Archive for April, 2007

Monday, April 16th, 2007
Brenda Novak Auction–Heads up

I decided to donate two 50 page critiques to the Brenda Novak Auction. I usually give books to fundraisers, but this year I decided to do something a little different, since I haven’t been judging contests. I’m not claiming to be the best critique partner in the world. (Far from it.;) I do think that I do a decent job and would be able to help on your first fifty pages, if anyone out there is interested. The auction doesn’t start until May 1st (I believe.). There are a lot of AMAZING items up for bid. Something for everyone. I’m just letting you all know a little early, so that they can think about it. 😀 Maybe no one will want a critique from me. I can live with that. Sniffle. Cough. LOL!

Friday, April 13th, 2007
FFF Update & Lucky Number 13

Apparently a lot of people didn’t see the the update added to our previous post, so here’s the news again:

Due to the recent generosity of new judges volunteering and existing ones offering to do more, we were able to extend our allowed number of entries to 250 hooks. A big thank you goes out to our new/existing judges!

However, at this time we already have over 250 hooks in our system, so we still cannot accept more entries. What this does mean is that many of you who already sent your hooks in but would have been excluded can now participate in the contest.

Thanks again to our judges! There wouldn’t be a contest without them.

If you submitted an entry before 10:00 am Eastern time today, you should be in the contest! Numbers will be assigned to all 250 hooks and emailed to the authors in the next couple days.

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Am I the only person who thinks the number thirteen is lucky? I’ve been trotting around the blogsphere today and the general theme seems to be superstition. Everyone has been saying the same thing, Friday the 13th is a bad date. (Cue scary music here.) I know a lot of hotels don’t have thirteenth floors. But really, if you went around the world, you’d find a lot more numbers are considered unlucky and we don’t skip those.

I don’t know. Maybe I just don’t get it. I’m not saying that I am not superstitious about certain things, but for the most part numbers are exempt. I just don’t see the mathematical point. Am I alone?

Thursday, April 12th, 2007
All Over The Place

A quick reminder to let you know that the Fangs, Fur and Fey contest starts tomorrow. If you’re feeling frisky, throw your words into the hat. 🙂 What do you have to lose? The answer would be NOTHING.

Tonight dh and I are going out with a couple of friends to see a classic movie. The theater is playing Singing in the Rain on the big screen. Before anyone pokes fun at us, keep in mind that I have LOVED Gene Kelly since I was five years old. I was convinced I’d grow up and marry the man. (No, I didn’t get the whole age and movie thing at the time. Though I doubt it would’ve mattered to me, if I had. *g*) I’ve seen this movie well over a dozen times and own it on DVD, but I’ve never seen it on the big screen. I’m really looking forward to tonight, even though I’m sure that I will cry at some point. *ggg*

I’ve been on a new (and I hate to call it this, when it doesn’t feel like it) ‘diet’ for the past month and change. My dh and I tried Atkin’s home delivery. It worked for a while, but didn’t seem like a long-term solution. Recently we heard about a company who was doing the Zone diet. They deliver fresh food daily to your house. The food is fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten this healthy in my life. I’m not going to lie. It’s expensive. At least I think so, but I cannot believe the change it’s made to our health and mental well-being.

I’ve lost almost ten pounds. For the first time in my life, I’ve stopped thinking about food. For those of you who’ve never been on a diet, you probably don’t know what I mean by that statement. But it’s a HUGE deal to me. You have no idea what a relief it is NOT to think about food every minute of every day. It’s such an incredible relief. We plan to stay on it for as long as we can.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007
Are books getting harder to write?

Is it just me, or are books getting harder to write? I always knew that writing was difficult. Okay, I admit that in the beginning I didn’t realize that because I ignored things like craft and structure. I was so excited that I wrote a book that it didn’t occur to me that there was more to it. *g*

Sadly, this is how I approach many things.

That changed with these last three books. They were all difficult for various reasons. The Blaze was hard because frankly, they’re hard to structure. You get the layout or you don’t. I fall into the latter category. RED was hard because I’d never written a book in two different POV’s and it was my first serious attempt at paranormal suspense. Also, it was only the second single title that I’ve written. Yeah, that length is a bitch. LOL! The third book’s been HARD because I’ve never written in this genre…and I want it to be PERFECT. *ggg* Small detail.

I actually think the reason that writing is becoming difficult for me is because my plots are getting more and more complex. As you all remember, there was a time I fought to have a plot. Not any more. I’m coming up with some doozies.

