Okay, here’s why I love social media. Because you can hear about things that are crazy and awesome almost immediately. So, did you hear the one about the Northampton Clown?
Supposedly Northampton is one of those small cities in the UK you either move away from because of boredom or move to because you finally got fed up with city life. It’s small. Not much happens there. At least, not until recently.
Enter the Clown.
According to his Facebook page, he’s just an attention glut, but those of us who saw Stephen King’s IT are more than a little spooked thinking about it. Of course, my writer’s mind is going 100 miles a minute with story inspiration. Not that I’ll necessarily write about a clown, but it seems like events like these always serve for good inspiration. It does creep me out, but I also love it and hope he keeps it up—in his only-attention way.
1. Read at least 10 more Anton Chekhov short stories to add to my progress starting from 50 of 201. No new progress. 60 of 201. Read his stories here free!
2. Finish reading both The Fire in Fiction and On Writing. No new progress.
3. Submit Trick or Tree to another writing contest. Finish Dog Shy and write at least one other short story, all to be submitted to contests. No new progress.
4. Write a flash fiction story. 2 flash fiction stories written so far.
5. Do at least one thing every week that increases my fluency in Spanish and Japanese. This Sunday I went to a potluck at my neighbor’s house. She and her husband are both from Japan, so I got a little practice in. Mostly I realized how much Japanese I don’t know. But one step at a time, right? Check!
Finish feedback edits on SHADE and get it queried. Query letter reworked. Actually, that’s something I could use your help with. More below.
Bonus Goals. I finished what I had plotted for Clemmings and I think it’s a decent first draft. I’m considering trying to make a 4,000 word version since Writer’s Digest is in the midst of contests right now (YA among them).
Okay, so here’s where the query letter comes in. I know I usually do Clemmings excerpts, but I wanted to get your feedback on the recent draft of my letter for my other WIP Shade. Please give me your best feedback as I intend to send this letter out to agents. What parts did you like? Didn’t like? Suggestions? Etc. What this doesn’t include is an introductory paragraph (where I personalize it to the agent, why I selected them, believe they are a good fit, etc.). This is what (INTRO) will entail. The rest please look over with a sharp eye.
He calls a menacing, demon dog his pet. He can pull bone swords from his own body. Yet the one thing 15-year-old Logan fears most is shadow.
Logan is the Queen’s puppet prince and for years he’s danced when she pulled his strings. Born of a bloodline that houses the dark power of demons, he struggles to control his unique gift—summoning demons of shadow from the depths of Hell. When his mother commands he use that power to murder his own father, he learns a terrifying secret: refusal won’t stop the Queen from pulling the darkness through him anyway, channeling the power he thought was solely his to wield. He watches helplessly as demons tear through the castle, unable to stop them from killing his father.
Logan flees the castle—and his mother’s wrath. Taking refuge among strangers, he meets Vera, a headstrong girl with her own blackened past. She teaches him to confront his fears and take control of the strings his mother has held for so long. Now burning to avenge his father, he must master his dark power and destroy the one person threatening to annihilate his new home—his mother.
He’s had a castle all his life, but he’s never had a home until now. He’s got the power to protect it—if he can keep it out of the Queen’s grasp.
Complete at 96,000 words, SHADE is a YA fantasy in the vein of Graceling, by Kristin Cashore, but with a darker tone. My manuscript took first place in the YA category in a League of Utah Writers contest, of which I’m a member.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Thanks for all your help in advance. If you ever need someone to go over your query letter, you know where I am and I’m always willing to help. 🙂