We had another great meeting of the Houston YA/MG Writers yesterday morning. Our usual venue had double booked our room, so Mary Lindsey generously hosted us at her home. Thank you Mary! We had a great turnout, but none of my usual buddies showed up today, so when we split into groups I didn’t think to ask anyone to take notes for me on the stuff I was missing.
In the first part of the morning, I participated in the query letter discussion. One of the group’s founders, Jessica Capelle, led this session and handed out several pages of links. (Of course, I lost them. Maybe they are in my car, but it is pouring down rain, so I’ll check later. If I find the pages when the rain stops, I’ll post the links.) It was a good conversation. I brought a copy of the query letter I intend to send out soon and kept it on the table while we talked. During the course of our conversation, I managed to trim my query by thirty-seven words. Nice.
The second session I went to was a discussion about revision. Dottie Enderle led the talk, and Mary brought in a revision letter from her editor. Other authors have shown me their revision letters, but I’ve never seen one like this. It was massive. Actually, I thought it was wonderful—a fantastic, detailed breakdown of work that needed to be done, and Mary did it.
Mary Lindsey’s YA novel, Shattered Souls, will be coming out next fall from Penguin.
So I missed two sessions—one on character development and one on creativity. I’ll have to work on cloning myself for the next meeting.
Okay, here are the links for getting started with query letters and your agent search:
And finally, when you need to laugh,
Thanks for this great list, Jessica!