I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—writing and query contests are good. I’m not talking about the results, however, I’m talking about the process. Along the journey is where you meet all the fun people on the way to your destination. Amanda Burckhard just began this trip, so let’s encourage her along its path.
AG: Tell us about your current project.
AB: It’s a suspenseful YA paranormal about a girl who inherits psychic abilities and accidentally unleashes the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
AG: Is it your first book?
AB: It’s not the first book I’ve written, but it is the first one I’m querying. No one shall ever lay eyes on the others.
AG: How did you tackle the revision process before you queried? Did you use CP’s?
AB: After I finished it completely, I practically danced in relief. I let it sit for a few weeks and then did a read through. I’ve had a few CP’s and beta readers go through it and I’ve ended up doing about 6 major edits based on their suggestions. The story is so much different from what it was I hardly recognize it, but I know it’s so much better now.
AG: What was the querying process like for you? Any tips?
AB: To be honest, I’m just starting in the querying process. But so far, I’d have to say it’s rough! Perfecting my query was harder than writing my novel! I know they say most people rack up rejections in the triple digits before they land their agent, and I’ve only heard back from a few agents. But each one still stings. I’m sure I’ll get used to it....maybe.
AG: Do you blog? Where can we find you on Twitter and the internet?
AB: I do have a blog. http://hopefulfuturedoc9.blogspot.com/ and I’m on twitter. @AmandaBurckhard
AG: What online resources have you used to help your writing and querying and revision process?
AB: I found www.agentqueryconnect.com a few months ago and I absolutely love it. The people there are super friendly and the forums are a great way to perfect your query or get information on agents. I also like to use www.querytracker.net to find agents.
AG: Any extra info you’d like to add or discuss?
AB: I guess I would just add some advice people have given me. Use beta readers. A good beta readers advice is invaluable. Don’t ever give up. Even if your current novel doesn’t land you an agent or sell, it could be the next one. Or the next one. Write what your heart tells you to. Not what people are whispering in your ear.
AG: Thanks so much for joining us! I think your book sounds fun—I’m an apocalyptic-unleashing type gal myself—so best of luck!