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Hey gang!  With WRiTECLUB wrapped for another year I thought it would be a good time to catch you up with all things DL.  How does that sound?

First things first.  On the personal front, I have been traveling a heck of a lot this year for my day-job (away 26 out of 40 weeks – with more to come) but I’m still managing to keep a half-step ahead of everything.  My family has been wonderful through it all.  My wife Kim is fully recovered from her tussle with breast cancer last year, and our youngest has voyaged into the fantastical world of high school. This is huge because as all of you know, without a solid foundation…everything else is just a matter of going through the motions.

On the writing front I recently sent out my YA Horror manuscript -- Moving Fear -- to five trusted beta readers and here’s a snippet of what they had to say.

“This was a great read!  You totally consumed my weekend. I had a To-Do List, and I got almost none of it done because I couldn’t put your book down.”

“An excellent story.  I'm smiling.” 

“YES.  I think you've got a good shot with this one! I don't typically read suspense (I scare easily) but I still enjoyed it.”

“I had an immense good time reading this. The first scene was utterly chilling and fantastic. What a great opening!!  We definitely need more true horror stories in YA and this will be a fantastic addition!”

“Holy Shit!!!  Moving Fear is not only a great story, but also a marketable, successful, publishable book. If not, then there is simply no hope for anyone of us.”

Needless to say, I’m pumped!  With the awesome feedback from my beta’s, as well as the experience of letting Dianne Salerni and Marcy Hatch critique my first page on their First Impressions series, I undertook another round of revisions and put together a query letter (which was I also received input on from the QQQE). After sending out my first one (to the agent who is #1 on my list), I already have a full request.  Talking about starting out strong!

I’ve also helped form a new critique group and we’ve already had a couple of meetings.  The talent involved is amazing (present company excluded) and I feel the collaboration has already elevated my writing to another level.  I look for good things from us very soon.

The BLOG BLITZ has been a little herky jerky as I struggle with time and availability issues, but I’m determined to keep it going.  We’re up to 489 members and going strong.

That’s it.  I have every intention to start making my way around the blogosphere between book revisions and critiques, but please be patient with me. I’ve signed up for a couple of blog tours to help support blogging buddies with books coming out, and who knows, there could be another blogfest on the horizon. :)

Thanks for stopping in and checking on me.  Hope to visit you back soon!



  1. DL, I'm so glad that your wife is doing well. Best wishes with your YA Horror.

  2. That your wife is doing great is the best news!
    Saw your query and first page already. Will check back with Matthew today for his thoughts.
    Take your time getting around to everyone.

  3. YAAAAY for Kim! I'm so happy for that news. And glad that you're starting to query :)

  4. Great update, glad things are going well. :-D

  5. That's good news, DL. I'm sorry I didn't get to visit for Write Club often, but I know you put your heart and soul into it.

  6. So thrilled your wife is doing so well!!! Best news of all :)
    Sounds like you've got a great story on your hands - wishing you all the very best!

  7. Hi Don - so pleased to read your wife has come through .. as too the family. That's great your youngest has moved into High School .. when the world starts to open up ...

    That's amazing that you're up to 489 members ... so pleased for you - good luck with your book and the new projects ... Cheers Hilary

  8. So glad to hear your wife has come through her health problems, that's the best news. Sounds like positive stuff going on with your ms too, congrats on the hard work paying off.

  9. Sounds like you're killing it!

  10. Woo, congrats on the full, that's awsome!

  11. Congratulations to your wife. Congratulations to you! Life is moving fast and furious it seems. Best of luck with the full request. Fingers crossed.

  12. Wonderful news about your wife :) And congrats on the positive feedback - sounds like a good ending to the year :) x

  13. Wow! What a catch up! First pass my best wishes and congrat along to Kim. Second, I'm pumped for you and Moving Fear. That sounds like a winner. Best wishes!

  14. Those are awesome reviews Don. I am glad your wife is fully recovered. Seems like you're getting a bit of rest break now.

  15. The book is really looking good, my friend! I'm very excited for you and I'm keeping my fingers crossed on the request for the full! And as always -- good news about Kim and the family is always great to hear!!!

  16. Wow! That's impressive - getting a full request on your first query. Congrats! I had to send out 9 queries to do that. Glad to hear that Kim is doing so well. I'm sorry I dropped off the radar after the first round of WRiTE CLUB this year, but I had a lot going on.

  17. Yeah! Power to the critique group! (Ahem...suppressing guilt.) I've got my toes crossed for you. It's always such an amazing feeling when betas send back encouragement. Of course, I never believe it, but that's a conversation for another day. It just might be time to get your career off the ground, eh?




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