has no merit in today’s society.”

Now I realize that wanting to make people care about your characters is the hardest thing you possibly do. 

But I have a question. Before you start putting stories in the rejection pile? Shouldn’t you actually read more than the first ten pages? Shouldn’t you actually read the story instead of skimming pages and then dumping it as no good?
I get a lot of rejection letters. But not one of the publishers and agents that have sent my rejection letter to me will ever convince me that they actually read the entire manuscript and gave it a fair chance.
All because I don’t have the two main characters at each others throats for the first hundred and fifty pages and then mauling each other the last quarter of the book.
Yes I believe there has to be conflict in a story. I don’t believe it has to be between the two main characters. What happened to a time when people worked together. Do not say its boring because everyday life is not boring and people do work together.
My story was too sweet for some publishers and then I was turned down by a sweet publisher.
I am beginning to think self publishing is the way to go.

Announcing the winner of the contest for GREASE STAINS AND LOVE SONGS.


Beverly Ovalle is the winner of last week’s contest. She is the newest member of boroughspublishinggroup. We welcome her to our fold.

The answers to the questions

1. What group did Peter Noonan sing with?
  Herman’ s Hermits

2. Red Rubber Ball was written by?
Paul Simon of Simon and Garfunkle.
Thank you to all that entered.

Until next time.

Gwyn K Weyant

New author no support.


I stay in contact with one or two younger authors that are just starting out. One asked me not to use her name she has her contract but has not picked the name she is using to publish under yet. And the second woman like me Isn’t worried about things.

The debate in question was and I quote “Why is it so hard for new authors to get  reviews to help them out. Jane told me that she can’t even get her sister to read her book. And Terri (the lady with the contract) said that she had lots of critique  buddies so she has lots of review help.

In my own experience I seem to have people that are buying my book but don’t want to help by putting up a review? I have even gone as far as (like any author) and bought the books and sent the books out for review and still nothing.

Jane believes that it is because family don’t want to believe that the person has done well. Terri thinks it’s pure shock that a new author has got the contract to begin with.

Well I don’t have critique partners because I drove semi and  never got to join a critique group because I never felt it was right that someone would help me and then me not be able to participate fully with the group.

So how does one motivate people to review?
Time money and effort or pure tenacity?

Thoughts, discussion or how about a mud flinging contest?

Blog or not…


The question today for many authors is do you build a blog for your followers. Do you have a platform to build on. (Well how do you build on something that is non-existent?

You see so many new authors don’t know how to begin to build a platform .
There are so many things to consider.
1. Do you have something to say?
2. Do you have something to promote
3. Are you doing it because you have heard that you have to.
4. Are you doing it to get practice writing, and truthfully don’t know what you are doing?

Are you wrong if you are answering no to any of these ? 

I have found out that there are no right and wrong answers. But people can lead you on the right direction.
Check with your agent or publisher, ask
Questions at any and all conferences Writing a blog takes time and effort on your part to build a fan base.(and sometimes it works and sometimes it is a long slow process. I am speaking from experience here.)

One thing you don’t want to do is check your statics every day. They will only depress you. That will only make it harder for you to feel that you getting somewhere. (Again experience talking.)

Whether you blog or not is really up to you but do pay attention to people that can help you . Agents, popular author’s kickaround ideas that will make your blog stand out.

Remember that there are a lots new and old ways of doing this. Some work, and some don’t. It will depend on you.

But also remember that like publishing it takes “a long long time.” Thank you Mary Sue Seymour for teaching me that.

So don’t be afraid of it just make an educated guess and make the commitment to it. ( only ypu can decide if you are ready to take that plunge).

Editing


Reading Rachelle Gardner’s blog on editing. I got to thinking What is it about Editing that scares me so much.

Well Okay I admit that in high school my English Comp skills lacked a lot in ability.

So yes line edits scare me. But I also use the grammar check and run off a hard copy, and we look at every sentence and after the fourteenth time I still wonder if I have it right.

I go back and double check for the obvious things. Get rid of the LY, get rid of the over used was, were, had, But and the like.

I double check sentence structure. (If I move the back of the sentence to the front will it sound and look better?)

Have I punctuated correctly and how do you punctuate that sentence “Stop it Evan, I won’t do that.”

I used to think I had to jazz up my sentences and not use the basics. “Subject verb and what was the third word.” But you know the simple sentence is still the best.

Subject, verb. I’m not sure the Dick and Jane didn’t have the right idea.

See Dick run. See Jane dance. (or what ever she did in those books.)

The one thing I could say I remembered was that you always put a comma in front of a but .

AND NOW THEY TELL ME THAT’S WRONG.

So I will always have a fear of line Edits and there really isn’t a lot they can do to change my mind. Because once I have it figured out.

They will just change it on me again. (and people wonder why I’m such a fan of e.e. cummings – he didn’t use punctuation.)

Past American Christian Fiction Writers Conferences.


This weekend the AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS CONFERENCE was held in Dallas. It would have been my third one of these to go to. But because of a lifestyle change it was not possible for me to go this year.

So here is my blog on my previous experience at these events.  My first conference was at Indianapolis. A great experience. I went to classes by Tracie and Jim Peterson and Kaye Dacus.

Rachelle Gardner taught me enough about a fifteen minute pitch to get my manuscript asked for by Mary Sue Seymour. She ended up passing on the manuscript but taught me what to expect. “She told me that publishing takes a long long time.” Those words are forever burned in my memory.

I met James Scott Bell and have bought everything he has out on writing. Jeff Gerke’s book “How to write Christian Fiction.” sits on my bookshelf as well.

I had my first critque done by Jill Williams, which provided my first real professional encouragement.  When I walked in I was nervous and scared, Brandlyn Collins and Debby Mayne offered encouragement to a first writing that was seriuosly thinking about giving up writing. “Thank you Debby for that two and a half hour mentoring session. You are a gracious lady for taking that time with me.”

Cara Putman took time to pray with me before my first agent meeting with Terry Burns. “Thank you Cara. You have a precious little boy.”

Mr. Terry Burns you are joy , you helped a first time writer and taught her so much in just a few short minutes. You were also kind to let me talk with you at last years conference. Wish I could have been there to say hello this year.

There are others that I can’t begin to name them all Keli Gwyn, Joyce Hart, Tamela Hancock Murray, Steve Laub,

I can only Thank you for all your help and pray I will see you back in Indianapolis next year.  You have all helped me become a published author.Along with christian fellowship that is often so needed.

Blessings

Exciting news.


After much praying,crying and debate. I feel I am ready to go a head with my own website. Just how or what format I am going to use is still up for debate. ( anyone want to flip the coin?) 

That means things are going to change shortly. When the grand unveiling comes to into being. I’ll let you know.

It may not happen until much later in the year. I have a lot going on with the book coming into play for Boroughs, editing of a novel is taking place. I have six weeks left of school starting next Monday. Plus an externship and certification all by the end of November. How did time fly so fast. (Also that does not include job hunting.)

So please expect major changes in my blogs and my website.

May God bless and keep you.