Update on my Writing Journey

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How are you all doing?! Hope your February has been doing alright. Anyway, I haven’t posted a blog post about my writing lately, so here it is!

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I posted a query post way back in June about my start at the querying trenches and sadly, eight months later, not much luck has come from it. However, I’ve participated in a few twitter pitches throughout 2018 and I’ve gotten some luck there with a few agents liking them, yet I still haven’t found my match for representation. What I’ve learned in this very long eight month period, is that querying is overly exhausting, and it makes you feel like giving up, but finding your match will not happen over night. I am still going at it with about thirty rejections. The querying won’t stop until I know I’ve reached my limit and I know it is the end. And if that happens, I’m just going to have to move on and query later with another one of my projects. I WILL FIND MY MATCH and I know it’s out there!

Now apart from querying I have been working on another novel. And in fact, the very first draft has finished, and the six-week waiting period to start revisions is over and it’s revision time for the second draft. I’ve been revising and two chapters are edited and I’m on to the third! What is it about? Well, it is a horror novel because that’s the genre I write in. It is an adult coming of age, and I am really excited about it. And of course, there is a cosmic/sci-fi theme as well; I didn’t forget about that! Oooh, I just have a really good feeling about this one!

During that six-week waiting period I didn’t give up writing completely, I was working on something that might become a project some time down in the road. I wrote about 10k words of it during then, which I was surprised I had written that much. It is another horror novel with those cosmic/sci-fi sub-genres as well, but I was trying it as young adult. Right now, the project has ceased, yet I will come back to it in the future.

Well, that’s what’s been up lately with my writing! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I hope you give me a follow!

See you later!

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❤ T. A. Nelson

I’m a writer who’s working on books and is in the query trenches. Follow me on here as well as on twitter @WriterInHorror 

 

 

 

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Reading Now – The Tommyknockers

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“Stephen King never stops giving us his all” (Chicago Tribune) in this #1 national bestseller about the idyllic small town of Haven, Maine, and its encounter with a deadly evil out for a diabolical invasion of body, soul—and mind.

Something was happening in Bobbi Anderson’s idyllic small town of Haven, Maine. Something that gave every man, woman, and child in Haven powers far beyond those of ordinary mortals. Something that turned the town into a deathtrap for all outsiders. Something that is buried in the woods behind Bobbi’s house. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, they uncover an alien spaceship. And as they learn more about this strange discovery, the citizens of Haven begin to change: The townspeople are being welded into one organic, homicidal, and fearsomely brilliant entity in thrall to the Tommyknockers, who piloted the alien ship.

In Tommyknockers, “Stephen King at his best” (San Francisco Chronicle), King has given us a “brilliant, riveting, marvelous” (The Boston Globe) novel. “You will not be able to put this down” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). And the next time someone raps at your door, you may want to keep the chain on. It just might be the Tommyknocker Man.

❤ T. A. Nelson

I am a writer who’s working on books and is seeking representation. Follow me on here to see what I am reading next and follow me on twitter as well @WriterInHorror 

Reading Now – The Penguin Book of Witches

I’m back again with another WHAT I’M READING NOW post!

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Chilling real-life accounts of witches, from medieval Europe through colonial America, compiled by the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane and Conversion

From a manual for witch hunters written by King James himself in 1597, to court documents from the Salem witch trials of 1692, to newspaper coverage of a woman stoned to death on the streets of Philadelphia while the Continental Congress met, The Penguin Book of Witches is a treasury of historical accounts of accused witches that sheds light on the reality behind the legends. Bringing to life stories like that of Eunice Cole, tried for attacking a teenage girl with a rock and buried with a stake through her heart; Jane Jacobs, a Bostonian so often accused of witchcraft that she took her tormentors to court on charges of slander; and Increase Mather, an exorcism-performing minister famed for his knowledge of witches, this volume provides a unique tour through the darkest history of English and North American witchcraft.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

First of the Month: Reading Now

It’s officially December! The first month of Winter and the month of Christmas celebration. winter-snow-forest-1080p.jpg

So, to start off the month, here is a post of what I am now reading. Here it is –

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Edgar Award Finalist: This Miami-set crime thriller by a New York Times–bestselling author is “an exhilarating debut [and] a sizzling page-turner” (Publishers Weekly).

Gail Connor is a fast-rising attorney in a major law firm, about to make partner—until her life is derailed by the discovery of her sister’s murdered body and the quick revelation that Gail herself is the prime suspect. Gail must fight for her life as she gets a firsthand look at the dark underside of the legal system.

Written by a former prosecutor, Suspicion of Innocence is “a sun-drenched variation on the work of Scott Turow and Patricia Cornwell” (Library Journal).

Suspicion of Innocence is the 1st book in the Gail Connor and Anthony Quintana series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Reading Next

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“If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you’ll love Wendy Corsi Staub.”
—Lisa Jackson, bestselling author of Devious

One of the most exciting of the new breed of thriller and suspense writers, Wendy Corsi Staub asks, “Are you ever truly safe…even in your own home?” With Nightwatcher, the acclaimed, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Hell to Pay delivers a ripped-from-the-headlines masterwork of suspense, the first book in an electrifying new series. Intense, powerful, and refreshingly original, Nightwatcher returns to the site of America’s worst national nightmare—New York City on September 11, 2001—as a serial killer, plying his bloody trade in  the chaos following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, operates unnoticed by everyone…except for one frightened woman who has seen his face. Author Lee Child has called her work, “solid gold suspense,” and any reader who’s ever stayed up late, devouring the novels of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner with every light on in the house, should prepare to lose even more sleep over Wendy Corsi Staub’s Nightwatcher.

Reading Now

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From Tana French, author of The Witch Elm, “the most important crime novelist to emerge in the past 10 years” (The Washington Post), the bestseller called “the most stunning of her books” (The New York Times) and a finalist for the Edgar Award.

Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping hisi family’s cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. But on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn’t show. Frank took it for granted that she’d dumped him-probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again. Neither did Rosie. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie’s suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not.