Monday, July 6, 2009

Dear Kerrie

Dear Writing Bug Readers,

My personal writing journey over the past 10 years has provided me with experiences in freelance writing, query writing, self-publishing, proposal writing, teaching, contests, column writing, short stories, essays, editing, critiquing, blogging, PR and marketing.

My role as Director of Northern Colorado Writers (NCW) has allowed me to follow my passion of supporting and encouraging writers. In addition I organize the annual NCW conference and through that have met agents, editors, authors, motivational speakers, and many amazing writers.

Because of all of this, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in the world of writing and publishing. I want to share whatever information I can with other writers so I will be devoting each Monday's blog to answering your writing-related questions as well as questions I get from the Northern Colorado writing community.

So send me your questions by Friday each week. No question is too small or too big and I will do my best to get to all of them.

Happy Writing!


Lost Wanderer said...

Dear Kerrie,

This is fantastic. Thank you. So I will start with a question...when writing in different genres, how does one approach an agent?

I write fantasy and mainstream ethnic fiction. My ethnic fiction is the first book I will finish and start looking for an agent. So what do I say regarding future plans? As a new writer, how can I make sure of getting an agent who won't be put off by genre difference?

Thank you

Betsy Ashton said...

Dear Kerrie,
I'll add another question. I have completed what I consider women's fiction. It could also be called a whydunit. It could also be called contemporary fiction.

Since the definitions of women's and contemporary fiction often overlap, I am considering querying agents who specialize in either genre.

Any advice??

Kerrie said...

Here is a question that came via email from Kathleen:

I think this is a great idea. I'll be among the first to hop on with a question.

Your conference this past winter gave me the confidence to finally start my YA fiction novel. Now I halfway through, and wondering what will happen when I'm done. I've heard I should set it aside and "let it marinate" for awhile, and then go back and edit. But I'm wondering, how long should all of this take? And should I be starting to think about the marketing side yet?

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