Where I write

I have been absolutely buried at work so sorry about the lack of new posts.

In the mean time check this out www.whereiwrite.com

Those of you who have seen my desk should have a nice little chuckle.



Published in: on June 15, 2009 at 10:55 pm  Comments (1)  

Clarifications on BEA

I am sure most of you have read the excerpt from Jane Friedman’s There Are No Rules and I just wanted to clarify a few points.

  • I am not bitter. I am sweet, just ask anybody.
  • I am NEVER going to give up trying to publish my work. I am really just getting started, other than BEA I haven’t even sent out a query yet as I am still polishing it. I am dedicated to doing it RIGHT. I have posted three query letters on this blog but I have written close to a hundred now, I only post the ones I like J .
  • I am working on my synopsis, again I would rather it be done well. I worked really hard on my novel, I am not going to send out anything that isn’t worthy of representing my work. I am sending stuff to people who judge writers for a living; I have to send out my best.
  • I had a great time at BEA, learned a lot of important stuff, met some great people, saw some friends I made in Cincinnati, and came away feeling like I had accomplished something. I am very glad I went.
  • Writing and publishing are long processes. Even if an agent calls me tonight and he sells my book tomorrow it’ll still be years before it hits the shelf. I am committed to completing those processes no matter how long it takes.

The reason I am posting this is after reading the posts I wrote about BEA and the comments on Jane’s blog. I just wanted to make sure everyone knows where I’m coming from.



Published in: on June 10, 2009 at 11:26 pm  Comments (2)  

U.S. fantasy writer David Eddings dies at 77

David Eddings was a great storyteller. I am sorry to hear that we lost him.

He lived in Carson City, up in Lakeview. I had the honor of meeting him a couple of times and I have a signed copy of The Ruby Knight.

He was a quiet gentleman, who like his stories, believed in the magic of human lives and relationships. I used to get excited when I spotted him around Carson City although he never really acted like the celebrity I thought he was.

His books were always fun and always interesting. His voice will be missed around the storyteller’s fire.

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Query Letter V3.0

Okay in addition to writing my synopsis I have been polishing the old query letter.

Here is my latest version.

Dear Agent type person

Jeff Heaven is a small time Ecstasy dealer working off-the-strip clubs pawning pills. Jeff’s friend Charles brings him a hit of a strange new drug called Midnight. The black pill is so dark that it seems to dim the lights around it. Jeff is concerned with the drug’s appearance but the effects are so incredible that he agrees to help his friend sell it.

As the drug spreads through the clubs and casinos, Jeff begins to realize that everything might not be what it seems. He hears whispering in the back of his mind and he doesn’t like what it is telling him. People who are using the drug start behaving strangely, violently, a crime wave breaks out in the city.

Niccolo Casciano is a straight laced Las Vegas Metro Officer, he knows little about street drugs and less about the supernatural. In one night he is about to learn a lot about both.

Tymon can feel the growing evil in his bones the way other men can feel approaching storms. The ancient priest scrambles desperately to find out what it is, and how to stop it.

Deep within the pastel shadows cast by neon lights a demon patiently watches as her essence is consumed by thousands. She grows in power and influence; soon she will have enough to return to our world and exact her vengeance.

Midnight in Vegas is a 125,000 word supernatural thriller that takes the reader from the high tempo club scene of Las Vegas and into the twilight realm of the Perimeter, the world between worlds.

 Thank you for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Lystra Pitts

Published in: on June 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm  Comments (2)  
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BEA Writer’s Convention Part Two

The crux of the whole thing is obviously the Pitch Slam. You can go anywhere and hear fantastic speakers talk about the things that were discussed in the various breakout sessions and speeches. You cannot find a room full of agents willing to listen to a horde of writers pitch their books anywhere but the BEA Writer’s Conference.

All in all I would say that the Pitch Slam went pretty much as I expected. I wish that it was a bit longer, I only got to speak to five agents in the two hours. Somehow the agents I wanted to talk to all had the longest lines and at 3 minutes a pop you burn through two hours fairly quickly.

My biggest disappointment of the trip was not being able to pitch to Janet Reid. I watched her during several panels and the Pitch Slam prep and I have to say she is as funny and clever in person as she is in her blog. That being said she was also the most sought after agent in the room. Her line when I first saw it held way over thirty people. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a line that size equals at least ninety minutes. I took a gamble and decided to pitch a few other agents whose lines were shorter then get into Janet’s line. Sadly at four thirty when I went to get into her line it was closed (and so was t lines for half the other agents I wanted to talk to.) I am still wondering if I made the right decision, but I need to get over that and concentrate on the agents I did speak with.

I am happy to say that two agents of my five were interested enough in my pitch to request more material. The other three will obviously hate it when I’m on the NY Times bestsellers list.

My two incredibly insightful agents were Sandy Lu of the L. Perkins Agency and Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown.  Both requested a synopsis and my first fifty pages. I am happy that I went to the Writer’s Digest Editors Intensive and already have had an editor look at my first fifty pages. I feel confident that they are strongly written and hopefully will get the agents interested in more. The synopsis is another story.

I haven’t written a synopsis. Anyone thinking of going to the BEA Writer’s Convention or any other place that allows you to pitch agents listen up. They tell you to finish your manuscript before you start to query or pitch your work well I’m going to add one more to that. Finish your synopsis. I have spent all weekend working on my synopsis and it turns out, synopsis writing is a bitch.

Imagine writing a book report on your book. Doesn’t sound fun does it. Trust me it isn’t. The worst part is I feel like I am scrambling to get it done. I want to strike while the iron is hot. I want to get this synopsis and my first fifty into these agents email inbox as quickly as possible, before they forget who the hell I am (not that I am that sure they’ll remember anyway they had to have met a lot of writers that day).

So if you are querying or pitching bite the bullet and write that synopsis today, you’ll be glad you did.

Okay wasted enough time blogging, now back to the bloody book report.