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Re: August Goals #Goals

Hawthorn Mineart
 

I'd like to get 30,000 words of this novel done. That's doable.

Re: August Goals #Goals

Catherine Maiorisi
 

I don't write to an outline but somehow when I start writing my brain keeps me going in a logical direction. The book I've been working on for ten years was the product of Nanowrite. The pressure of writing 50,000 words in November and the idea to just keep writing caused me to go off in so many directions that it's taken years of sporadic attempts to wrestle it into a logical storyline. At least I hope so.

Good luck with your free written manuscript.

Catherine

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 1:44 PM Neil Plakcy <plax1612@...> wrote:
I have been working on a different kind of book for me, a collection
of short bits arranged like Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.
Rather than outline each of the stories for the main characters, I
pretty much free-wrote every day.

I was way more productive than usual, turning out a whole 200-page
manuscript in about two weeks, working for many more hours a day than
I usually do.

The problem with this method is that now that I am revising, I have a
lot of stuff to correct. Fortunately I am still engaged by the
project, though I'm spending a lot of time now on things I would have
otherwise figured out in an outline.

My goal is to get this beaten into shape by the end of the month, so I
can go on to other stuff.

And Jeff, I'm excited that you're working on a Hansen biography too.
What an interesting guy!


Neil Plakcy
SOLDIER DOWN, the new Mahu Investigation
www.mahubooks.com



August

Catherine Maiorisi
 

Just picked up a book that’s been in process for ten years. No title yet but it features another NYPD detective but this one is disgraced and investigating the twenty-five year Murder of her family, the current murder if her business partner (brokerage inherited from her dad) and a child prostitution ring. Someday I’ll write a simple story. It’s at 64,000 words so I’m two-thirds if the way their.Catherine Maiorisi

Re: August Goals #Goals

Leslie Karst
 

I've been mostly absent from this group for a while, but I'm excited to tell you all about my new project.

Although my Sally Solari mystery series does feature some lesbian and gay characters, the protagonist Sally is straight (though she did get a girl crush in one of the books).

But now--at the urging of my agent--I'm working on the first book in what I hope to be a series, with a lesbian as the protag. She's also 60 years old and married, so that's different too. The book is set on the Big Island of Hawai'i, and although it's a little scary starting something new, I'm hoping I can find a publisher and readership for a queer cozy.

aloha,
Leslie

--
Lefty Award-nominated author of the Sally Solari Mystery Series

     website: lesliekarstauthor.com
     blogs at: chicksonthecase and mysteryloverskitchen

Re: August Goals #Goals

Neil Plakcy
 

I have been working on a different kind of book for me, a collection
of short bits arranged like Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.
Rather than outline each of the stories for the main characters, I
pretty much free-wrote every day.

I was way more productive than usual, turning out a whole 200-page
manuscript in about two weeks, working for many more hours a day than
I usually do.

The problem with this method is that now that I am revising, I have a
lot of stuff to correct. Fortunately I am still engaged by the
project, though I'm spending a lot of time now on things I would have
otherwise figured out in an outline.

My goal is to get this beaten into shape by the end of the month, so I
can go on to other stuff.

And Jeff, I'm excited that you're working on a Hansen biography too.
What an interesting guy!


Neil Plakcy
SOLDIER DOWN, the new Mahu Investigation
www.mahubooks.com

Re: What are you working on? #WIPWeds

Dharma Kelleher
 

Same old, same old for me as well. I’m writing a prequel novella for my Jinx Ballou bounty hunter series. Queer women kicking ass in the name of justice. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com


On Aug 5, 2020, at 9:22 AM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

What's your current manuscript? Is it the same style you normally do, or are you trying something different?

I'm learning I can only write one book a year despite my best efforts, so it's the same ol' same 'ol for me. But at least it's fun! I like writing geek girl mysteries. Maybe one day I'll even find a publisher for one! :D
--

Bess
she/her
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

What are you working on? #WIPWeds

Bess Carnan
 

What's your current manuscript? Is it the same style you normally do, or are you trying something different?

I'm learning I can only write one book a year despite my best efforts, so it's the same ol' same 'ol for me. But at least it's fun! I like writing geek girl mysteries. Maybe one day I'll even find a publisher for one! :D
--

Bess
she/her
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: August Goals #Goals

 

I look forward to that biography Jeffrey. 
--
Author of the Mitch O'Reilly Mystery Series.

