Holy Freak Out...in a can.

This summer I plan to attend the SCBWI conference in LA and I paid the additional fees to have the first 15 pages of my manuscript critiqued. Recently my critique partner reminded me that our critiques are due some time in June.  In the back of my mind I flagged this date around the end of the month.  Wednesday morning I went to their website to get the full details of exactly when it is due.


It is due June 9th! NOT postmarked by June 9th but DUE in their pretty little hands by that day.  *inhales the contents of an empty paper sack*

I am not even through with my WIP (67% complete) and though I have given my first few chapters to my critique partner, I have NOT gone back to edit them yet. (I am faithfully waiting until the end to have distance and perspective.)  My CP and I have have discovered there are a few flaws.  Yes shocker, my first draft is not perfect.  But for me, it is the beginning that needs the most work.  The "hook" is M.I.A. and the "direction" is out to lunch.

So Wednesday morning I put on my rubber gloves, grabbed a scalpel and dissected my first two chapters.  It got a makeover and a three page haircut but I feel pretty solid.

*she sweats until she hears from Diana*.

Now all I have to do is my one page synopsis.

*grabs above can and sprays away*
*uses paper sack again*


Here's more lovin' for you bloggers out there.

12 Greatest Literary One-Hit Wonders by The Huffington Post 
Very interesting.  You've heard of One-Hit Wonders on the radio but for books?  Some of them I recognize, others I have never heard of.  Check it out and let them know what you think.

How to Critique:  It's All In the Way You Say It by Query Tracker Blog
I think Carolyn Kaufmann gives a great "sandwich" example of how to critique someone's work.  Common sense and politeness can go a long way.  An remember, they are just asking your opinion.  And we know what they say about opinions...

Query Letters:  Links to Examples from gabrielleluthy.com 
No I am not ready to query yet, but I'm getting myself ready.  In doing so I found this webpage full of links of to "how to query" and examples.  Maybe there you will find something helpful.  (Her website is adorable. I love girl hanging out in a giant Margarita glass.  Too cute..)