Next Noble Pen Meeting
June 13th, 2013 at 7 pm
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Welcome to Christine, who found the group.
The consensus is that we do not meet on July 4.
Someone suggested that the Noble Pen start a lending library, to be funded by contributions and contain writers’ resources such as an agent directory and the best advice books. Please comment on the proposal.
Long-time author Jack Vance died at age 96. He wrote in several genres, including mystery and what some people called science fiction. His collected works comprised 45 volumes. He disliked the term SF and said he was a “speculative anthropologist” because his stories were about people in strained or bizarre situations.
The Pulitzer prizes were announced in April.
For those whose interests are not bounded by present and past possibilities, the next BIG convention in the midwest is CONvergence, July 4 – 7 in Bloomington, MN. There will be, among other things, a steampunk/British invasion fashion expo, a judged or just-for-fun masquerade ball, and an impressive list of fantasy/sci fi authors, screenwriters, and playwrights (including Janice’s top favorite, Steven Brust).
Tyree got back to his apocalyptic novel and the words are flowing nicely.
Nick is writing and editing more lately.
Christine got a request for a full manuscript of her novel.
We had a request for information about writing queries and finding agents. The first rule in contacting an agent or publisher is to know what they are looking for, and to follow their individual submission guidelines.
Writer’s Digest sells one of the best-known resources, the Guide to Literary Agents that comes out each fall. (WD site) (Amazon) (wikipedia) They also market more specialized guides for magazine writers (Writer’s Market), screenwriters, poets, photographers, and other market segments.
AgentQuery offers some resources.
A resource often mentioned is Query Tracker. Check it out to see if you could benefit either from registering for its services or just from browsing its forum for information on agents, publishers, writing techniques, success stories, etc. You could spend days on the site.
The web site Predators and Editors offers warnings about scams a writer may encounter in the publishing business.
An editor tells why a writer needs an agent.
Here’s what might be a poor attempt at a query letter, that did NOT impress an agent.