How to be an Agent’s ‘Dream Client’

Christine Hughes:

Perfect thoughts on the matter…..

Originally posted on Writers In The Storm Blog:

By Chuck Sambuchino

medium_2581582826How does a literary agent define their “ideal client”? The question is extremely important because it’s one that factors into an agent’s mindset before and after they sign you.

If an agent has read your complete novel or book proposal and wants to sign you, the next step is almost always to arrange a telephone call where the two of you get to know one another. You ask the questions you want to ask about her and her style; she does the same regarding you and your style. During the phone conversation, the agent is trying to gauge whether you’re compatible enough with her to be signed as a new author in her stable. She’s already sizing up whether you can be a good, long-term client, or close to it.

Then after you sign with the agent, the two of you begin a long process of working…

View original 992 more words

Basement Level Five: Never Scared by L.R. Wright


Alexa Martinez was raised to believe that murder, deceit, and lies were part of life. A trained killer, she follows in her father’s footsteps, specializing in political assassinations for Martinez Security- contracted through the CIA. She thrives on the power, money, respect and- most of all- the adrenaline rush.

Despite the danger associated with her profession, Alexa strives to give her children a normal life. But when her past catches up with her, they become pawns in a deadly game of revenge. Operating from a secret base, five levels below ground, Alexa struggles to unravel the puzzle, uncovering secrets that will alter their lives forever. Now she must make a choice- is she willing to die to give her children a life outside the bullet-proof glass?


NEW RELEASE – Roll by Lynn Townsend


From the farms of Tennessee, Beau Watkins had it all in high school; the cute girl, the popular, jock lifestyle, a loving family. As a rising freshman at an out-of-state college, he’s determined to find out who he really is behind the fake it ’til you make it attitude. He joins Rainbow Connection, the gay student alliance, hoping to find himself. Instead, he finds Vin Reyes. Raised by his grandparents and the heir to a prosperous company, Vin has been out of the closet since he figured out what that meant. He has it all: fashionable clothing, fancy cars, huge houses, and a real party lifestyle, even a bodyguard. Most of all, he has a secret.

Uncomfortable with Vin’s generosity, Beau fights his growing attraction for the president of Rainbow Connection, chasing instead a series of shallow affairs. Vin’s never been denied anything that he wants, though, and now he wants Beau. But it’s not until an old rival puts Beau in the hospital that Vin realizes that Beau means more to him than a simple love affair. Can the two of them bridge the gap between their worlds and roll with the all the punches life will throw at them?

Buy Link:


Character Interview: Kate from Some Call me Fiend

I’d like to introduce everyone to Kate, from Joe DiCicco’s short ‘Some Call Me Fiend’.

Tell me a bit about yourself. What’s a day in your life like?

Well, I’m a 17 year old high school senior and most of my time is spent going to class, going to parties and hanging out with my friends.

Describe yourself in five words.

Intense, private, deep, passionate, gentle

Can you tell us a secret about you that few/no one else knows?

I may, KIND OF like girls a little bit. I would never tell that to anyone, not even my mom.

Describe an incident in your life that’s helped mold you into the person you are today.

When I was 10 years old, I saw my father slowly die of brain cancer. It had a huge impact on my life and who I am now. It taught me that life is short and it can end at any time. It taught me that nothing is forever, and you have to live each day to the fullest.

What are you most passionate about?

My friends and my family mean everything to me

What’s your biggest fear?

What I’m going to do when high school end in the spring. I haven’t chosen a college yet and I’m not sure if I even want to go. I’m also scared of losing my friends when they go off to school next fall

What is the cause of your greatest happiness? Sadness?

My greatest happiness is the time I get to spend with my friends. My greatest sadness is missing my dad.

Describe your ideal mate?

Someone who is motivated, driven to succeed, passionate about what they want in life. Someone who can also appreciate the finer things in life like a sunrise or a warm spring day. Someone who is always kind but also has the conviction to stand up for themselves and those they care about. Someone pretty.

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Also, what’s it filled with?

I don’t really care. That is someone else’s outlook on life, not mine.

