Thursday, December 11, 2014
Sometimes it's after my query letter gets a less than warm reception, but other times it's like the proverbial bolt out of the blue that strikes me. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I'm happy with my bolt I immerse myself in my bolt. I think my bolt is the best thing ever.
There aren't any quantitative measures for this sort of thing, so I just have to take it for granted that I'm right. This new change will make the book better.
Do you get bolts out of the blue and if so, please comment below and let me know what your bolts are like and what effect they have on you.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Here is my Query Blog Hop Entry. Please critique away. I adore all comments.
I won first place from the Virginia Romance Writers Association for one of my novels and second place for YA fiction from the Florida State Writing Competition. My mystery/suspense fiction has been published in PALM PRINTS, the University of South Florida Writers Journal, and online at RIVERWALK.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Today, I'm getting my new young adult thriller ready to send to an agent who requested the full manuscript after reading the first five pages.
This is exciting. Every time an agent requests a full, my little heart pounds like crazy. Could this be it? Will I get representation?
You never know.
DANGEROUS is about a younger sister who knows her older sis is dating a murderer. She has to figure out how to stop her, even though older sis is head over heals over this rich, handsome guy. Even though the police chief thinks she's crazy. Even though she's always reporting crimes that turn out to be simple misunderstandings.
Will Cassie get the evidence she needs to send this guy to jail before he kills her sister...and maybe her, too?
Will the agent want to represent my novel?
I'll let you know.
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Read my interview about my writing and my books with Judy Godwin at http://judygoodwin.wordpress.com/2014/08
Monday, July 7, 2014
Don't miss out on terrific recipes, from Cookie Berelli's Norwegian and Italian heritage, including Grandma Berelli’s Pralines (“Worth going to jail for”), Cookie’s Maple Candies (“So good they’re criminal”), Nana’s Kringlas (“To kill for”), Cookie's Chocolate Cover-Up Fudge ("Perfect for spying activities"), and Blood Red Spaghetti Sauce with Bad Boy Meatballs, among others.
These great recipes are available throughout the story to break up the mayhem while you follow this cozy mystery of who killed Cookie's P.I.
Find CANDY, MURDER & ME at http://amzn.to/1ouLniC
Sunday, June 29, 2014
For some samples, go to http://www.youtube.com and put Carolyn Chambers Clark in the search box at the top of the page. A bunch of book trailers will pop up. Click on the ones that interest you.
Put a comment in the comment section below this post of the best trailer in your opinion, then follow me by Email and I'll send you a copy of the book you'd like to have a copy of! (Put your email address in the box to the right and I'll send you your book.)
Have fun watching and reading!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Hurry on over to http://ultimate-fiction.blogspot.com/p/special-offers_19.html to enter the raffle. If you enter, you will get at least 250 words edited, so do stop by there.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Cris Freese says, "Yes, you can."
Whether you're a writer or a reader or a TV watcher, I think maybe Cris is right. Even though I dislike sitcoms, except maybe Roseanne, here are the points that might be helpful to writers. They can also help a reader or watcher to help evaluate whether the book or show is worth your time, because good writing is satisfying and keeps you hooked, coming back for more.
1. Everything happens for a reason. Don't put in details unless you plan to use them later on.
2. Reward your readers. It helps to have a recurring element that readers or watchers will look for and feel satisfied when it happens.
3. Never write yourself into a corner. Readers and watchers won't like it either because they'll feel as if something is unresolved. We humans like things to be neatly tied up at the end.
4. Main characters should not only have primary goals to achieve, but also secondary ones that create good tension and keep the reader or watcher on her toes.
5. Tragedy can be compelling because it tugs at our emotions and makes us want to root for them. Build them in if you're a writer and look for them if you're a reader or watcher.
5. Endings are hard whether you're writing them or reading or watching them. If the writer has done the job, you'll be hooked and want to see what happens next, even when the book or TV show has ended.
6. Tie up all the loose ends. If you don't, your reader or watcher will feel gypped.
7. At the end of the story or chapter, bring the reader or watcher back to familiar territory.
These are the bare bones. To find out all the details, go to http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/7-things-how-i-met-your-mother-can-teach-us-about-writing?et_mid=668728&rid=239174751
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Ready, set, go!
Friday, January 17, 2014
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