Nothing feels as daunting as writing my bio in a query letter.

My name is Phyllis York. I write books. You’ve never seen them, but some people like them. Which people? No, not witch people, but maybe some witch people. I specialize in strong female protagonists. No, not that strong. They aren’t superhuman. Well, some of them are. Just the vampires. There aren’t any vampires in this book though. I was just making a point. How long is a bio supposed to be anyway? j/k j/k I probably shouldn’t write j/k in a professional query letter, but here we are. So, yeah, that’s me.

I’m a writer.

I write.

I would like you to buy my book, so that I can continue to write.

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Beta Readers

It’s time to start sharing My Mother Road with my beta readers. Beta readers are the first people to read through your manuscript before you send your final copy to potential agents.

Here are some questions gathered by Ryan J. Pelton that beta readers may want to consider when reading.

#1 Did the story hold your interest from the very beginning? If not, why not?

#2 Did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, why not?

#3 Could you relate to the main character? Nonfiction: did you understand the authors reason for writing the book? Did you feel her/his pain or excitement?

#4 Did the setting interest you and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you? Nonfiction: Did the topic seem exciting if you had no prior knowledge of it?

#5 Was there a point at which you felt the story lagged or you became less than excited about finding out what was going to happen next? Where, exactly? Nonfiction: where did the book get boring? What parts could be cut out?

#6 Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts, and why? Nonfiction: did any of the research seem far fetched?

#7 Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details? Nonfiction: were any details repeated or redundant?

#8 Were the characters believable? Are there any characters you think could be made more interesting or more likable? Nonfiction: could some of the stories and ideas be more punchy? If so, how so?

#9 Did you get confused about who’s who in the characters? Were there too many characters to keep track of? Too few? Are any of the names of characters too similar? Nonfiction: was there too much information, research, or not enough? Was the information helpful or did it drag?

#10 Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you? If not, whose dialogue did you think sounded artificial or not like that person would speak?

#11 Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not enough? Maybe too much dialogue in parts?

#12 Was there enough conflict, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest? Nonfiction: was the narrative interesting and did it move along? Why or why not?

#13 Was the ending satisfying? Believable? Nonfiction: did the book provide helpful next steps?

#14 Did you notice any obvious, repeating grammatical, spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors? Examples?

#15 Do you think the writing style suits the genre? If not, why not?

Roadtrippin’

I’m planning on driving Route 66 to Santa Monica this Summer. What are some things I shouldn’t miss?.

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2018 by the numbers

Books written: 4

Books published: 3

Books in editing: 1

Books in revision: 4

Words written: 278,683 (documented)

What a year! I got to create characters that will impact my writing for decades to come. If there was a big win this year, it was that my character development has grown by leaps and bounds. My focus group, AKA my husband, family, and friends, have influenced my characters on the deepest levels. We sold a few thousand books in 2018 which is wonderful, but I’m hoping 2019 sees that number explode.

In June, during an 17 hour road trip, my husband and I workshopped a novel that has grown into my biggest project to date. My Mother Road was outlined while driving on the actual Mother Road. When we got home I wrote the first 10,000 in under 24 hours. I’m querying agents now, and hope to see the book published in 2019.

Thank you for being a part of this journey with me. I am so thankful for your support as I chase my dreams.

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Black Friday

The complete Myths, Monsters, and Mary collection is available for a limited time. Mary the Queen, Turn the Paige, and Noah’s Arcana are finally here.

The books are available on Amazon.com until Black Friday. They won’t be available online again ​in 2018. These books make great gifts for any book lover.

https://www.amazon.com/Phyllis-York/e/B073ZPQV9W

Mary the Queen

Paige Harper is barely scraping by in the tiny salon her mother left her. At 22, her lonely world gets turned upside down when a vampire comes into her shop. Mary offers her a job, but taking it will mean Paige must leave her home and life behind. A regrettable lack of musical knowledge on the part of Noah, Mary’s driver, is offset by his charm and wit. Unfortunately, Mary has strict rules against coworkers dating. As they travel around the world, Paige begins to question Mary’s motives in hiring her, but when there is an attempt on Paige’s life, she has to decide who she can trust. Will she be able to find out who her enemies are — and who she herself is — before it’s too late?

Turn the Paige

Paige Harper has traveled the world as the personal assistant to vampire Mary Stuart. Now, with a new baby and the knowledge that she carries vampire DNA, Paige and her partner, Noah, must return to America and try to bring their mortal and vampire worlds together. But the disappearance of Paige’s close friend leads her on a hunt that pits her against a powerful enemy and her own mortality.

Noah’s Arcana

Paige Sansom is trying to have it all, but it’s hard to be the perfect wife, mother, and vampire when her husband, Noah, gets a terrible diagnosis. Now, she straddles two worlds, mortal and immortal, as she fights for every second she can get with Noah and her daughter, Layla. Will she be able to find a cure before time runs out?