Any words of wisdom for our readers today?

No, not really


For the author: Joe DiCicco

Would you like to say anything to your readers/fans?

If you took the time to read this interview, and especially the short story the character is from, thank you. It is much appreciated and I hope you enjoy it.

Where can your readers stalk you?

Best place to find me is on my facebook fan page at:

Anything else?


joe5*****RELEASE DAY JANUARY 24, 2014***** 

Joe DiCicco – New Excerpt!



“Are you…Are you hurt?”
No reply.
“Damn. What the hell were you doing out there? I didn’t even see you, you know. Are you sure you’re not hurt?”
No reply at first. Then: “Why didn’t you leave me for dead?”
“What? I couldn’t do that. Look, I’ll take you to the hospital downtown. It’s not far, a couple more miles we’ll be in town.”
He felt the blade press harder yet against his throat. A warm trickle ran down his neck.
“How about I just tear out your throat and leave you for dead?”
He pressed down harder on the gas pedal. “I’m sorry! I swear I didn’t even see you!”
The young woman scoffed. “Where were you taking me? To dump me in the forest like so much garbage?”
“No! No I swear! I was taking you to the hospital”
He felt unbelievable strength behind that arm.
He believed she really could do these things if she saw fit.
She inched her face closer, sniffing. “You reek of liquor. Do you always operate this machine in drunken haste?”
His voice began to quiver now. “No! No never, this is the first time, honest.”
Her lip curled up in a cruel smile. “Inebriate fool.”
He felt tears welling up in his eyes once again. “…Are you the devil”
 The young woman appeared confused. After a moment: “I suppose I can be.”

 *****RELEASE DATE JANUARY 24, 2014*****

Interview with Author Joe DiCicco

Welcome Joe DiCicco, author of the shorts Feed My Queen and Some Call Me Fiend to the blog!


1.       Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Joe DiCicco and I currently reside in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, United States. I am 29 years old and I hold a degree in Natural Resources Conservation. I am a nature and animal lover as well as a musician and writer. I have a beautiful fiance Kaitlin.

2.       What do you do when you are not writing?

I love being outdoors when I can, going for walks, hiking, camping, bird watching. I am also a horror movie buff, and enjoy playing bass. I spend as much time as I can with my fiance.

3.       Do you have a day job as well?

I am currently searching for a trade school or apprenticeship to learn a skilled trade.

4.       When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I’ve been writing since a very young age, somewhere in grade school. I was weaving tales in my mind before I knew how to put them to paper. I finished my first actual story sometime in my teenage years, the exact age I’m not sure of. My first story was accepted to an online publication in the autumn of 2012 if I remember correctly.

5.       Does writing come easy for you?

       The ideas certainly do and most of the time the writing itself as well. I consider myself a bit of a perfectionist with my writing however, and often times I cannot finish a work until I am completely satisfied.

6.       Where do you get your ideas?

Past events I have experienced in my life, stories I have heard from others over the years, dreams sometimes give me ideas. Occasionally an idea will come to me seemingly out of nowhere, but most likely all ideas come from somewhere, even subconciously.

7.       Do you ever experience writer’s block?

       Occasionally, yes. Thankfully not too often.

8.       Do you work with an outline, or just write?

I almost always work with an outline. I will often write down a despcriptive scene-by-scene outline and then expand from there.

9.       Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

       Absolutely. Growing up, my mother was real big into Stephen King so I was exposed to his writing at a young age. Lovecraft was another huge influence on me as a writer. Tolkien and Poe also played major roles. More recently, I dabbled in some works by P.K. Dick and Steinbeck.

10.       Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

Well, for me the biggest challenge is waiting for a response. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with mostly acceptance on the still small amount of work I have put forth, but it’s always the wait for a response, which can be quite lengthy, that I find the most taxing.

11.       If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change?

Well I am a short story writer for the most part, not a novelist, but the same rules still apply mostly. Probably only my first story I submitted, ‘Nightwing’ which I mistakenly submitted a draft that was a bit rougher instead of the final draft which I originally intended to send. The rougher draft was published anyway which had a quite a few errors.