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by Melyn
June 15th, 2011, 6:17 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Blogfest for Teen Writers
Replies: 0
Views: 1610

Blogfest for Teen Writers

I'm starting a blogfest for teen writers called the 2011 Teen Writers Summer Blogfest. (I'm a teen writer, btw.) I noticed that there were some other teen writers on the NB forums. I would've posted this in the teen writers thread, but it's a bit old and I didn't want to bump it, so I decided to pos...
by Melyn
September 17th, 2010, 10:08 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: If you were an agent....
Replies: 12
Views: 4229

Re: If you were an agent....

I'd rep MG and YA fantasy, paranormal, contemporary, mysteries, urban fantasy, and horror novels. I'd ask for the query and first five pages, and I'd use a form rejection for queries, but if I requested a full and rejected it, I would personalize the rejection with a reason why. I'd try to respond a...
by Melyn
September 17th, 2010, 10:05 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY- YA Mystery- Mad as a Hatter
Replies: 30
Views: 4089

Re: QUERY- YA Mystery- Mad as a Hatter

I like the revised query, but I'm wondering if your novel is really YA. YA main characters are typically 15-18 years old, but Emil sounds older in this. How old is he?
by Melyn
September 16th, 2010, 5:38 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY- YA Mystery- Mad as a Hatter
Replies: 30
Views: 4089

Re: QUERY- YA Mystery- Mad as a Hatter

Ooh, I love this query! I would definitely request pages if I were an agent. :) When he was a child, a madman kidnapped fourteen-year-old Marquis Emil Aleric and his sister. It sounds like the madman was a child when he kidnapped Emil. Maybe you could rephrase it to something like, "When Marquis Emi...
by Melyn
September 12th, 2010, 2:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Tweeked Query for JUICE: Revolution
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Re: Tweeked Query for JUICE: Revolution

This is much, much better than the original query. I understand it, until the end of the 3rd paragraph: Treacherous leaks within the Westland family bring grisly threats from a rival family and soon a trail of bodies send an overwhelmed Dak tumbling down a slippery slope of terror into the middle of...
by Melyn
September 11th, 2010, 7:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you deal with feeling fragile?
Replies: 28
Views: 3451

Re: How do you deal with feeling fragile?

I've only ever posted writing on forums, so I have no idea what it would be like to post my writing on my blog or a friend's, where anyone can read it. My advice is to have your family/friends read it, maybe post some on your blog if you have one, and get a beta reader/critiquing partner or two. Onc...
by Melyn
September 11th, 2010, 3:39 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: The Son of the Spider (YA)
Replies: 10
Views: 2108

Re: QUERY: The Son of the Spider (YA)

Does it seem okay now with that in mind? A little bit more. Maybe other critiquers have opinions on this? It might just be a matter of opinion. Do you still think that part needs clarification? Nope, I think it's good. Write2Me- While I don't think rewriting the query the way you would have written...
by Melyn
September 11th, 2010, 3:27 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for JUICE: Revolution - suspense/thriller
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: Query for JUICE: Revolution - suspense/thriller

Many suggest that the query should be styled after the attention-grabbing quips on the back cover of the average novel. I think they mean that the query should be styled after the pitch part of back cover copies. I don't think published writers actually write their back cover copies, and whoever wr...
by Melyn
September 11th, 2010, 10:23 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: The Son of the Spider (YA)
Replies: 10
Views: 2108

Re: QUERY: The Son of the Spider (YA)

Hi Bartle001- I liked how you revised the query, and I really like your premise, so I'm just chiming in with my thoughts here. I don't really think you should have included what the ending will be in the query. You told us it's going to be a swordfight, and I'm guessing there's about a 75% chance th...
by Melyn
September 11th, 2010, 10:11 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for JUICE: Revolution - suspense/thriller
Replies: 5
Views: 931

Re: Query for JUICE: Revolution - suspense/thriller

Hi Michael- I haven't critiqued a lot of queries, but I've read the archives of Query Shark, so I'm using what I've learned from there, and my own opinions. Shocked when his stoner lab tech I'm not sure what stoner lab tech means, but maybe that's just me creates the impossible formula, Doral “Dak” ...
by Melyn
August 27th, 2010, 5:05 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Teenage Writers?
Replies: 47
Views: 12928

Re: Teenage Writers?

I'm also a teenage writer. (Well, I turn 13 in November, so almost-teenage.) I'm also inspired by Steph Bowe and Kody Keplinger. :) And I blog. This NaNo will be my second, and I'm very excited. Right now I'm working on my third novel.
by Melyn
March 12th, 2010, 4:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your genre make it difficult to find an agent?
Replies: 20
Views: 5724

Re: Does your genre make it difficult to find an agent?

I write middle-grade fantasy, which is hard to find agents for. I've gone through Agent Query twice, Query Tracker, Google, etc., and I only have 30-some agents on my list.