If you’re a writer, has anything in the ‘process’ changed for you recently?

Monday, April 9th, 2007
First Round Additions Finished

I finished typing in the changes yesterday. The big question now is does it make sense? Answer: I have NO idea. I can’t read it right now. My face is smashed firmly against the glass. I can’t even make out a letter from this angle. Hopefully by the end of the week or the first part of next week I’ll be able to read the book in its entirety.

For now, I’m going to go watch the new Robin Hood and relax for a day or two. 🙂 Now that you’re coming down from your chocolate coma, what are your plans for the week?

Sunday, April 8th, 2007
Fangs, Fur & Fey Contest

Hello everyone, we have exciting news – Fangs Fur and Fey is hosting its first contest!

For those of you who’ve seen Miss Snark’s Crap-O-Meter or Lit Agent X’s GOT HOOK? extravaganza, you’ll have an idea of the format. Writers are invited to submit up to a 300 word ‘hook’ to us describing your novel. What’s a hook? Consider it a movie trailer for your book. It’s a brief description meant to entice and interest someone into wanting to read your novel. A hook does NOT list every character, subplot or setting detail – that’s a synopsis, and we don’t want those. You also don’t need to list your book’s title or word count. Just list the genre, your name and email address (these will not count toward your total word tally) and then go right to your hook. That 300 max word count will be strictly enforced, too – anything over it won’t be eligible.

We will be able to accept up to 180 hooks on a first-come, first serve basis. Start sending in hooks on Friday, April 13th (if you REALLY want to be first, you can do it as early as 12:01 am Friday the 13th, EASTERN standard time) and then we will close submissions on Sunday, April 15th at midnight – or until we get 180 hooks, whichever comes first. DO NOT POST HOOKS HERE. Email hooks to (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

All 180 hooks will be critiqued by our volunteer judges, members of Fangs, Fur and Fey (see below for list of judges). Now, though we love Miss Snark, these critiques will not be in her famous “WTF?” style, but will be overviews of what did or didn’t work for the hook and why. The critiqued hooks will be posted online at FFF on Monday, April 23rd. The author’s name and email address will NOT be made public. Instead, each hook will listed by number, and each author will be informed of their number when we receive his/her submission. Furthermore, the name of the particular judge who critiqued your hook will also not be listed, privately or publicly. Only the judges’ comments, the hook, and the hook number will be posted. Due to size, most hooks and comments will be under a cut – we don’t want to receive hate mail by clogging up everyone’s Friend pages with an extremely long Hook contest post.

Watchers will also be invited to offer comments on what did/didn’t work for them on hooks, BUT NO FLAMING, PEOPLE! This is supposed to be helpful, informative and fun, not rude, cruel or insulting. Any abusive comments will be deleted as fast as we see them.

You may be wondering, how can we call this a contest if there isn’t a prize? Well, aside from the feedback given by the judges and your own peers, don’t worry, we do have a prize! Out of those 180 hooks, judges will choose the best 12 to advance to the next round. Those writers will have thru Thursday, April 26th, to turn in the first 5 pages of their novel (double-spaced), also emailed to (Enable Javascript to see the email address) . These pages will be critiqued by our judges and posted online Sunday, May 6th in the same manner as the hooks. Out of those 12, judges will choose the best one overall. The final winner will then be announced on Thursday, May 9th and he/she will receive…

Rachel Vater raleva31 at Lowenstein-Yost has agreed to critique and offer feedback (NOT posted online at FFF, but directly to the writer) of the author’s first three chapters/50 double-spaced pages of their manuscript, plus their synopsis, if desired. Since most authors very much want a professional agent’s take on their novel, we think this is a prize that will really benefit the winning participant.

And here are some things you may be wondering:

1) What if my novel isn’t finished? Can I still enter the contest?

A: Yes, but you DO need to have at least the first three chapters or 50 pages (double-spaced) completed in case you’re the lucky winner.

2) But what if I don’t want my hook/first five pages posted online for other people to see?

A: Then don’t enter. Sorry, but as anyone who’s seen the Crap-O-Meter or Got Hook contest knows, it’s extremely helpful for writers to see common mistakes/pitfalls or what works in hooks and pages. This is a contest with the goal of making everyone who enters it better at writing their hooks/initial pages…and everyone who watches as well.

3) What if Rachel’s rejected my query letter before? Does that make me ineligible?

