27 March, 2013

Bothersome head colds

I awoke to a pounding in my temples that could have demolished a city block. I've never had a migraine before, so I don't know if this qualifies, but I am treating it like a head cold. I spent the first four hours of the day sleeping it off, so I didn't get out of bed until 11:30AM.

Naturally, I fell prey to the "Eyes are bigger than my stomach" symptom, which means I'm regretting the omelet, ham, toast, and apple butter. The skim milk, however, seems to have settled my stomach.

Now that I can clearly think, I might attempt organizing my thoughts for this next scene in Uncertain Heirs, but if I can't I'll at least leave you with another bit of inspiration.

29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent by Carole Blake

Even though I intend to self-publish, I will still query agents in hopes of taking the professional step towards becoming a full-time author. In no way am I belittling the self-publishing route -- in all honesty, I think it could be the best route for a beginning author. You have the freedom to advertise your novel how you want, and build a fanbase early. And who knows? Agents may come querying you.


  1. That list is funny (don't submit to me under the bathroom stall door, lol), yet helpful.

    You know, I think that so many people think, "If I submit differently, I will stand out and make a great impression, and that might be my ticket to publication." Maybe that's why they submit strawberry scented manuscripts or try to sneak the manuscript under the bathroom stall door. They aren't willing to get in line with the rest of the world.

    Luckily, I have heard of these before, and I am always sure not to break one of the rules.

    In summary, when you submit, the only thing that should not be "vanilla" is your plot. Everything else better be done by their standards.

    Good link though. I'm going to bookmark it!

  2. Indeed. Even though I plan to self-publish, I plan to follow the rules for manuscript submissions if I do find an interested agent.



Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.