From Writing to Publishing

Moonlight in Bookstores

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All right, Day 1 of seeking out literary agents. Here we go!

We already know writers are a bunch of plagiarist, so the mission I’m sending you on should come as no surprise. Let’s get started.

Objective 1: Get thee to a bookstore!
Objective 2: Find your genre.
Objective 3: Pick up a book in your field – specifically age-range and look/feel of said book.
Objective 4: Camp out for a week.

What? I said we were going to keep this short and sweet. I’m delivering 1/2 of my bargain, so chill out. I will aim to publish a new segment weekly for this mini series, giving step-by-baby-step instructions. In the meantime, feel free to talk amongst yourselves, jot down notes or thoughts, doodle on some paper, twiddle your thumbs, whatever it is you prefer to do.

Until next time!

Fanny T. Crispin

Series Title:
*Literary Agents – Where Are They Hiding???
Subtitle:
*Week One; Moonlight in Bookstores

From Writing to Publishing

Literary Agents – Where Are They Hiding???

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You’re a writer. You have a novel – a manuscript, a finished document. You want to get it published. But what the heck do you do? If you’re like me, you know writing. You’ve done tons of research. You’ve edited. You’ve sweat, bled, and cried to bring this love-child into the world. But what do you do with it now that it’s here?

Let’s explore this foreign land. I’ve touched on this process before and you can find more helpful hints in Writing Help. But, honestly, finding and querying an agent can be a daunting task, so this series will break it down into a few small steps. We’re going to keep it as underwhelming as possible.

Let’s get started, shall we?

In this series, we are going to:
1. Moonlight in Bookstores
2. Stalk Acknowledgements
3. Investigate Leads
and finally,
4. Interrogate Agents (Politely!)

Let’s keep it fun, real, and lighthearted. After all,…this can be a scary process. But you can do this, because I believe in you, and you should, too.

This has been,

Fanny T. Crispin

Books and Affiliated

Latest Project

Coming soon spring of 2016

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ForeverSpeel is an old story. I can’t even remember how it came to be. I remember struggling for years trying to write this, and I think it was one of the challenges my sister and I formed together. Regardless, I finally finished it last year and decided this would be my next publishing venture.

Here is a sneak peak at the cover. I can’t guarantee it won’t change a bit over the weeks, but I feel very confident with it. The process of developing covers for my books is getting easier. The initial idea brews in my head for a few months while I’m working on the novel. There are a few moments of stressing that it won’t turn out, but when I start Googling for inspiration, all the pieces fall into place quickly. When I’m ready to sit down and draw, it’s there. It’s just waiting. And it’s perfect. (Minus a few tweaks from my artistic evaluators).

I’m excited for this one to hit the market. This adventure is sure to spark imagination.

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Sir Ivan’s Train Updates

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I realize I haven’t written a blog in awhile, but let me tell you, the rail tracks are rumbling with activity! Sir Ivan’s Train part one “Dragon King” is due to hit the market November 2015. Choo choo!

This week I finished going through the manuscript with updates and corrections. Next I’ll print it out and proofread with my handy-dandy red pen. It’s like my Sith sabersword…

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Then off to the real editors!

Last night I was working on the artwork going into the book. This is exciting, because I never thought I would become a published author–let alone an illustrated published author. See, Aunt Janie, I AM doing something with my art! I’m liking how they are turning out. Do you want to see? I’ll give you a sneak peek. Shhh! Show your friends…

Sir Ivan's Train
Sir Ivan’s Train
Sir Ivan's Train
Sir Ivan’s Train
Sir Ivan's Train
Sir Ivan’s Train