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Clockwork Angel
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Catching Fire
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Saturday, August 7, 2010


Okay, I'm putting my musings about self-publishing on ice for a bit. Yes, I'll study it, but I want to see if I can get trade-published first.

I joined WriteOnCon yesterday. I signed up on the forum, and I'm now an attendee at the free online conference on August 10-12th 2010. There are over 1400 people "attending", and I'll be able to post my query letter, first five pages, and first 250 words, first thing Monday morning. Then I'll possibly get critiques from fellow writers, and possibly publishers/agents/other trade people too. I already have some critiques on my practice critique of first five pages (you need to register on the forum to see it).

I'm also having fun writing critiques for others. I already wrote four yesterday and another four today. I leave the query critiques alone for now, because I don't feel too comfortable advising people on that since I'm not a 100% comfortable with query letter writing. I think the conference will be exciting. I can post questions for professionals, there will be rewards, and I'll meet other writers, and maybe make friendships or find critique buddies there.

I'll also join The Muse Online Writers Conference in October. That's also free, but it lasts a whole week. They have workshops that I'd like to check out. More on that later.


  1. Thanks, Nicole :)

    I've already had a lot of helpful comments on the first five pages. I revised them and have much better text now.

  2. I do think it is best to go for traditional publishing, at least for as long as we can reasonably hold out hope. I just don't want to die before I get something published!

  3. Your book should definitely get published, if the rest is as good as your "Drama entry".

  4. I'll see you over there at WriteOn con! And at the Muse Online Conference. These online workshops are great... though I tend to fritter away too much time on the forums! Go figure :) Good luck with your posted work!

  5. Oh, yeah, I spend waaaay too much time on the forums. Both answering critiques on my own stuff and critiquing others's. I'll see if I can track your stuff there and take a look!

  6. Awesome! And good luck!
    I'm definitely going to have to look into these online writer conferences soon as well. I've recently begun writing my first novel. It's still in the early stages, but this will be a great thing to look into near it's completion.

  7. Thanks and definitely worth looking into. They'll have the transcripts up on the website, which I think is great help for the lectures I'll miss (they have one every hour all day, all three days, all known publishers/industry experts!)