Author Archives: michaelsirois

About michaelsirois

Just a retired educator taking a stab at the Great American Novel.

The Jagged Man is Finally Out

I had tweeted about it on Twitter, and posted about it on the Jagged Man website, although I had mentioned prepping it for publication here, it occurred to ma a few minutes ago that I hadn’t officially announced it here … Continue reading

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Je Suis Aussi Charlie

I am also Charlie. If you haven’t heard about the Je Suis Charlie Movement yet, you haven’t been paying attention to the news. If you’re honestly clueless, have a look at this page before you read further, or just Google … Continue reading

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Being a Self-Publishing Virgin is Scary

For the past several years I’ve submitted queries (although not nearly often enough), and pitched my novels at conferences, with no success. Okay, I lied at least a couple of times in that first sentence. In 2002, I participated in … Continue reading

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Into (and in) No Plot? No Problem! Again

The newest (Revised, Updated, and Expanded) version of Chris Baty’s wonderful book, No Plot? No Problem! has just been published. And I’m in it — again. How cool is that! Twelve years ago I participated in my first NaNoWriMo. That … Continue reading

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Deciding Who to Pitch To at a Writing Conference

It’s almost time for the annual Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in Austin (June 27 through the 29th this year). I’ve signed up have a 10-minute consultation with three of the agents who will be attending. All … Continue reading

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My Review of Larry McMurtry’s Latest Novel on WLT’s Blog

I was privileged to be able to do an advance review of Larry McMurtry’s latest novel, The Last Kind Words Saloon, for the Writers’ League of Texas’ blog, Scribe. It’s a fictional account of the events leading up to Wyatt … Continue reading

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Evolution of the If a Butterfly Pitch: Life Cycle Two (2012)

Here’s the final pitch I used for the 2012 WLT Conference again. The mainstream novel, If a Butterfly, is like Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon — but with a butterfly; and it has sex in space, kidnapped butterflies, … Continue reading

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Evolution of the If a Butterfly Pitch: Life Cycle One (2011)

In the previous post, I showed you the pitch I used for my novel, If a Butterfly, at the 2012 Writers’ League of Texas’ Agents and Editors Conference. This post and the next one are to show how it evolved. … Continue reading

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The Final Pitch for If a Butterfly

My previous post was about starting to split a very long novel into two parts. I started working on that a few days ago, and it’s going well. There will be a few posts about that process over the next … Continue reading

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Splitting a Butterfly in Two

My first completed novel, If a Butterfly, was EXTREMELY long. The first draft was well over 300,000 words, about 1,300 double-spaced pages; but — in its defense — it’s a complex story, spread across an entire continent and into outer … Continue reading

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