QUITE THE QUERY: WADE ALBERT WHITE AND MAGICK 7.0

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If you ask any writer about the process of connecting with their agent (or publisher), the majority will say the most difficult part was querying. Not only the actual process of sending out the letters/emails, but formulating the query itself. In fact, I’ve heard more than a few authors say writing their query took them almost as long as drafting their book!

Some people have the talent of being able to summarize their book in a few sentences, but for those who don’t I wanted to provide a resource where writers could learn what works, and what doesn’t, in a query.

With that in mind, I’m pleased to share today’s successful query from Wade Albert White. This great query connected him with The Elizabeth Kaplan Literary Agency.

Fourteen-year-old Anvil Wilhelmina Ironhide has an unusual problem (besides her name).

It’s not that she was discovered in a cryogenic chamber as a baby and never told…

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MONDAY MUSINGS: ON #PITCHWARS AND WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP WRITING

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Being a part of the PitchWars mentor community over the last several weeks has been an amazing experience. Not only is it great to connect with so many dedicated and intelligent writers, but it’s moving to see these same people fiercely committed to helping a writer find success in the publishing world.

As I’ve scrolled through the PitchWars tag, I’ve watched hopeful mentees participate in the games, look for critique partners, yet also share their uncertainty about their work. What I think is incredible is the number of other hopefuls who join in and try to lift others up. This is what is important about the PitchWars community. It’s not battling against one another for the attention of a mentor, but supporting each other through the process.

Writing can be a very lonely business. Unless you’re getting together regularly with a group, most of us spend hours alone in a room trying…

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HOMESCHOOLING CURRICULUM – FIRST SEMESTER

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Today my youngest daughter starts her senior year homeschooling. (Although each child actually gets 13 years or grades of schooling before college – 12 normal grades and one year of advanced studies and special projects).

My oldest daughter is studying Marine Biology and she is minoring in Psychology but my youngest daughter wants to study Art and Media. Below are her homeschooling curriculum texts for the first semester of this year.

Science:The Biology Book plus the writings of Hippocrates

Religion:Dark Night of the Soul (Saint John of the Cross)

Philosophy: an excellent lecture series on Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft (I took this lecture series myself.)

Literature: the short stories of Tolstoy and Chekhov

Business/Economics/Finance:The Road to Serfdom by Hayek

Mathematics: workbook plus the writings of Euclid 

Art: she will be taking the FA Art and Painting Composition study course and reading form the book Stagecraft

She…

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TRYING…

I have been extremely busy in this latter part of the summer.

Shuttling my wife around throughout the state, to Charleston and Columbia and elsewhere, so that she could make presentations and speeches for her company.

Getting my oldest daughter moved back into college.

Homeschooling my youngest child.

Working on my novels and start ups.

And preparing for Hell Week (more on that later).

Not much time for blogging.

Nevertheless I am hopeful things will calm down again soon.

So, I appreciate your patience.

Jack.

Quintessential Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine

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You are going to see a lot of torii in this post.

Torii are those ubiquitous vermillion arches you see around Japanese shrines. And they are the most famous feature of Fushimi Inari Taisha.

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