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by gilesth
October 5th, 2011, 12:59 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 338918

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I have a guest blogger on today to talk about my Charity of the Month: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Please check it out at http://gilesth.blogspot.com
by gilesth
July 20th, 2011, 12:58 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Re: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

New version. I want to send this out tomorrow. Dear Agent, Chris Drake hunts dragons with an assault rifle. That’s a pretty cool job for a sixteen-year-old. Too bad he started breathing fire and growing scales. If the dragon slayers’ guild finds out that he’s turning into a dragon, they’ll kill him....
by gilesth
July 18th, 2011, 8:40 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: REDEEMING GRACE, take 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2173

Re: Query: REDEEMING GRACE, take 2

I agree with Quill, but I'd like to add that it seems like there's some information missing from this query. It appears as though very little actually happens in this 110,000 word novel. At least based on this query. I want to know why it's important for the protagonist to help Grace. Right now it l...
by gilesth
July 18th, 2011, 8:27 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Re: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

I think I got it... Dear Agent, Chris Drake hunts dragons with an assault rifle. That’s a pretty cool job for a sixteen-year-old. Too bad he started breathing fire and growing scales. If the dragon slayers’ guild finds out that he’s turning into a dragon, they’ll kill him. He’s not just afraid to be...
by gilesth
July 13th, 2011, 9:05 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Reception - Revised
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

Re: The Reception - First Attempt

I agree with oldhousejunkie. I also think the first paragraph is missing something. I think you should definitely open with Autumn being stuck in a wall, but the rest of it (how smart she is) doesn't really tell me anything. How does that relate to the rest of the query, the story itself, and why do...
by gilesth
July 6th, 2011, 10:17 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Re: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

How's this? Dear Agent, Chris Drake hunts dragons with an assault rifle. That’s a pretty cool job for a sixteen-year-old. Too bad he started breathing fire and growing scales. If the dragon slayers’ guild finds out that he’s turning into a dragon, they’ll kill him. He’s not just afraid to be hunted ...
by gilesth
July 3rd, 2011, 5:29 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Re: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

I didn't like where the query was going. I needed to put some other stuff in there, so here are some re-writes I came up with. I've been trying to make improvements on my own, but I'm distracted by leaks in my crawlspace. Any ideas for me while I try to sort out my breaking home? Dear Agent, Chris D...
by gilesth
June 22nd, 2011, 10:06 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Re: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

Thanks, all :D I just got back from vacation, so I'll start working on it when I'm over the jet-lag.
by gilesth
June 15th, 2011, 2:21 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Re: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

How's this? Dear Agent, Chris Drake hunts dragons with an assault rifle. That’s a pretty cool job for a sixteen-year-old. Too bad started breathing fire and growing scales. If the dragon slayers’ guild finds out that he’s shapeshifting, they’ll kill him because dragons are the only creatures capable...
by gilesth
June 14th, 2011, 6:44 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

Re: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

Great notes, I can REALLY work with these :D. Chris may empathize with dragons in a future book if I ever get the opportunity to write a sequel, but for now, he believes all dragons are evil. He is half-dragon, but he doesn't find that out until mid-way through the book. And in this universe, dragon...
by gilesth
June 14th, 2011, 2:23 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW
Replies: 13
Views: 2368

YA Fantasy Query: THE DRAGON'S NEPHEW

I've been working on this query for a while. I've gotten some great feedback, and I like this a lot more than previous versions. But I miss stuff. Any and all feedback is appreciated :) Please and thank you. --------------- Dear Agent, Chris Drake hunts dragons with an assault rifle. That’s a pretty...
by gilesth
June 14th, 2011, 2:20 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: REVISED QUERY (post 22) - MG - THE MODERN CAVEBOY'S GUIDE...
Replies: 24
Views: 4101

Re: QUERY - MG Adventure - ESCAPE FROM THE UNDERGROUND CITY

Dear Agent: Since you’ve expressed an interest in middle grade boy books, I thought you might like ESCAPE FROM THE UNDERGROUND CITY, a middle grade adventure novel complete at 44,600 words. Put this paragraph at the end. Conventional wisdom states that your story should come first. Lynching, hangin...
by gilesth
June 14th, 2011, 9:34 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Courier--Young Adult Query--Round Two Posted :)
Replies: 8
Views: 1792

Re: The Courier--Young Adult Query--Thanks in Advance :)

It’s been a century since the Collapse, This opening phrase feels a little flat. Try to reword it without "been." Something like, "A century after the Colloapse, the Colony is thriving." and the Colony is thriving. Norah is set to inherit her father’s prestigious job as the Courier between the isol...
by gilesth
June 8th, 2011, 5:21 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 338918

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Today I responded both to the WSJ YA Fiction review, and the bloggers who responded to the WSJ.

High Aspirations: My Response to the WSJ http://bit.ly/iyoejV
by gilesth
May 11th, 2011, 1:48 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 338918

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I'm back online! Today I have a guest post from musician Danny Oertli. He's talking about my Charity of the Month.

http://gilesth.blogspot.com/2011/05/gue ... ertli.html