For those that couldn’t attend, you missed out. James is an entertaining, informative and fun speaker. His interaction with the group, with occasional avant-garde statements, really perk up an audience with laughter and thought. We also have to admit that there might be a little bit of genius marketing going on. By the end of the night “rejecting SALVATION” (James’s upcoming book) or “SALVATION will be available for purchase” had taken on a twisted meaning, especially considering the uber-religious facets of Utah County—the joke never got old.
For those that were unable to come, here is his handout with UVW commentary / additional lecture notes in green:
James admitted this may seem trite, but it is essential. He gave two steps and one reality on this in accomplishing this:
He also noted that not everyone has to throw away 1,000,000 words, but it’s about learning to find your voice–this takes time and lots of practice.
Finish your book, get it reviewed/critiqued, have the courage to submit it . . . Put yourself out there. Two additional things of advice were:
*Lisa Mangum, co-incidently, will be speaking in-depth on “Queries” Dec. 18th.
Find the person that loves your book just as much as you do. The person that wants it to succeed as much as you do. Specifically:
Once you get into the slush pile, as he quoted Lisa Mangum, the best way to get out of it with your awesome, finished book is your query.
Query and Book audience, “You must know your audience. Point to a number for the age of your reader.”
Don’t be the person that proves they cannot read or follow directions. If you not reading and following the guidelines, you are only hurting yourself.
Too many people are looking for their book to make it, when the industry wants to see books. There is waiting time. Write a novella, a short story or something that expounds further on things, or start a new story. The point is, keep learning and practicing.