horror, writing

Query Letters and Slow-Moving Sequels

Hey all! This past month has been busy-busy, as I’m sure it has been for all of you. The school year is winding down for our family. Some big plans are looming on the horizon, so we’re nervous and excited, but overall hopeful.

QUERIES!

Last week, I sent out my first round of query letters to literary agents for my latest manuscript, The Last house. Hopefully, we’ll hear something positive in the next couple of months. You never know. If the right book hits the right agent at just the right time, it could all work out. Kind of like how things worked out for Devils Glen with Kindle Scout.

For those who don’t know, a query letter is basically an email you send out to potential agents describing your book. You tell a brief one or two paragraph blurb-like synopsis, a hook line, author bio, and information like genre and word count. Usually, you include a chapter or two for them to read. If an agent likes what he or she sees, they might request a full or partial manuscript. If not, you usually get a form letter rejection. Most books get loads of rejections before they get even a request for full or partial. It’s a long process, but I think this book has potential.

BETTENDORF TALES

I’m slowly (VERY slowly) working on Book 3. I can’t promise when I’ll finally release it, but don’t expect it soon. My focus has been on The Last House, and I’m having trouble shifting gears!

BOOKS

I haven’t had a lot of time to read lately, but I have finished a couple books since the last time I posted.

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

A spellbinding tale of two very different men in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair. HH Holmes was considered America’s first serial killer and Daniel Burnham was the architect responsible for coordinating and planning the World’s Fair. The book goes back and forth between their stories, juxtaposing the brilliant artist with the murderous demon—it’s part history, part true crime. I can’t believe I never knew this stuff before. Highly recommended!

The Nightmare Room by Chris Sorensen

A fun little haunted house tale about an audiobook narrator with a haunted past who hears voices on his recordings. It’s supposed to be a series. Some good spooky moments that will keep you up at night.

TELEVISION

Game of Thrones (HBO) – I’ll save most of my thoughts until after next week’s series finale. Though I feel like the writers have rushed the pace of the last two seasons, I can’t say I’m disappointed on the whole. I suppose I gave up hoping they’d do what I wanted back in Season 3 when they chose not to include Lady Stoneheart. If you’ve never read the books and you don’t know who I’m talking about, just look HERE. Her character was one of the coolest things I’ve read in a series, but the show runners cut her. After that, I looked at the TV show as a separate thing. As a result, I’m enjoying this last season for what it is, even if it’s flawed.

Barry (HBO) – If you’re in the theatre or TV/Film business, Barry is a must-see. But even if you’re not, I think you’ll love it. Some great characters (North Hollywood Hank is amazing) and sharp comedic writing. It’s hilarious!  And Bill Hader’s rendition of Alec Baldwin’s monologue from Glengarry Glen Ross is everything.

What We Do in the Shadows (FX) – Started out a little slow in the first couple episodes, but man, has it become great since then. This past episode, directed by Taika Waititi, was pure fun.

OK, that’s all I’ve got for now. Hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Talk to you soon.

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