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November 20th, 2006

Introduction!

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Ms. Dorothy Parker
Hi all! I hope this community isn't dead...
Well, never the less, of course I'm an aspiring writer; no, that's incorrect, I am a writer aspiring to be published. I figured I should place something short here first, uhm, really short actually and see what happens.


September 14th, 2006

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So the Prologue for Cycle II (Working Title: Star-Crossed) is completed. And I need some opinions. Primarily about whether or not the writing style works. I'm working between a relaxed gruff style (think 1k1in) and going all out bardic, and I'm not certain it's working. Anyway, check it out.

Warning - long. But opinions even on just the first few pages is welcome.

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September 13th, 2006

Query letter

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Escher
Hey guys,

I'm back, and I have yet another query letter, um...query.

I'm looking at submitting Done With Mirrors to Tor, but I'm not really sure what I should be doing differently in a letter being sent direct to a publisher rather than a letter for an agent; so, here's what I have (largely thanks to the amazing powers of saraphina_marie), in the hopes that you can help me plane off the rougher edges and wind up with something that screams "Publish me!" Or at least maybe whimpers it.

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September 10th, 2006

Updates!

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Academic girl
Long time no post!

Updates in my realms of writing:

* Non-fiction costume history project is finished! 43,000 words on the 17th century.

* A Year and A Day is 100% available just about everywhere! YAY!

* Final edits being worked on for Seven Times a Woman

* For more detailed news, you can sign up for my writerblog syndication at sara_m_harvey

* Someone, please toss some stuff up here to workshop! I think I might have a short story lying around here someplace....
::rifles around My Documents::

June 16th, 2006

Pre-orders are available from the publisher directly only at this point:

Premium Press America
1-800-891-7323 to place a phone order
615-256-8624 to place an order by fax
2606 Eugenia Avenue, Ste. C. Nashville, TN 37211 to place an order by mail.

You will need the following information:
Title: A Year and A Day
Author: Sara M. Harvey
ISBN: 1-933725-13-3

The suggeseted retail price will be (I believe) $8.99

Orders will be available via Amazon.com sometime after the first week of August.

From SaraMHarvey.com:
The story of A Year and A Day takes shape as a series of short chapters that show “a day in the life” of this unlikely pair of angels, Vengeance and Joy, as they try very hard to “blend in” among the wacky mortals of New York City’s East Village.
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(x-posted to my personal LJ)

WHAT: SARA'S PREMIERE BOOK SIGNING EVENT
WHEN:WEDNESDAY JULY 5TH, 7:00PM
WHERE: BARNES AND NOBLE, WALNUT CREEK (Call 925-947-0373 for directions and details)

PLEASE come on out and show your support! Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell random strangers!

Ok, I'm gonna go expire of *squee* now.

From SaraMHarvey.com:
The story of A Year and A Day takes shape as a series of short chapters that show “a day in the life” of this unlikely pair of angels, Vengeance and Joy, as they try very hard to “blend in” among the wacky mortals of New York City’s East Village.
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(x-posted to my personal LJ)

June 15th, 2006

I need somebody...not just anybody...

*ahem*

Okay, Beatles references aside...I am terrible (TERRIBLE!) at writing cover letters for short stories. You aren't expected to pitch the story, you aren't expected to really do much but say "Here's a story. Here's an SASE. You know the drill." So naturally, being the person that I am, I feel like this letter sucks. If you guys could give me any help, any advice at all, I would really appreciate it. Particularly, I can't remember if the appropriate "generic" woman's honorific is Mrs. or Ms...it seems like each assumption has its problems.

(Editor's Name), Editor
(magazine name and address follows)

Dear Mrs. (Editor's Last Name),

Enclosed, you will find my short story, “Live from the Serpent Room,” which I hope you will consider for publication in Realms of Fantasy. I have been writing for about ten years; my work has previously appeared in the online magazine Quantum Muse, and will be appearing this July in another online magazine, Anotherealm. I do not wish to bore you with excessive details of my heretofore short writing career, but if you require further information, a biography, or anything else, I am of course happy to oblige. I have enclosed a self-addressed stamped envelope, and look forward to hearing your response to my story; I hope that “Live from the Serpent Room” finds its way into the pages of Realms of Fantasy, and moreover that you enjoy reading it.

Sincerely,
(Me)

May 24th, 2006

What you've all been waiting for!

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Still not 100% sure what I feel about them though. The blurbs leave much to be desired, however.

May 23rd, 2006

Ever want to know what smut pays?
Find out.

http://www.karenafox.com/money.htm

Scroll down and see the average advance, royalty rate, payout and range of payouts for books from all the major publishers. Yes, the focus is on romance, but Leisure's in there, as well as Pocket Books, St. Martin's Press and Warner's.

May 22nd, 2006

So, it wasn't from Miss Snark, afterall.

Reposted from here,
The Slushkiller list:
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My favorite is #11.

(x-posted to my personal LJ)
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