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Monday, October 26, 2009

Stephanie Meyer talks about writing, publishing, and queries

Hello Fellow Writers!

Yesterday I went to the Poughkeepsie Region NaNoWriMo kick-off at Panera Bread. It was five women including me - but it was so much fun to be able to talk to other people who are as crazy about writing as I am! I found it fascinating to listen to the sorts of stories that other people are compelled to write.

I tried writing a synopsis of "The Movie Star's Very Personal Assistant", but I found it very difficult to get the feel and tone of the novel across in such a bare-bones medium. It's not good enough, so today I think I will try to write a query letter and work on the synopsis some more. I'm thinking that "Movie Star" is done now.

I watched a video on YouTube with Stephanie Meyer talking about how she was just a stay-at-home mom, and she never really wrote until one day she just had to start writing and out came "Twilight". Arrgghh. I love her and her books, but I am more than a little jealous. You hear of all of these other authors writing and perfecting their craft for years and years, getting tons of rejections - and Meyer writes a novel and it not only gets published, but it completely reshapes Young Adult fiction. Have you noticed that every YA novel that gets published lately is about vampires?

Today I plan on writing a query letter for Harlequin. I also plan on re-reading some of Chris Baty's "No Plot, No Problem" to help get me geared up for NaNoWriMo. I'm very excited - I can hardly wait for November 1st!

Wish me luck, and good luck to you too!
Yours Truly,
Shoshanna Evers

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