Also producer and host of the Gay Mystery Podcast

https://bradshreve.com/

Re: August Goals #Goals

Jeffrey Marks
 

I'll be working on a proposal for the biography of Joseph Hansen. 

Last week, I found a trove of magazines that included 1950s/1960s articles by Hansen under a pen name. I think that's going to be the basis of my new sample chapter, which I've started. The goal for the month is to try and finish the chapter. 

Jeff

--
Jeffrey Marks
www.jeffreymarks.com
Mystery biographer, nominated for the Edgar award, the Agatha, the Macavity, and winner of the Anthony award. 
Publisher, Crippen & Landru Publishers. 

Re: August Goals #Goals

Dharma Kelleher
 

I’m hoping to finish the rough draft of this novella. Shooting for 50K. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com


On Aug 4, 2020, at 2:33 PM, Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:

What's your plan for this month? What do you want to finish? Or start?

I want to get this manuscript to 65-70,000 words. Impossible? Yes. But hey, gotta reach for the stars sometimes, right?
--

Bess
she/her
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

August Goals #Goals

Bess Carnan
 

What's your plan for this month? What do you want to finish? Or start?

I want to get this manuscript to 65-70,000 words. Impossible? Yes. But hey, gotta reach for the stars sometimes, right?
--

Bess
she/her
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com

Re: July Goals Check-In #Goals

Ann Aptaker
 

Hi all!
I finished the next book in my Cantor Gold series and sent the manuscript to the publisher (hooray!) I'm recording a YouTube interview tonight with author D.M. Barr for her YouTube channel, then recording a podcast next week with author Debbi Mack for her Crime Cafe podcast. I'm really excited about both! Finally finished the edits on a novella and short story releasing later this year. Getting ready to deal with some short stories I'd been thinking about for a while but now finally have the time to do.
It looks like we've all had a busy July!
Love to everyone,
Ann

Ann Aptaker 

Author of the multiple award winning Cantor Gold series 

Novellas, short stories 

Facebook: Ann Aptaker, Author   Twitter: @AnnAptaker   Instagram: ann_aptaker 


Re: July Goals Check-In #Goals

Greg Herren
 

I managed to get a proposal for a new series finished and turned in (FINALLY) and am now back to work on a messy manuscript that feels like my own personal Vietnam--although there are actually two of them....so I need to finish this one and get to work on the other so I am done with them both finally.

I sold two short stories this month, which was also a nice ego boost.

xogreg

Re: July Goals Check-In #Goals

John Copenhaver
 

Super excited to read the review, Anne!

I have a Lambda review coming out this week … I’m writing up proposals for books 2 and 3 of my “Nightingale Trilogy.” 

I hope everyone is doing well!

-John

On Jul 29, 2020, at 9:21 AM, Anne <annie3310@...> wrote:

I'm preparing for the release of my sixth novel in September. And while that's going on I'm working on revisions to my seventh before plowing forward with the end. Also wrote my first review for Lambda Literary, which should be posted this week. Thanks to John Copenhaver for making that connection!


Anne Laughlin

Author of:
Sometimes Quickly
Veritas
Runaway
The Acquittal
A Date to Die
Money Creek (coming in September 2020)

--
Anne Laughlin
author of
Sometimes Quickly
Veritas
Runaway
The Acquittal 
A Date to Die

John Copenhaver
Fiction Writer
Lambda Literary Columnist
www.jcopenhaver.com
Twitter: johncopenhaver
Instagram: johncope74
he/him/his

Author of the Macavity Award-winning novel DODGING AND BURNING. Available now from Pegasus Books.


Re: July Goals Check-In

Eliot
 

Congrats to everyone on accomplishing all of your short-term and long term goals.

Eliot


From: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io <main@queercrimewriters.groups.io> on behalf of Dharma Kelleher <dharma.kelleher@...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 12:36 PM
To: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io <main@queercrimewriters.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Queercrimewriters] July Goals Check-In
 
Congratulations! 

I started out with just a few at first, just to get a feel for the process, work out the bugs. As I started getting rejections, I had a dozen or more active at a time. 