A: Nope. This is a clean slate all the way around.

4) Okay, but what if she’s already read and rejected my partial before, can I still enter?

A: If you’ve revised since then, yes, you can. If it’s the EXACT same first 3 chapters/50 pages Rachel’s seen before and already given you comments on…then no. That isn’t fair to everyone else else who enters, because then she’ll just be repeating herself.

5) Suppose I win and Rachel really likes my first 3 chapter/50 pages, will she request more?

A: That’s up to her. If she want to see a full manuscript after doing her part in this contest, she’s welcome to do so, but Fangs, Fur and Fey would have nothing to do with that. It would be solely at her discretion and she is under no obligation to request more.

6) What is Rachel does request my full manuscript, but for whatever reason, I don’t want to send it to her?

A: Same principle applies. You’re under no obligation to send her more either. If she offers and you choose to accept or decline that offer, Fangs Fur and Fey would have nothing to do with it. We’re guaranteeing one person a critique of their first three caps/50 pages from Rachel – anything above and beyond that would be between your and her.

7) What if you don’t get 180 entries into this contest? Will it be canceled?

A: No, we’ll move ahead with however many entries we do get. Since this is our first contest, we really don’t know what the response will be. But we know SOMEONE will win no matter how many entries we get.

8) What genres are you accepting for this contest? Any exclusions?

A: These are the genres we’re accepting hooks from:

Urban Fantasy – adult and YA


Young Adult Fiction

Paranormal romance

Sci-Fi and Fantasy

These are the genres Excluded:


Childrens/Middle Grade


True Crime



Literary fiction

9) Can I request a particular judge for my hook/pages?

A: No. Hooks and pages will be assigned a number and randomly handed out to judges. In the interest of fairness and with the knowledge that some of us may have online friends entering this contest, the writer’s identity will stripped from the hook when it’s assigned. If a judge happens to recognizes a friend’s hook/pages from their content, again in the interest of fairness, they will forward it to another judge.

10) Why don’t we get to know who judged our hooks/pages?

A: Because that’s not what this contest is about. We’re looking to help writers improve, not finger-point about which judge didn’t like what hook and then get personally upset with he/she over it.

11) Why do you people have the right to judge us, anyway? You’re not agents or editors.

A: No, we’re not. But we all have one thing in common: we’re all published/contracted authors, and therefore we’ve all gotten out of the slush pile at one point. Are we the most qualified people in the world to judge? No, but this isn’t a perfect world and we’re hosting this contest to offer help and advice, not pretend we know absolutely everything about hooks and initial pages.

That said, if you don’t want our feedback, we won’t be offended if you don’t enter. We just wanted to do something to give back to the not-yet-published writers. We have a vested interest in seeing more writers succeed (we like reading good books), so if we can help, that would please us.

12) Are you going to have another Hook contest again?

A: We don’t know. Let’s get through this one first 🙂


Ilona Andrews

Holly Black

Mark Del Franco

Jeaniene Frost

Claudia Gray

Mark Henry

Caitlin Kittredge

Robert Levy

Amanda Marrone

Justine Musk

Janni Lee Simner

Rachel Vincent

If you have any questions, ask away!

**Side Note: Due to an immediate surge in requests for membership with Fangs, Fur and Fey (which is flattering :), we’d like to remind everyone to read our profile and decide if you should request to be a Member or a Watcher. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by rejecting their membership if they hit ‘Member’ when they meant to hit ‘Watcher’. If you hit ‘Member’ before by mistake, just go back and click ‘Watcher’ and we’ll take care of the rest. Thanks!**

Friday, April 6th, 2007
Graphic Novels and Manga Comics Everywhere

I received Christine Feehan’s newsletter today. I don’t think I ever signed up for it, but I did write her one time, so I’m sure that’s how I ended up there. *g* Anyway, I noticed at the bottom that one of her Dark books, Dark Hunger is about to come out in Manga format. This makes the third author that I know of whose books are being converted.

Personally, I’m excited by this news. No, I don’t read Manga comics, but I may start now. I’m also wondering if this is a new trend that we’re just starting to see with paranormal romances and urban fantasies. A way to reach readers who wouldn’t normally buy a romance or urban fantasy. I certainly can see the appeal, since the characters come to life through another art form.

So I’m curious, what do you think of your favorite books being made into Manga comics/graphic novels? Good idea? Waste of trees? Don’t care either way?