Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted.

As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.

There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:

First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.

Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.

Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.

So we've shut it down. We've moved on.

If you liked our comments and our posts, you can check us out on our individual blogs:

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

So, Do You Like My Submission Or What?

Posted by Ready, Aim, Hook Me at 9:38 PM
“Hey, hook’ers! What’s the deal-io? Where’s my review?”

I know, I know. It's like an agent or a publisher all over again. Except this time it's three women who willing accept the title of "hook'er" dangling the unknown over you. What's up with that? 

The three of us were surprised by how many submissions we’ve received. We’re plowing through the stack as fast as we can, I promise, but we are not even close to hitting the end. We’ve sent some rejections and a few requests for more, but we still have even more waiting for us.

Our plan is to have first round submissions dated through 6/7/11 looked at by next weekend (fingers crossed). After that, we are going to focus on getting our first review out, provided we stay hooked.

So what kind of things are we seeing?

*Here's the part where I wing it for the rest of the post because I have no idea what the heck to blog about. 

I’m actually surprised at the variety of genres we’ve received. I thought we’d get flooded with YA, but we have everything from Historical Fiction to Middle Grade with a bunch of Romance and Sci-fi in between.

There have been some submissions that I couldn’t get through the first page and others that I had me happily requesting more. There are some that are hastily published—sorry, but it’s true—and others that could be picked up now if someone would give a newbie a chance. Most could do with another round of edits and a read through from someone besides M-O-M.  

One of the biggest problems I see with several entries is starting the novel in the wrong place. A false start of sorts. Back story, unnecessary or boring prologues, aimless chatter, or scenes that don’t further the story are sitting center stage.

And the other biggie is the lack of sensory details. Sensory details not only plant pictures in our minds, but they help develop characters. We see what they see and how they react to it. One thing I've done to help me with this is to pay attention to the first five things I notice when I walk into a room. Those same five things will probably not be an exact match to everyone. Depending on gender, height, weight, perspective, age, whatever, what is important or catches our eye will be different. How we perceive them, describe them will also vary. It is our experiences, our personalities, our mood that day that shapes those details. Our characters aren't any different. 

So, here's an exercise.

 Look at the picture below. Without looking at anyone else's comments, tell me two things you notice right away. Are they the same things your MC would notice?  If you'd like to describe them using sensory details from either your viewpoint or MC, please share. If not, well, you'll have to wait and see (dot, dot, dot).

If you don't like the first one, try the second. 


Charlotte on June 23, 2011 at 11:59 PM said...

The Bat-winged building perched on the edge of the cliff raised the hair on the back of her neck. Someone was watching.

The river reflected the pumpkin glow of the setting sun, mocking his pain.

(you did say "first thing" we noticed, so first draft quality is okay, right?)

Gina Blechman on June 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM said...

The color of the sky and the ominous look and feel of the buildings.

<3 Gina Blechman

Jen Daiker on June 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM said...

Your blog is fantastic! Thanks to someone RT something on twitter I was able to find you and FOLLOW!

I loved this piece... so here I go, giving it a whirl.

First picture...

With the wake of the morning sun the honey glow spread warmth effortlessly across the land.

I stood on the balcony waiting for the warmth to hit me before sliding down the ropes and splashing into the water.

Elisabeth Hirsch on June 24, 2011 at 1:59 PM said...

The ledge and the water :0)

Ready, Aim, Hook Me on June 24, 2011 at 4:53 PM said...

All good observations. Thanks for commenting. Sometimes when I'm out with my husband I will ask him to tell me the first few things he notices just to see if we are different. I'm always surprised at what he picks up on. Makes me really think about what my characters "see." Thanks for commenting.

Brooke R. Busse on June 24, 2011 at 6:40 PM said...

I first noticed the building and what I thought was a road (blind I know).

In the second picture I noticed the girl and the picture behind her first.

Not very sensory that.

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