I read an article tonight to authors about audiobooks which got me thinking about how I read. For the most part I will read a book and then listen to it. I do this because I like getting all I can out of a story and while I can remember 95% of a book I read (it’s the positive of my dyslexia) I still miss a little. While I was in college for my first undergrad I could/would remember all of my notes when the professor read her notes and we copied them from the board. I get this same since when reading books. So I read the book (most of the time – 99%) and then I’ll download the audiobook to see what I missed. Doing this just reinforces everything I read and afterward I can just about recall the books details without looking up the answer. I love this because I can talk to people about books while not on the Internet, and have answers. Sometimes it sucks though because I have to make an effort not to give important details away. I do have some friends that won’t listen to audiobooks because the narrator could sound different that what they think the characters voice sounds like to them. I don’t have this issue, though if one narrator reads one series and then does another one it sometimes doesn’t feel right to me, nor does it sound right when a different narrator reads a book when I’m use to a certain voice. Say the normal narrator has a scheduling issues and can’t read so a new narrator comes in for a book. This happened for the last Dresden book, after twelve books from one narrator the thirteenth has a new one and that didn’t work for me. And I’ve listened to a few audios were a narrator read two series and that’s a little off because I’m use to the voice for a different character. Overall though I like using written and verbal together. As a reader I get more out of the two working together. If I miss something in a book I pick it up when listening.
I can also see things that some people can’t or don’t pick up when they just read the book. In one series I could see and understand where the author was going and excepted it, where others won’t except the changes the author made to the characters. (I’m not sure that made since) There has also been times when I’ve read and listened to the books a few times and missed a clue and then listened one more time an the clue hit me and a new depth sank it. It’s awesome when things like that happen.
So how about you? Do you read, listen or both?
Today I did another one line pitch, we’ll see how it goes. Have a great weekend.
Publishing… When to send out feelers?
If you’re like me a few other Dolls, you read anything and everything that pertains to helping with your craft. One of the tips we always see is make sure your MS is complete, edits and all.
When you send a query, pitch or synopsis you should/must have the best copy possible. For the most part I think this is the best option/rule. When I finished my MFA and turned in Legacy as my thesis, the story wasn’t what is could/should be. Granted I thought it was great. When I started sending out queries I received many dreaded rejection letters. While I learned a lot from most of my MFA classes as I’ve said, my advisor wasn’t much help and I think the story reflected that. My story started to change and take on the look and feel or direction it needed once I started taking workshops from Savvy Author. Which one of the Dolls introduced me too? Another valuable resource that I found were my first bête readers, which I’ve talked about, they have helped me create a better story as well. Why? Because they asked the hard questions and made me evaluate where the story needed to go, or start. My creative side also took control and said hey this kind of sucks. So I changed it, took some more workshops to work on other aspects of the submission process and now I’m excited about the novel all over again.
So where am I going with this little tail? When can/should you send out feelers? I think I can speak for one of the Dolls as well as myself when I say make sure you have a good part of your MS written, but start pitching. Pitching is a good way to see if anyone could be interested in your story. If you pitch make sure to tell the agent/editor that the MS isn’t finished, if you still need to finish it. Also just because you pitch to one doesn’t mean you can’t pitch to others. Pitch to everyone if you choose too, as long as they handle the genre you write in. Just remember pitching is different than sending out queries. To pitch you’re either at a conference or on a website like Savvy Author where they ask members for pitches, throughout the year. This is similar to going to the conference but instead of face to face you post a two to five line pitch to agents or editors to get their attention and interest in your MS.
I pitch on Savvy Author, since I don’t have to leave the comfort of my home. With Flyboy in and out so much it’s hard to go to some of the conferences. Plus as I’ve been finding out over the last few years the conferences have been scheduled at the worst possible times for me. But that’s my military life so I’ve had to change the way I pitch or should I say where, which is why I pitch on-line.
This has come in handy, not that I’ve gotten bites from the people I’ve pitched too. One reason for that is that I was pitching to the wrong people. So make sure you know which genre you fall into. While my MS can fall into a few different genres I had to figure out which ones were the best fit. I narrowed it down to two. I haven’t pitched my MS since before figuring out what genres I needed to use, so I hadn’t been pitching to the right people. Thankfully agents and editors read pitches that you pitch to other agencies, on-line, and if they like what they see you could get a working relationship with one of them. (This can also happen if you go to conferences as some of you know.) Just like anything else in the writing world there are no guaranties, but pitching is a great way to get noticed. So try your hand at pitching but make sure you have a pretty clean MS and an open mind.
Good Luck. Teresa
Tomorrow I’ll receive Killing Rights by M.L.N. Hanover, it’s the four book in his Black Son’s Daughter Series. I’ve been waiting for this book since I finished his last book, a year is just too long to wait but I understand wanting to get it right. Plus you never want to rush authors/writers, we get grumpy and make mistakes.
Since this should be an easy I’m hoping I can get the review to PBD by next week. This will be my December book review for them and possible my last one of 2011. The Dolls have requested my help on a few other books and I’m hopeful I can get those going for Jan and Feb. Be on the lookout just in case they need them earlier.
In other updates I’ve gotten back into writing and editing mode and am hopeful this will last throughout the year. I’m always giddy when I get to work on my writing.
On Friday I’m going to try and do a 25 word pitch for Legacy, so I’ll keep you posted.
I’ve finished all the reviews I’ve been working on. I’ll post all the reviews this week plus you’ll see them on PBD. I just don’t know when, so I’ll post the reviews for you. I did just finish reading another YA that wasn’t to bad it was Lauren Kate’s latest, Passion and I’ll try and get a review for that done as well. She has one more coming out for the series. I’m not sure if I’m in love with it. I really like the first book, the second was pretty good this one I’m not sure about. So I’m not sure how the review will go. You know I don’t like to give spoilers and for the review to be any good that’s what I’d have to do. But I’ll give it a shot anyway.
Pitches I’ve been doing a lot of pitches. Savvy Author lets its members pitch to editors its only three lines but hey three lines is three lines and its getting the word out there. So that’s what I’ve been doing pitching Legacy. Here’s the pitch.
Author: Teresa Crumpton
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Word Count: 90,000
Most people inherit money; Alexis inherited hell…
A house’s thirst for blood, along with the secret murders performed by a demon doctor will expose a family secret when a young empathic law student inherits her family’s long forgotten haunted house. Things get interesting when deceased relatives arrive to help Alexis learn about her true Legacy.
Hopefully I’ll get a bite.
I’m thinking about sending some of my poems in to see if I can get them published in Magazines, I’ll let you guys know how that goes.