Thursday, April 30, 2015

April 2015 follow-up

One of the things I said in that last blog was that I looked at two agencies but I gave a link to only one. Here's the second.. It's Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc.  Originally I selected this agency for my non-fiction work (biographies), but I also have novels. I need to take a closer look at this agency when I'm closer to send queries.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Best laid plans

Best laid plans of mice and men often go astray (or something like that, apologies to Robbie Burns).  So, this month my plans are to continue my writing and researching for writing, and post some of this here in the blog. Most especially, I want to post about agents' and publishers' websites. Ideally, that would mean weekly blogging--something I'm not used to doing, but we'll see how I get along with it.
As usual, I'm behind time with it, because I should have blogged about this on Saturday, so I'm about four days late. Not too bad. I can always meet deadlines imposed by others (such as professors or editors) but when it's "just me" I tend not to take it so seriously. Not a good quality!
Anyway: On Saturday I looked up websites for two agents. The first, was Strothman Agency . Unfortunately, I found that they are looking for scholars and journalists, and I doubt if they'd be interested in any of my children's stories. I thought of that agency in regard with a book of biographies that I thought I'd already finished. But when I read over what I have written, I realized that there is a lot of work yet to be done on it. Nevertheless, I'll keep writing the biographies and searching for an agent or publisher for it.
My best laid plans? So far, so good.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

March is over already

February was too stressful to post blog entries, so there's not much there. March has been better. Now even March is over and I'm pausing to look back. All the courses at CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) are over now, as far as I know.  We've learned a lot. Now, my husband's sight is gradually improving, but he is still unable to see well enough to read, and he'll never drive again.

As for me--my stress level is better, but I'm still close to the edge sometimes. Driving seems to be the biggest stressers. I try to keep that to a minimum, but can't cut it out altogether. Not and get to all the medical appointments, etc.

Also--the writing course ended on Monday. I'm really going to miss it. Over the past three months of that course, I've written some very valuable scenes for a book I intend to finish. Didn't write the whole book, though. It would have been better if I could have done that. Three months is not sufficient time, however. Maybe there'll be another course I can take in September.