Month: January 2015
A lot of people approach social media with the vague hope of it being a sort of wonder solution to marketing and promoting. They’ve been told that social media sells stuff. But I think that they don’t understand how social media actually works.
Social media, social networks, in a way the Internet, can be defined as a continuous flow of INFORMATION. Also, social media enables easy access to ENTERTAINMENT. And lastly, social media is a way for people to interact with each other.
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So I’ve just been thinking.
I read a post recently over at http://befreebird.com/. I can’t say that her writing was perfect. I can’t say that she proofread her work very well. But her writing was so simple, and so beautiful. It really made me think, “Gee, I wanna right something beautiful like that.” I came back to my blog, and I thought, “Her blog, everything about it, makes you feel free, light, and inspired. I don’t feel that way when I look at my blog, or read through my content.”
I started to feel like something is missing. That “light-heartedness”, that free, optimistic feeling. It’s not here. I felt like, “Wouldn’t that be great if I could give people such a feeling of hope.” I wish I could.
But then I took another look at my blog.
The background—it’s dark. It’s epic, it’s magical, and it’s beautiful, but I don’t see happiness written in it. It doesn’t brighten up my mood just by looking at it. And the content…my content. Some of it may be beautiful too. But it’s not cheerful necessarily. It’s not optimistic.
This has helped me to discover what my blog is; a big part of what my writing is and what it’s about.
It’s about struggle. I see struggle whenever I look at that magical, awesome, bluish golden sky that is my background. I see determination and anger in my writing. I see a desire for something more. I see a desire to have people understand what I’m writing for. And none of this can be achieved without struggle.
That’s when the somber, earnest appearance breaks, and the freedom, the cheerfulness, and the happiness is released. That’s when light breaks through the gray clouds; that’s when the storm clears.
There’s something beautiful here.
I can feel it.
It took me a long time to discover it. And I hope you will too.
Thanks for reading,
Well, the title says it all. Now I know what you’re thinking, so don’t get too excited.
No, I haven’t been offered anything from an agent.
No, I don’t have a literary agent.
Yes, I got turned down.
Overall though, it was pretty exciting just to actually get a response. That might sound silly, but being acknowledged by the literary higher-ups, even when they’re turning you down, still feels cool. The reason why they said they were turning me down was because they weren’t interested in my genre at the moment. They offered for me to query, however, with any future projects.
Here’s the thing, though, my dear followers:
The agency got back to me in NINE DAYS. What’s so special about that, you may ask?
That’s really fast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So why am I telling you this? Pay close attention if this logic gets kind of sloppy:
They got back to me in nine days.
This might imply that they aren’t receiving very many submissions so they were able to quickly look at my work; therefore, my work wasn’t lost in a crowd of submissions.
They weren’t looking for fantasy.
If you are writing a book that isn’t fantasy, then…
You could submit a query letter concerning your (non-fantasy) novel to http://www.knightagency.net/
Your book, if they aren’t receiving too many submissions right now, wouldn’t be lost in a crowd of other books.
They’ll get back to you quickly.
Do it fast, if you’re interested! And tell me if you have any questions. I’d like to say, however, that this is just based off of my experience. In any case, if you do submit a query, I wish you the best of luck!