Though my focus this month remains on my short stories, I know many of the writers I see online are holding on to completed book manuscripts in need of homes.
Are you ready for an agent or content editor?
Manuscript Wish Tracking
I came upon resources for querying publishing agents that is now in Www-writing resources! This is a permanent addition unless I hear of problems with the programs.
An agent takes on much of the market research for books. Find ones looking for your manuscript at Manuscript Wish List. The online QueryTracker can help with organizing submissions to agents.
Many publishing professionals and hopefuls meet up on social media. One of the ways writers can find interested agents is through Twitter hashtag events known as pitch parties. The next Twitter pitch party for unpublished fiction and non-fiction is #pit2pub–tomorrow (July 18)! Learn more about the event at Kristin D. Van Risseghem’s #Pit2Pub page.
I’m happy to state that despite a couple months packed with health issues, I can work on short stories. Maybe while you can’t see those stories, they don’t matter.
Okay, here’s the fun part–assuming you clicked on this blog for the “fairy tale” in the title.
I’ve recently discovered a few sites focused on fairy tale adaptations and interpretations.
This post’s fair image, an illustration by Anne Anderson, came from SurLaLune Fairy Tales. SurLaLune features “49 annotated fairy tales, including their histories, similar tales across cultures, modern interpretations”.
Fairytalez.com brings in modern interpretations in its collection of classic and original fairy tales, folk tales, and fables. I’m working on an entry to one of their current competitions [which didn’t make it in on time, sadly].
A particularly exciting discovery is Enchanted Conversation, is a free, bi-monthly webzine publishing original stories and poems using fairy tale, folklore, and mythic themes. The organization isn’t highly intuitive, but I think the poetic stories are worth a few extra clicks.