Nearing the End (of the year)

The end of the year always feels like a deadline of sorts. I had a lot of plans and goals (both work and personal) set at the beginning of the year and now, I’m trying my very best to ensure that I’ve achieved them all.

There are always a few things left hanging out there to be finished but this year I feel like I’ve had a good year. I didn’t get everything I’d planned finished, but I did get a lot of them. I also noticed that my writing seems to be gaining some momentum, which is also a very good thing.

In fact, I am moving my own schedule ahead a bit to try and get even more momentum going. I won’t say too much about that, but I am already planning several things for next year. Hopefully many of those plans will bear fruit. :)

My only real regret is I didn’t have time to write a Christmas story. This year I was seriously thinking about writing a Champ McKay story. For those of you who don’t know, Champ McKay is a serial story I am writing on Wattpad. It chronicles the adventures of an 1890’s Texas Ranger who accidentally hitches a ride into space.

The story and character are a lot of fun and I wish I had more time to write new episodes. That is part of my 2015 plan.

How about you? How did your 2014 go? Did you achieve everything/most/some/none of your goals? I’d love to hear from you and I will put up a new survey for you to answer if you don’t feel like emailing me. :)

Have a great one!

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Get Published Episode 143 – Agent Talk with Michael R. Fletcher

A topic of interest for many writers, myself included, is that of getting an agent. How do you find an agent? How do you properly query agents and what should you expect from the process. These are all questions that have run through my mind many times.

So when I heard the great news that Michael R. Fletcher had signed with an agent, I knew I had to talk to him. We had a great conversation about what he did to get an agent and what he is hoping to gain from the relationship.

And, as always, I would like to invite you to leave me any comments, questions, tips or any other feedback you might have.

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to podcast@michellplested.com. If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 143 – Agent Talk with Michael R. Fletcher

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 143 – Agent Talk with Michael R. Fletcher (continued)

Welcome to the show.

00:58 – Promo – Flash Pulp Podcast

01:34 Get Published Episode 143 – Agent Talk with Michael R. Fletcher (continued)

Mike and Jeff discuss:

  • Finding, querying and signing with an agent including what advantages an agent can bring.
  • Tor.com are doing a cover reveal and brief excerpt forBeyond Redemption on Jan 19th.

27:39 – Promo – Nutty Bites

28:17 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Websites mentioned in this episode:

Michael R. Fletcher – http://michaelrfletcher.com/

Michael R. Fletcher lives in some sprawling suburb with his wife and daughter. He writes science fiction and fantasy and is represented by Cameron McClure of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

His novel, Beyond Redemption, a work of dark fantasy and rampant delusion, is being published by HARPER Voyager and is slated for release June 16th, 2015.

His début novel, 88, was released by Five Rivers Publishing and tastes like dystopia with a dash of cyberpunk. 88 is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and elsewhere.
He is currently editing the next Manifest Delusions novel, The All Consuming, finishing the first book in a YA fantasy series, and being the best husband and dad he can be.

Flash Pulp Podcast – http://flashpulp.com/

Nutty Bites – http://nimlas.org/

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Permission to take a Break, Sir?

Last weekend I did something I’ve never done before – I gave myself permission to not write – something totally different than simply saying, “I’m not going to write tonight.”

Giving myself that permission meant I could go forward without feeling guilty about not writing. It also meant I could clear my mind of all the clutter for a few hours and only think about my stories in passing. It meant when the weekend was over, I actually felt refreshed and was ready to get back to my writing.

It was something entirely new for me. When I simply say I’m not going to write, the guilt that I’m not working on a story remains. The clutter of all the stories I have worked on or should be working on remains. When I get past the day of not writing I feel neither motivated nor rested so the vicious circle of not writing continues. Or I break the circle and struggle with the work.

That refreshed feeling actually had me itching to get back to my stories. Ultimately, I think that resulted in better writing and more of it than the struggled, gasping attempts I had been managing up to last weekend.

It isn’t like giving myself permission not to write meant I didn’t think of the writing at all either. I don’t believe my writing/story brain ever stops turning. But instead of forcing ideas to form I was letting them come naturally. The story I have most recently been working on worked itself through so the actual writing came much easier.

All-in-all, a thoroughly satisfying experiment and one I intend to repeat.

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