Today, I’ll be recommending to you a blog by a friend of mine, Melissa. That intro may seem familiar, but this is a different Melissa. This time, I’m featuring Melissa Dickerson‘s blog, Adventures in Querying. The previous Melissa writes non-fiction. This Melissa writes fiction. The first five pages of her first novel, Something To Hide are available here. If you are a literary agent, or know someone who is, please take a look. Something to Hide is an exciting tale from the very first sentence. Melissa has a knack for realism that keeps the story grounded, even when the more fantastical elements of the plot begin to rear their heads. There’s one image in particular that I can’t get out of my mind. I won’t say more, after all, the book is called Something to Hide.
Why I Bookmarked It
Much like the previous Melissa, I’ve known Melissa Dickerson for years, primarily through H2G2. Back then, H2G2 was definitely a place where you could stretch your imagination, and Melissa definitely hung out with some of the craziest of us. Additionally, I believe that links on an old college-hosted website of hers may be partially responsible for my webcomic addiction. It was only natural for me to bookmark her blog.
Why I Still Read It
Adventures in Querying is about Melissa’s quest towards publication. She’s currently seeking the representation of a literary agent to help get Something to Hide published. The process is nail biting to follow. Anyone who has ever obtained an agent, or failed to obtain an agent knows this. Of course, getting rejected by agents is only the first round. Once she finds an agent, she needs to be ready to get rejected by publishers. Having read her book, I know that it’s worth publishing, and I’m interested to see how it’s received.
Why You Should Read It
Melissa has a sharp sense of humor, even in the face of adversity. Anyone who is interested in getting published should follow her blog, to see what the rejection process is like. Anyone who thinks getting published is easy should follow her blog, to learn just how wrong they are. Anyone who happens to be a publisher or a literary agent should follow her blog because… wait. If I have publishers and literary agents following my blog, why am I sending them all to Melissa? Have I no self-preservation instinct? I’d love to hear from you, too!
Anyway, as I was saying, check out my Melissa’s blog, her website, and the ”excerpt from her novel. Follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook.