The Information You Have Been Waiting For

Float 33, Neutral ground side

nyxIf you live in New Orleans, this makes sense. Yes, I am riding in a Carnival Parade. I waited 18 months to be invited to join the Mystic Krewe of Nyx. This is the 4th year Nyx will parade. The Krewe has 1511 female riders, making it the third largest parade in Carnival and the largest woman’s Krewe ever.  I’d tell you the theme of the Nyx parade, but it’s a secret. You have to be a member, come to the parade, or read about in the paper the next day.

rejectedSadly much of the writing/publishing business is like the first line of this blog, confusing. I’m hoping what I write today about agents and publishers will help you.

I’m in the process of finding an agent/publisher for my completed YA novel, The Whole Plot’s Crazy. And guess what, I am NOT enjoying it. I’d much rather be writing a book than query letters and a synopsis. I didn’t know how much I disliked this aspect until I asked a fellow reader to comment on my synopsis. Her reply:  “Your disdain for writing a synopsis is evident.” Ouch!


When your novel is finished or you have completed the book proposal for a nonfiction book, a great site to bookmark is Preditors and Editors.  This is why I like them.

1. The site has a great list of publishers and gives brief info about them, such as vanity press (means you pay to be published) subsidy press (you pay to published) POD (Print on Demand), traditional publisher, recommended, or not recommended, etc. This data base is searchable.

contract2. Their agent listing is fantastic. On the left hand side of their home page, click on Agents and Attorneys. And for FREE, yes FREE you can set up a query tracker. Great way to keep track of whom you have submitted queries, You may also post comments and read comments  from others who have sent queries to this agent. In addition, you may search the agent data base by agent name, name of the literary agency, kind of books the agent wants, (fiction, nonfiction, and genre) and sort the files in various way.  For a small fee you can have more features, but I’ve found the free membership more than adequate.


Nyx purse

As for the Nyx Parade, if you are in the New Orleans area on Wednesday, February 11, I’ll be on float 33 of 36 floats (second part of a tandem float), on the neutral ground side, third person back. Why such detailed info?  We are all masked and dressed alike.

Yell “Throw me something author” and ‘ll throw you beads, trinkets or our signature throw, a hand crafted purse.

nyx beads

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