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by bigheadx
July 29th, 2010, 2:30 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: J.D. Salinger
Replies: 7
Views: 1336

Re: J.D. Salinger

Well said, imho.
steve wrote:I like Salinger.
....
He might be the first modern young adult author. No vampires or wizards; just smoking, cursing, chasing girls, and drinking.
I approve.
by bigheadx
July 29th, 2010, 2:29 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Not even a partial
Replies: 15
Views: 2634

Re: Not even a partial

17? Sheesh, I've got a special gmail QUERY REJ folder just bulging with rejections to queries for my crime novel.
Like you said, Never give up!
by bigheadx
July 28th, 2010, 4:18 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: when more than one agent asks for a submission
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

Re: when more than one agent asks for a submission

You can see the query thread at http://forums.nathanbransford.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1418 and also all the excellent advice I rec'd from other NB participants. Thanks for the good wishes! Go BigHeadX!!! Congratulations! That is soooooo great!!! Can I ask, what is your book about? (See, I don't kno...
by bigheadx
July 28th, 2010, 1:28 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: when more than one agent asks for a submission
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

Re: when more than one agent asks for a submission

Thanks, Hillary! Got another request for a partial this past weekend. The first partial sent me a very charming and informative reply when I explained the exclusive. And even said they would wait! :) Oh! I probably just misread. That's a nice timeline on an exclusive. Presumably you queried that age...
by bigheadx
July 24th, 2010, 8:49 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: when more than one agent asks for a submission
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

Re: when more than one agent asks for a submission

First agent requested full submission and 10-14 day exclusive. Second requested the partial (email rec'd today) and no exclusive. Sorry to confuse things. I'm red-faced because I forgot to mention that the full submission agency gave me a 10-14 day window. I have some experience with film agents and...
by bigheadx
July 24th, 2010, 8:36 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: when more than one agent asks for a submission
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

Re: when more than one agent asks for a submission

I'm red-faced because I forgot to mention that the full submission agency gave me a 10-14 day window.

I have some experience with film agents and in that world things are a bit wide-open and wild west, but I don't know proper literary agency protocol (yet).

Thanks!
by bigheadx
July 24th, 2010, 1:59 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: when more than one agent asks for a submission
Replies: 10
Views: 2147

when more than one agent asks for a submission

I need some advice. Here's the situation: Last week an agency requested a full submission and asked me for an "exclusive" while they read my novel. I asked around (including published/represented authors) and was told that this is not unusual or unexpected. Since then, I have sent out no more querie...
by bigheadx
July 20th, 2010, 5:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY - crime/police fiction
Replies: 32
Views: 5234

Re: QUERY - crime/police fiction

Got a request for a full submission today. Received some very good query advice here at NB. Many thanks! Don't want to jinx it by spilling the name, but it's apparently a respected NY agency, if this and other forums are any indication. I won't quit my day job (day job? what's that?) but it's at lea...
by bigheadx
June 25th, 2010, 2:45 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY - crime/police fiction
Replies: 32
Views: 5234

Re: QUERY - crime/police fiction

Thanks, Quill! (Janet already left me behind as roadkill. Must have been the "fiction novel" gaffe. ;) ) You're the man. That is a super query. (Even so, I don't think you should put fiction and novel in the same sentence. It could be a killer for some agents.)(Such as Janet Reid, who I hope you are...
by bigheadx
June 25th, 2010, 1:00 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY - crime/police fiction
Replies: 32
Views: 5234

Re: QUERY - crime/police fiction

Yes, a grown man shouldn't cry, nor should he get giddy about a simple request for bio, synopsis, and first 50 pages, but, after a depressing string of "sorry, but..." responses, I am going to wrap my arms around my positive response and hug it all weekend.   ;) Below is the query draft that receive...
by bigheadx
June 23rd, 2010, 4:22 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: The Last Highway (working title)-Page 1
Replies: 17
Views: 3458

Re: The Last Highway (working title)-Page 1

Looks as if you are receiving some fine advice here, but I just have a question. You said you are 7 pages into the story. Are you working from an outline? synopsis? Just curious. I am interested in how others work.
good luck!
John
by bigheadx
June 22nd, 2010, 1:54 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY - crime/police fiction
Replies: 32
Views: 5234

Re: QUERY - crime/police fiction

It really shows how well you write your genre that you've gone through all these revisions and managed to keep your voice. I am going to add a few little things that occurred to me to go along with Quill's extensive (and impressive) critiquing. The first paragraph is awkward to read. There's too mu...
by bigheadx
June 22nd, 2010, 11:40 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY - crime/police fiction
Replies: 32
Views: 5234

Re: QUERY - crime/police fiction

You folks are all great and so patient! I hope/plan to return that courtesy here at NB on a regular basis.
by bigheadx
June 21st, 2010, 6:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Grateful Undead: They're So Vein
Replies: 24
Views: 3513

Re: Thanks for the help. I have hard skin - lay it on me.

You certainly bring humor and a bit of new life to this suddenly modern genre, but this reader isn't sure if this is a query or a sketch. At about 365 words, some might think it too long and an agent may repeat may not appreciate your approach. That being said, with a bit of judicious editing this ...
by bigheadx
June 21st, 2010, 5:42 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Will grovel for feedback. I Would Have Loved You Anyway.
Replies: 26
Views: 4224

Re: Will grovel for feedback. I Would Have Loved You Anyway.

FWIW: Very impressed with these observations! Friends, CHOICE ONE: Dear (Agent of choice), Presley O'Connor expects a memorable senior year. What she doesn't expect is the letter that arrives on her eighteenth birthday with her mutilated senior picture and a wish for a happy last birthday. A decent...