Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Musings 7/30/14 ~ Writer’s Digest: How About Our Lit Agent Stories?

It’s Wednesday and I’m sitting here having my coffee and taking one last stab at looking up literary agents.  I’ve been at this game for awhile.  I know we’re not supposed to say that, but sometimes you have to wonder why not?  I’ve read articles where the writers says, don’t say you’ve been trying to get published for a long time.  So saying, “I’ve been working to be published for years,” will cause agents and editors to be turned off?  I always thought that when you worked to achieve something for several years or more that it showed determination to succeed.  That you truly wanted what you were fighting for.  That you developed experience that no one else had.  It’s how you succeed in business and writing and publishing although a love, is also a business.

My research often involves stopping by Writers and partaking of the various articles including the How I Found My Literary Agent forum by Chuck Sambuchino, which is always of interest.  But something I noticed, and I just tweeted @ChuckSambuchino to ask – I mean, asking never hurts right?

Many of the postings are from authors, and props to them, who were able to obtain their agents within a few months to a year.  It’s wonderful but – what about those of us who haven’t quite yet reached that pinnacle?  Looking at them perhaps the rest of us may wonder, what are we doing wrong?  We’re doing everything that needs to be done.  We’ve done a complete Remington Steele, you know, studied and apprenticed, we’ve read, we’ve written, we’ve had our work beta-read, and we wrote the perfect query.  We’ve had bites, we’ve even published online but we have still haven’t quite made it.
Then of course, the doubts start creeping in.  That little voice that says, you know exactly why you haven’t received an offer.  You try to ignore it but it isn’t always easy.  A little encouragement goes a long way.

I believe it would be helpful if the forum posted a story from someone who had to take a big chunk of their lives before they succeeded for various reasons.  Life sometimes gets in the way.  Did I say sometimes?  How about a ridiculous number of times?  It would be very heartening to see that despite this, there is success at the end of the tunnel.
Now I know people have to volunteer to post but as previously stated, I’m hoping there is somewhere in the archives, an instance like this.  And if not, I’d like to encourage my fellow authors who had to take the long road to an offer to post.  From the site and as Chuck Sambuchino wrote, “If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at and we’ll talk specifics.”

I for one would be very interested in seeing these stories.  Anyone else?  Post your support here.

It’s off to the 9 to 5 for me in a little bit.  Have a fab day, everyone!

CJ Black

Thursday, July 10, 2014

MUSING ~ 7/10/14. So how long is a hiatus supposed to be?



Just dropping by for a look see and I’ve found I have a bit of things to catch up on.  I don’t believe I mentioned before that I’m on stay-cation again this week and apparently, it’s just what I needed.  I had a few bad spots but all and all I feel pretty good.  Hell, even my chiropractor said stay-cation obviously worked well on me as he didn’t have quite as much trouble with my monthly physical therapy.

I’m not quite sure if this spells the end of my hiatus. I did do something that I haven’t done since back in the day.  Are you ready for this?  I sent Tinderbox directly to a publisher – DAW Books to be exact.  I’m assuming I don’t have to tell you who they are?  Just in case here’s their Wikipedia Page and their site on Penguin.

DAW Wikipedia Page

DAW Books Site

They are pretty much the biggest and the only publisher of straight science-fiction and fantasy and they’ve been around since the 70’s.  I’m really hoping for this one because I’ve wanted to be published by them for a long time.  So fingers and toes crossed for me!

I also did a bit of work on Soul Fires (Souls Inflamed) but I’m not going to force myself to do more than I’m feeling like.  Still it was nice to get back to pecking away at the old keyboard again.

My Big Brother’s Birthday is Saturday and I’ve sent him happily on a three day fishing trip, which means the house is all mine – I plan on getting a lot of sleeping done and eating junk food.  Drake’s Devil Dogs were on sale 2 for $6.  Top that off with Nabisco Chocolate Chunk Cookies and a big quart of chocolate milk and I’m all set!

And I spent a bit of time at Barnes & Noble as well.  Not a sit down but I did buy two new books, Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer, and The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney.

So as this post and my stay-cation comes to a close I’m going to do what I did today and take several naps throughout.  Then my garden.  I’ve already done my shopping and perhaps a bit more writing.  Have a great weekend all.


Peace ~



P.S. Happy Belated Fourth of July! 


Friday, June 20, 2014



It’s a nice morning and I’m sitting here drinking coffee, watching YouTube and giving a few things some thought.  Well actually I’ve been giving this a lot of thought for awhile.  As much as I like being online I have to take some time away.  Even my brother says I have a lot on my plate.  Between work with OT, school with homework and just keeping house in general, I feel I need to focus on those.  I’m also starting internal courses at my job.  You have to keep climbing that corporate ladder, right?  I may even have to get a second job because things are getting pretty tight.  Which will probably use up my weekends, unless I do overnight, which at this point is a strong possibility.

As to my writing?  There’s nothing really going on, on that front lately and there hasn’t been for awhile.  It’s come to a complete standstill.  I’m still waiting to hear on a few things but I don’t feel the need to monitor everything anymore since it’s been so long and half the time I never hear anyway.  I know I have things to finish and I suppose I will eventually, but right now, this is what I need to do.

I’m not certain what else to say.  I’m also actually thinking of cancelling many of my social media accounts (not Facebook) because having a membership hasn’t as far as I can tell, helped me make sales and I don’t believe I’ve had any reviews in awhile either.

Maybe I’m being overly-dramatic but really, it gets tedious checking your email and all you have is other authors requesting you purchase their works once you accept or requests to join groups or message boards.  Wow, that sounds really bad doesn’t it?  Now I’ll probably not get anymore requests! 

At any rate, it’s off to work for me.  I’m not sure how this will turn out and I’m not going to try and guess.  I’ll just have to wait and see or at the very least check back in later.




Note: I wrote this early this morning but am just now posting it.  Thanks