I found querytracker.net to be a great resource for finding agents and tracking submissions. Always check agents’ websites for the most updated information. 

FWIW, I submitted to 90 agents. I got no response from half of them. A standard rejection from a few dozen. A more personalized rejection from others. I got four requests for partials. Two requests for full manuscripts. I signed with one of those, ended up getting a two-book deal with Random House. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Aug 1, 2019, at 7:52 AM, Loretta <lorettamuses@...> wrote:

I finished it! Calling my first ever novel done, after 4-ish years. I also finished fixing up my query letter and synopsis, so now it’s onto the next phase and researching agents and sending out queries. I’ve already got two names I’ll send to right away, but would like to have another bunch sent out within the next few weeks. 

How many queries is good to have pending at a time, for those of you who’ve done this before? 

Re: July Goals Check-In

Dharma Kelleher
 

Congratulations! 

I started out with just a few at first, just to get a feel for the process, work out the bugs. As I started getting rejections, I had a dozen or more active at a time. 

I found querytracker.net to be a great resource for finding agents and tracking submissions. Always check agents’ websites for the most updated information. 

FWIW, I submitted to 90 agents. I got no response from half of them. A standard rejection from a few dozen. A more personalized rejection from others. I got four requests for partials. Two requests for full manuscripts. I signed with one of those, ended up getting a two-book deal with Random House. 

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher
Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick

https://dharmakelleher.com


On Aug 1, 2019, at 7:52 AM, Loretta <lorettamuses@...> wrote:

I finished it! Calling my first ever novel done, after 4-ish years. I also finished fixing up my query letter and synopsis, so now it’s onto the next phase and researching agents and sending out queries. I’ve already got two names I’ll send to right away, but would like to have another bunch sent out within the next few weeks. 

How many queries is good to have pending at a time, for those of you who’ve done this before? 

Re: July Goals Check-In #Goals

Anne
 

I'm preparing for the release of my sixth novel in September. And while that's going on I'm working on revisions to my seventh before plowing forward with the end. Also wrote my first review for Lambda Literary, which should be posted this week. Thanks to John Copenhaver for making that connection!


Anne Laughlin

annie3310@...


Author of:

Sometimes Quickly

Veritas

Runaway

The Acquittal

A Date to Die

Money Creek (coming in September 2020)


--
Anne Laughlin
author of
Sometimes Quickly
Veritas
Runaway
The Acquittal 
A Date to Die

July Goals Check in

Catherine Maiorisi
 

Completed the third NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli mystery but rewriting the last chapter before submitting to Bella.

Catherine Maiorisi






















Taking a Chance on Love
Ready for Love
The Blood Runs Cold- Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Golden Crown Literary Society Award Finalist
A Matter of Blood - Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Readers rave: Complex characters, well-written, intelligent, page turner, clever plotting, multi-layered, intense, instantly hooks you, couldn’t put down

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Re: July Goals Check-In #Goals

Gale
 

I wrapped up my short story collection, took two weeks off, and just started making notes on my third novel. This one is going to be about a runaway teenager who escapes a conversion program. I’m jazzed about it. 

Congrats on all the successes!

On Jul 29, 2020, at 7:54 AM, Jeffrey Marks <jeffrmarks@...> wrote:


I spent time on my biography proposal this month. Based on my research, I might write a new sample chapter for the proposal. I hired a research assistant for papers in WI. 

I am almost done with a second semi-autobiographical short story; it took a while to get there, but I'm pleased with it. 

Congrats to everyone on their work!

jeff

--
Jeffrey Marks
www.jeffreymarks.com
Mystery biographer, nominated for the Edgar award, the Agatha, the Macavity, and winner of the Anthony award. 
Publisher, Crippen & Landru Publishers. 

Re: July Goals Check-In #Goals

Jeffrey Marks
 

I spent time on my biography proposal this month. Based on my research, I might write a new sample chapter for the proposal. I hired a research assistant for papers in WI. 

I am almost done with a second semi-autobiographical short story; it took a while to get there, but I'm pleased with it. 

Congrats to everyone on their work!

jeff

--
Jeffrey Marks
www.jeffreymarks.com
Mystery biographer, nominated for the Edgar award, the Agatha, the Macavity, and winner of the Anthony award. 
Publisher, Crippen & Landru Publishers.