A van Wyck

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The Writer's Blog

I'm ashamed to admit I've caved to peer pressure and started a blog. (Shudder!) But writing about me and what I'm doing feels like taking an endless series of selfies, which is where I draw the line. (That - and because making my life seem fun an interesting would deplete my reservoir of creative fiction before I'd gotten my daily writing done.)

So, instead, I thought I'd explore a different creative avenue and start drawing again. These cartoons will explore my anxieties, insecurities, hang-ups and (not incidentally) the publishing industry as a whole.


If a picture is worth a thousand words, I've hit my quota for the day. I hope you enjoy. (More to follow.)

  • André van Wyck

It was my first time working with a e-drawing pad. I decided to try putting one of the creatures from The Waking Worlds on a page. This is a Bulkbear (in the Hillmen parlance) or a Great Burrower. Big as a bear, plated like a pangolin, and mean as a star nosed mole.

(I lie: I have no idea how mean those moles are. But I know they look terrifying.)

All in all, I'm quite satisfied. Hopefully, my cartoons will benefit from this newfound speed.

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  • André van Wyck

Crafting a good query letter takes ages: First, find a (hopefully) receptive agent online. Then stalk them. Find out what they like. Shoehorn that into your pitch. (Oh, you're a Slytherin too?) Research their submission guidelines. Rehash all the submission materials you've compiled so far. (What's the difference between a 'blurb' and an 'elevator pitch' anyway?) Craft a witty, professional letter where you brag about your previous successes (none) and don't outright beg for representation.

Send! Repeat, twenty to fifty more times. Now, sit back and wait for the rejections to roll in.

We go through all this, hoping for that ONE agent who will recognize our worth, champion us to the world and launch us into the best-seller list!

Or, at least, so I'm told...

Cartoon author query literary agent
Querying: the uphill battle

#FellowWriters #writerslife #amwriting #amquerying

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  • André van Wyck

So I've been #amediting my new book, 'A Fray of Furies'. The #firstdraft was a whopping 900 pages! After many terrible tantrums, and tossing all my writing tools from the crib, I got it down to just under 600 pages. Wow! I should take up headshrinking next...

Editing tantrums

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