Thursday, December 18, 2014

'Love for LAMENTATION" Day

It's "Love for Lamentation" Day here at KC&A. Joe Clifford's novel Lamentation was featured on both and LitReactor as a notable staff pick for 2014. 

LitReactor says, "Joe Clifford is one of the best new crime writers emerging onto the scene," while suggests that "Lamentation is a suspenseful page-turner that may jangle your nerves." 

To read the full review of Joe's work on LitReactor, click here.

To read the full review of Joe's work on, click here

Relentless storm clouds roil over Northern New Hampshire’s Lamentation Mountain as Jay Porter is called to pick up his delinquent, drug-addicted older brother Chris at the local police station. Released into Jay’s care, his brother, now a suspect in the disappearance of a friend, reveals a conspiracy involving a mysterious hard drive and the small community’s most powerful family. As Jay fights to win back his ex-girlfriend and their two-year-old son, his journey forces him to confront his own parents’ suspicious death twenty years ago as he steps deeper into his estranged brother’s addicted world—delivering him to the dark heart of a small town’s shocking secret.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rejection and Publishing

Rejection, it's a word all writers loathe and fear. I myself have been rejected as an author by zines, agents, editors, workshops, and readings. It's a difficult road, and I feel for the thousands of writers that pass through our slushpile everyday. It's hard not to take each rejection like an arrow to the heart and I've seen writers who have become bitter, angry, sad, and then broadcast it online. They vent their frustration, believing they have been wronged, calling publishers, editors, agents alike nasty names and blaming them personally for the rejections.

One of the most important things I have learned since entering the other side of publishing is that rejection is not personal. Publishing is first and foremost, a business. The people within publishing love books (they have to, for it is rarely a lucrative career), but they are not artists per say, so they are looking at each submission with a practical eye. For example, as beautiful as your prose may be, if the book is hundreds of thousands of words long, an agent knows that a publisher will not probably not pick it up because to publish a book that large costs more money. No one is saying the writer is a bad writer for having a long book, it just means the writer probably doesn't understand the business side of publishing and is likely inexperienced.

So if you are like the average writer and wish to have a financially successful career, do your research, know the business and understand that it's similar to any other job. Your first project is your entry-level resume. You're going to have to submit it to as many places as you can, be rejected or ignored, and even if you do get hired, you won't be the CEO within the year. But if you keep honing your craft by going to school or workshops or conferences, doing online research, critical reading and practicing writing, just as you would invest in another career, your odds of success become much higher.

And you will see that rejection is just business as usual.

For more tips on writing and publishing follow Mary @Mary_C_Moore.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Why I'll Never Let My Children Play Football' by Edwin Lyngar

Great article by my author Edwin Lyngar on Role Reboot about the dangers of allowing children to play football.  Parents, take heed!

To read Edwin Lyngar's article on Role Reboot, click here.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving and Almost End of NaNoWriMo!

Happy Turkey Day All!

For all of you writers out there participating in NaNoWriMo and sweating your way to the finish line this Sunday, you can do it!

I am majorly impressed with anyone who wins NaNoWriMo as here I am attempting to keep my focus with my official writing hat, and I'm only at 20k. (No I will not pull all nighters trying to get to 50k in 4 days.)
As you can see I'm not getting a lot of writing done. On the plus side, I have managed to respond to many waiting queries, so some benefited from my procrastination. 

Cheerleading aside, please remember to edit your NaNoWriMo novels come December. The last thing an agent or editor wants to see is a manuscript that was banged out in a month. Revise, rewrite, reread. 

Write on.

- Mary

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Thursday, November 20, 2014


What a week!  Congratulations also to my client Phil Donlay who was a finalist for his thriller, DEADLY ECHOS in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards...

Way to go Phil!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Gentle Readers.

I was honored and privileged to attend last weekend Boucheron Conference where my client Matt Coyle won the Anthony Award for BEST FIRST NOVEL!  Well deserved...
This is what I mean by the thrill of starting new voices - it doesn't get any better.  It was made even sweeter as my friend Otto Penzler made the announcement.  Keep writing, keep believing in yourselves, and keep going!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mary Is On Faculty at the Whidbey Writer's Conference

Hello all you wonderful peeps. I will be on faculty at the Whidbey Writer's Conference this year! Packing my bags as we speak and preparing for a lovely weekend here:

…where on Friday I will be speaking at one of their infamous "Chat House Sessions" with the talented agent Margaret Bail of Inkling Literary. We will attempt to cover what an agent can offer an indie author and what an indie author can anticipate when trying to get an agent. On Saturday I will be listening to author pitches and hopefully finding some gems. As I am not open to unsolicited queries, conferences are a great way for authors to get my attention.

If you are there, say hello!



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