Sunday, March 1, 2015

The First Ever #10QueryChallenge has begun!

After not getting chosen for the PitchMadness agent round my first reaction was disappointment. I literally wanted curl up in a ball and cry. I have had so much rejection with this particular project. But I believe in it, and refuse to give up. I'm doing one more round of contests and agent queries and then I'm self publishing this thing.

I made a plan yesterday to send out 10 queries if I didn't get into PitchMadness--I am now turning this into a challenge for all writers (especially those who didn't get chose in the PitchMadness contest).

You have 24 hours to send out 10 queries

If you can't do it 24 hours--Make a plan and comment here or Tweet it.

You can contact me here--or through twitter if you want to swap or need help finding agents. I already have my list ready to go and will be starting to send out shortly.

Query Tips from a Non-Pro

  • Research the agent/agency on places like Absolute Write Water Cooler and Predators and Editors. You want a good agent. (also a google search works well too)
  • Look up the submission guidelines and follow them
  • Google the agent for tidbits that might help you stand out.
  • Remember that MOST agents don't accept attachments, paste extra material in the body of the email.
  • Have someone else read your query and submission materials.
  • Here's how to write a One Page Synopsis
  • Double, Triple, Quadruple check for typos.

Places to Find Agents

Good luck--and get querying!

#PitchMadness Draft--Live Tweet Countdown

UPDATE: The draft is over. Congrats to the luck 68 that made it to the next round.

This year I am participating in #PitchMadness with a middle grade science fiction book I have written. This is the countdown to the live Tweet of the draft for the top 60 who will advance to the agent round.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Celebration!

To Celebrate the new year. Burned will be free the first four Friday in January and for a bonus day on the 27th. Enjoy :)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Highlight: Obsidian Threads by Charlie Pulsipher

Today I am highlighting a new release by my fellow author, Charlie Pulsipher. Obsidian Threads (Book 2 of The Lost Shards).

About the Book

Rho has awakened. Its acolytes will tear worlds apart to release their deity from its prison. Any hope of Rho's defeat lies with two people lost in a strange universe. Kaden and Aren must learn to harness all their unique gifts if they are to rival the god of darkness reborn.

They will not fight alone. A brilliant geneticist, a furry dwaro, two less than friendly elves, dragons, and a spunky red-haired computer stand with them. But if Kaden and Aren fail to reach their full potential, all of reality will be devoured until nothing remains but Rho.

Purchase Links:
Obsidian Threads (book 2)
The Crystal Bridge (book 1) and free for the week of the launch on Kindle

About the Author

Charlie Pulsipher is a were-hamster and lemur enthusiast living in Southern Utah with his lovely wife and neurotic dog. He writes sci-fi and fantasy, and sometimes both at the same time. He’s obsessed with surviving the inevitable zombie-pocalypse. It’s coming. Tell your friends.

He spends his time away from the keyboard hiking and camping in stunning Southern Utah. He also enjoys woodworking, painting, drawing, and pretending to have super powers.

He neglects his twitter account.

His velociraptor impression is worth seeing. Ask him to show you. It just may be the coolest thing about him.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Highlight: Altar of Influence by Jacob Cooper

About the Book

Sacrifice. The single act capable of bringing both death and life simultaneously.

Thannuel Kerr is handsome, young and brash, fumbling through childhood toward his inevitable inheritance: the next Lord of the Western Province. He struggles to accept his arranged marriage and to grow into the man he must become. The journey toward that end, however, is fraught with more peril than he could possibly imagine. In the remote reaches of the Realm, an unknown, silent threat is growing. The Thoulden-sha of Mari-shaden is gathering his disciples, those who have relinquished their bloodlines to the Ancients and embraced Those Not Remembered, a forgotten race that inhabited Våleira long before the Age of the Ancients.

As Thannuel learns more about his heritage, he begins to understand why powers that seem greater than anything the world of Våleira has ever seen are targeting him. As a young man, he and his beloved intended, Moira, will face assassination attempts, civil war, and foreign invasions that could tear the Realm—and Våleira itself—apart.

Sacrifice. It is what the Thoulden-sha demands. It is what the world desperately needs. To save all he loves, Thannuel will be called upon to lay himself upon the Altar of Influence.

About the Author

Jacob Cooper writes fantasy and epic fantasy books. His first effort, Moon Monsters, was written when he faked sickness one day in first grade to stay home and write. This book received the acclaim of his parents and sits in a black 3-ringed binder somewhere in their basement.

The Dying Lands Chronicle is a planned trilogy in the epic fantasy genre. Book 1, Circle of Reign, marks Jacob's first major effort on the fiction side of writing. Altar of Influence, the prequel to the Dying Lands Chronicle, is also available.

Aside from writing, Jacob is an accomplished percussionist, pianist, and composer. He enjoys power sports on land and water, as well as spending time with his family.

To find out more, visit:
twitter: @AuthorJacobCoop

Buy the Book

Amazon Kindle

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Highlight: THE DREAM MAKERS by Mikey Brooks

Today I am highlighting the new release of my writerly friend Mikey Brooks. It is the last installment in his series, The Dream Keeper Chronicles.

About the Book

The exciting conclusion of the bestselling middle grade fantasy adventure THE DREAM KEEPER CHRONICLES by award winning author Mikey Brooks.

When Mares escapes into the world of Awake, it is left to Gladamyr and his teen bonds, Parker and Kaelyn, to stop him. They must return the most evil nightmare ever to exist back to Dreams before the barrier between the two worlds crumbles and darkness reigns forever. But to do so, Parker and Kaelyn must heal broken friendships and unite an army of children who are brave enough to conquer their fears.

Alice called it Wonderland. Dorothey called it Oz. Nightmares call it HOME.

What others have said about The Dream Keeper Chronicles:

“Uniquely imaginitive and very creative...I will be recommending it to all my middle grade and young adult friends!” ~The Kindle Book Review

“I'd recommend this book for its imagination and adventures!” ~Camp Half Blood Reviews

“Few stories strike me as being unique like this book did.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“This is an adorable middle-grade novel that has a little bit of everything—adventure, fantastic worlds, a hero's quest, and romance.” ~Amazon Reviewer

"My heart hammered and I couldn't tear my eyes away from the page. I felt every emotion the characters did, I laughed, I cried, I felt fear while reading this book."~Amazon reviewer

"If you like the Percy Jackson, Fablehaven, or the Harry Potter series, you'll love this!"~Amazon reviewer

"The Dream Keeper is a fun, fantastic ride through both Dream and Nightmare. Brooks has written a book that can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Bravo!" ~Michaelbrent Collings, bestselling author of The Billy Saga

“This really is a cracking novel. Action-packed and spellbinding!”~Cas Peace, author of The Artisans of Albia series

About the Author

Mikey Brooks is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you'll catch him dancing the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown up. He is an award winning author of the middle-grade fantasy adventure series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. His other middle-grade books include: The Gates of Atlantis: Battle for Acropolis and The Stone of Valhalla. His picture books include the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures, Trouble with Bernie, and Bean's Dragons. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer, and author. His art can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the imagination of children can create. As a member of the Emblazoners, he is one of many authors devoted to 'writing stories on the hearts of children' ( You can find more about him and his books at:

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