Category: 4NonFiction

  • Sanity Saver?

    Sanity Saver?

    Time to talk about a feature of the professional level of Query Tracker called the timeline. I find myself checking it daily. Just keeping an eye on things. And I’ll admit I like observing how agents go through their inboxes. Some agents are methodical and step through their inboxes one query at a time. Some […]

  • “Did the rabbit die?”

    “Did the rabbit die?”

    Greetings from the querying trench. Pull up a box, it’s time to see how things are going. In short. They aren’t. Piffle. So, it’s time to disassemble this beastie and see what’s amissin’. The Totals as of November 24, 2022, leaving out the poetry, also not consigning the one possible silent rejection entirely to the […]

  • A 1-Star Rating

    A 1-Star Rating

    I’m talking trauma today. But, not the usual mental flavor, no today is gonna get real. Real, real. Think about a place where you really don’t want to see a one-star rating. Ting! You guessed it. A hospital. I discovered, after my little adventure, that our local hospital has a one-star rating. And, wow, deservedly […]

  • Silent Rejection

    Silent Rejection

    An interesting exchange happened over on Twitter. As you might guess I do follow several professionals, educators, and folks with Complex Trauma. What you may not see, is the way that writing and Complex Trauma are interwoven. There’s that easy to distinguish top layer. How I use writing, have always used writing, as a way […]

  • Too Good to be True?

    Too Good to be True?

    This morning started over at the Writer Beware Blog where I saw this post: America’s Next Great Author: The Author Reality Show Idea Rides Again. If you saw the advertising for the show, or even if you didn’t, give the blog post a read. I found the break-down of the contract helpful. The deadline for […]

  • Commercial enough?

    Commercial enough?

    I’ve been struggling a bit recently. The concerns involve my novel and a line I heard in a video by Alexa Donne. The line was in Alexa’s video on the querying process she uses. As she is talking about what to do if your ‘test queries’ don’t return any positive responses, she mentions the solutions of […]

  • Mind the gap

    Mind the gap

    Over on Twitter the other day, @RealHeatherOB asked an interesting question “What can self-published and Indie authors do to close the quality gap between trad and self-publishing?” And I dashed off a quick answer – but the topic deserves more than 280 characters. Some very interesting answers were put forward. There was, of course, the […]

  • Wabbit hunting

    Wabbit hunting

    Someone, forgive me, I did not remember where I saw the question, asked me what I was talking about when I said ‘test queries’. Fair question. I found the idea in a video by Alexa Donne. She has a YouTube channel ( and has a huge collection of videos that range from the fun to […]

  • A brief rant about editing

    I could sum this up with — “Do IT.” Then do it again. And again. And again. Needless to say, I woke up this morning and thought, hey I’ll look over those first pages I sent out. <head desk> I hate them. Just can’t believe I sent these out. Where was my brain? This is […]

  • Tools in the Trench

    Tools in the Trench

    Alrighty then, here we go.Let’s talk tools. Like any self respecting hunter, you need the right tools for the job. You need to know the preferences of your query quary. And you need to know the hunting ‘etiquette’. (Yes, that really is a thing.) Querying generates a ton of information. Last round, my efforts to […]