Found My Missing Map and — Who’s That?

See Drat — Wrong Computer. I spent a few minutes fussing around because I could not find my map. 

When I got home, I searched the other computer and found a few things:

1. The map (Yay!)

2. The other map. …

Drat — Wrong Computer

What an embarrassing first-world problem to have. 

I’m a fan of the 3-stage Hero’s Journey — Departure, Initiation, and Return. And I’m a technical writer, so the structure is evident without shame or pretense. …

Roget’s Thesaurus: a Taxonomy of Concepts

As a child, I treasured the family copy of Roget’s Thesaurus. As a taxonomy of words and a compendium of knowledge, it often set me to dreaming about the various lists and sub-lists of related concepts. …

The ABC’s of Querying

I don’t know much. I haven’t sold any fiction (yet). But there might be an “Always Be Connecting” gem buried somewhere under a mountain of details. Or. I might have uncovered a simple “water is wet” thing that’s new to me and pretty clear to everyone else.

More Pitch-Writing Practice

Ignorance is a problem. Of the 50 series in the Book Riot list, I’m familiar with about half. The rest are new to me, and the pitches — as a consequence — are a bit opaque. 

See Querying and Pitch-Writing Practice

Pitch-Writing Practice, part II

See Querying and Pitch-Writing Practice for the background on this.

I sliced off content I identified as “Critic’s Summary.” They’re meta-speech, focused on the actual performance of a book, not sales-speech enticing and agent to read the supplied chapter.

Querying and Pitch-Writing Practice

I think I’ve found a way to work on my pitch. I’ve read a lot of pitch-writing advice. Of course, we want the words of someone who’s sold something like what we’re selling. But. A pitch is a focused bit of poetry, so it’s really hard.

 © F. L. Stevens 2019