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Campus Cravings Cover Reveal!

Posted by J. Leigh Bailey on July 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I am so excited to tell you all about a fantastic M/M boxed set coming in August--Campus Craving: Higher Learning. I dare you to check out the information on this bundle and not pick it up. Go on, I dare you! I cannot wait to get my hands (or my Kindle!) on it.  



Welcome to Cathia University, where school is in session! Nine of today's hottest gay romance authors have crafted brand-new interrelated novellas celebrating everything wonderful about college, with over 200,000 words featuring sophisticated professors, sexy teaching assistants, ambitious grad students, and spirited undergraduates, all looking for the same thing: an A+ in true love.


Annabeth Albert: Winning Bracket

Cassandra Carr: The Eloquent Jock

Dalton Diaz: Lesson Learned

Mia Downing: Switching Leads

Whitley Gray: Artistic Endeavor

Bianca Sommerland: Solid Education

KyAnn Waters: Private Lessons

LA Witt: Did Somebody Order a Pizza?

Sara York: The Dust Of Everyday Life


The Campus Cravings male/male bundle will release on August 25th! 


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Editing/Revising--Week 1

Posted by J. Leigh Bailey on September 5, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been a busy little bee over the last week.


I finally finished my first draft of GUYLINER.


I've started a sort of line-editing process with the manuscript. What am I finding?


The first three chapters are very well written. Great. Except for two glaring flaws (which might make one reconsider the definition of "well written"):

1.   I use passive voice A LOT. Which is embarassing because I know better. In a critique session at my local chapter of RWA, a member pointed it out, so much of what I've written since then is more active (I hope!) but the first chapters are horribly passive. I wonder if that has anything to do with my own passive-agressive tendencies?

2. Despite being well written (in terms of flow and detail and character building), the voice is wrong. The voice is very me. Which would be okay, except the main characters are 17-year-old boys. 17-year-old boys do not talk like me, nor me like them. Now I have to revise to make it sound a little younger and more macho without tossing in copious amounts of slang.


This is my MS notebook, complete with tabs
and color-coordinated pens and sticky notes.

That's not all I've been doing though. I have also started a process I've put off for a very long time: researching agents, editors and publishing houses.  Now, the delay in starting these aspects didn't have anything to do with fear of the overwhelming importance of this task (okay, maybe a little bit, but only a little bit!). I did not want to count my chickens.  I'm easily distracted and it seemed premature to look for agents and editors when I didn't even have a complete manuscript. Well, the manuscript is complete, albeit in rough shape, and qerying is the next step, thus the research.


Researching editors and agents led me to the other thing I've been working on this week: Writing a query letter. I had no idea where to start, so I did some research. There's a lot of random stuff out there, and a lot of example of "bad" query letters. The site I found the most helpful was the Nelson Literary Agency website, which actually led me to Kristin Nelson's blog, Pub Rants. She had a whole series of posts about writing query letters to snag an agent. These posts included examples of the story summary/blurb and actual, successful queries, with Kristin's analysis of why the query worked.


Researching query letters then led me to actually writing a query letter, which I immediately submitted to the Rainbow Romance Writer's critique loop for review, where I got great input about my letter and found a CP, one who isn't weirded out by reading YA GLBT romance.


So, all in all, a very busy, but successful writing week. Oh, by the way, I worked the Day Job this week, too.



What have you been up to this week?