So, I missed my chance to meet Neil Gaiman in Phoenix this week. Admittedly, I had been depressed about it for several days. I really wanted to meet my favorite writer who was so passionate about the arts. Ugh, I was kicking myself for forgetting to look into the tickets when all the crazy events was going on at once. -_-;; This was going to sound corny, but I did had a cool dream that he showed up at my book signing! I just sat there, staring at this enigmatic man as he held a copy of my novel. Before I could start signing, I rushed over to the fantasy section and pulled out “Coraline”, “M is for Magic,” “Stardust,” and other stories. As soon as I returned to my desk, I told him that it was only fair trade. He simply laughed as he started signing away. So…maybe I still have a chance to meet him. I don’t know when, I don’t know how. But there is still hope. I just gotta do what I can to make my dream of being a writer come true. Maybe we could end up writing an episode of Doctor Who together.
Hey, it could happen. It doesn’t hurt to be a little hopeful, right? :)
Little Cat, Little Cat Such a curious creature you are. Your misty eyes glowing with mischief. Your thin, deceitful smile hiding your innocence.
Little Cat, Little Cat Such loud thoughts whirling in your head. The keen excitement dance upon your delicate whiskers. Do you feel the speck of dust tickling your ears?
Little Cat, Little Cat One voice cries so pitifully that it could break a maiden’s heart. Another voice murmurs softly, singing songs of jubilation. A voice spits out sibilant words that ignite malevolence.
Little Cat, Little Cat What do you dream of as you sleep? Fish swimming beneath the crystalline ice of a frozen pond? Prowling through the thick jungle, to prove your ancestors’ glory?
Little Cat, Little Cat Though your unpredictable nature confuses me, It’s that trait that outshines your beauty and grace. A divine creature, indeed.
“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”—Neil Gaiman (via definitelydope)
Everybody knows the best way to get an acceptance letter is to write well (duh!) and target submissions well. But did you ever stop to wonder what red flags professional readers look for when they’re slogging through piles and piles of manuscripts?
People who are reading submissions (reading them until their eyes cross) also have short cuts. They look for red flags. They use them as signposts that can mean “this might end up being a rejection.”
Here are the MOST COMMON red flags we see in the submissions that our Review Board (usually but not necessarily always) ends up rejecting.
Hmmm. now I know what I should be on a look out for.