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by dahosek
October 11th, 2010, 5:04 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 271964

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Title: The Archbishop's Son Genre: Literary Emil’s mother looked nothing like Mary Magdalene. She resembled neither the painting of Saint Mary Magdalene penitent, dressed in a nun’s habit, pondering a skull on her table, which hung over Sister Agnes’s desk, nor the statue of Saint Mary Magdalene sin...
by dahosek
August 18th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 18513

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

Some other guy in my home state with my same name has a website where he sells his self-published novels that are meant to accompany his paintings of sea-maidens. I've wondered if any agent has ever tried to Google me and then found him. I sure hope not. This is where you start to think about using...
by dahosek
August 17th, 2010, 9:27 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: MC "hijacking" query?
Replies: 14
Views: 2974

Re: MC "hijacking" query?

It was Janet Reid at Query Shark who declared queries written in the person of the MC as a gimmick (it was just this week, in fact). Can it be done? Sure, but it has to be done exceptionally well. And even then, it's likely to be a turn-off (sort of like the people who wrote term papers for English ...
by dahosek
August 17th, 2010, 9:21 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 18513

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

I have a website at http://www.dahosek.com/

You can click the link, but it won't be that interesting.

I do have a design waiting in the wings for that day when there will be content to be presented.
by dahosek
August 17th, 2010, 4:14 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Sending short stories to publishers.
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

Re: Sending short stories to publishers.

How did you find your anthologies?
by dahosek
August 5th, 2010, 6:01 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 181920

Re: Ask Nathan

I would think that humor is appropriate if it reflects your writing voice. If you're querying, say, a memoir of harrowing survival of cancer and cannibalism, levity would work against you. On the other hand, I would guess that Gary Shteyngart's query letter for The Russian Debutante's Handbook was a...
by dahosek
August 3rd, 2010, 8:02 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Sending short stories to publishers.
Replies: 6
Views: 1141

Re: Sending short stories to publishers.

Publishing short stories is a very competitive market. For every novel that gets written and sent out on submission, you've got to figure there's a couple hundred stories (at least) going out. I remember reading somewhere that the percentage of novels that are accepted for publication is higher than...
by dahosek
July 23rd, 2010, 12:45 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine

On the other hand, the fact that all the authors in this go-round are dead could be that Wylie knows that he runs the risk of scuttling future publishing deals with this move.

Publishers are not the enemy.

-dh
by dahosek
July 22nd, 2010, 3:48 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine

Nice move for established authors, maybe, but a really crappy move for the rest. Without the imprimatur of a publishing house, an emerging author is unlikely to get much attention, let alone sales.
by dahosek
July 6th, 2010, 8:29 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: Andrew Wylie profile in Harvard Magazine

He sounds a lot like I did when I was 16.

I was an idiot when I was 16.
by dahosek
July 2nd, 2010, 7:50 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: It's never too late to get published... and some app news
Replies: 2
Views: 795

Re: It's never too late to get published... and some app news

I'm thinking that an author's website is a good place or DVD-like extras, and I'll likely do something like that once I'm published.
by dahosek
April 11th, 2010, 11:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Critique Groups vs Online Writing Workshops
Replies: 9
Views: 1418

Re: Critique Groups vs Online Writing Workshops

I hate to sound even the least bit paranoid, but is there any chance at all of people appropriating one's ideas when one publishes or exchanges sections of a manuscript or a synopsis online? Seems there would always be risk associated in the cyberworld. Ideas are cheap. It's the writing that matters.
by dahosek
April 9th, 2010, 1:19 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query - MG - THE WHISPERING FERNS
Replies: 17
Views: 2789

Re: Query - MG - THE WHISPERING FERNS

It may be a stronger query if I don't feel the need to explain his nickname and just start in with the story itself. Almost certainly. You might want to apply the same to the novel itself (if you open with that event, I'd move it to later in the story when someone asks him why people call him "Smit...
by dahosek
April 7th, 2010, 8:32 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: The Archbishop's Son
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Query: The Archbishop's Son

Emil Sirotek is a foundling raised in a Catholic orphanage in turn of the century Prague. When he discovers that his mother was once one of the nuns at the orphanage, he seeks her out. She tells him that his father is the archbishop and blames him for her being forced into poverty and prostitution. ...
by dahosek
April 7th, 2010, 8:30 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Help with Synopsis!! Please Help!
Replies: 6
Views: 1876

Re: Help with Synopsis!! Please Help!

Thanks for editing/deleting the first draft. I've accidentally reviewed old drafts in giving feedback before. You're officially my hero. The Great War between vampires and humans lasted hundreds of years when the humans lost, they were enslaved. This should be a separate sentence. Rebels were hunted...