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by J. T. SHEA
September 6th, 2021, 12:59 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query critique 9/9/21
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Re: Query critique 9/9/21

An intriguing query! Only one small caveat occurs to me offhand. While I have no problem with high profile comparisons, I would not describe my work as a retelling of someone else's, however loose. Something along the lines of “I believe fans of the Iron Man or Iron Giant will enjoy Cable,” might be...
by J. T. SHEA
August 26th, 2021, 1:46 am
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query critique 8/26/21
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: Query critique 8/26/21

Interesting! I just have a few thoughts:- Dear [Agent], I am seeking representation for my paranormal mystery novel, THIEF OF BREAN. The book is complete at 75000 words and is first in a planned duology. A serial murder case with no witness or evidence is Detective Carleton Lavely’s last shot at kee...
by J. T. SHEA
July 27th, 2021, 1:01 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: agent seeks author investment
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: agent seeks author investment

Greetings, kindred spirit indeed! I did a little googling and have a few thoughts. Conrad Press is not an agency, though its principal James Essinger (a prolific author) briefly ran Canterbury Literary Agency, which sold few books, according to him, and is now defunct as far I can tell. As is often ...
by J. T. SHEA
July 24th, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: e.g., CP ask: "Fix My Phrase"...pls pick your favorite version: 1a? 1b? 1c? 1d? 1e? 1f? 1g?..........genres=OpEd,etc
Replies: 0
Views: 597

Re: e.g., CP ask: "Fix My Phrase"...pls pick your favorite version: 1a? 1b? 1c? 1d? 1e? 1f? 1g?..........genres=OpEd,etc

While interesting, your post seems off-topic both for the Critique Partner section and probably for this writing website in general. I'll leave it here but I suggest you post any follow-ups in the “Procrastination” section or, if you intend to publish it elsewhere and really want feedback, in the “E...
by J. T. SHEA
May 13th, 2021, 12:07 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Where is Administration forums.nathanbransford.com ??
Replies: 1
Views: 688

Re: Where is Administration forums.nathanbransford.com ??

Nathan is the administrator. I am the moderator. You can PM either of us.
by J. T. SHEA
April 1st, 2021, 3:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Where is Administration forums.nathanbransford.com?
Replies: 1
Views: 622

Re: Where is Administration forums.nathanbransford.com?

I moderate the Forums for Nathan. You can use the Private Messages system (see top right of screen) to contact either of us.
by J. T. SHEA
November 13th, 2020, 1:45 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: The start of The Guilds End (936 words)
Replies: 6
Views: 2277

Re: The start of The Guilds End (936 words)

I like this. A good start with situation and characters introduced well. I would read on. No improvements or corrections occur to me offhand.
by J. T. SHEA
June 10th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 636
Views: 296264

Re: The Introduction Thread

Yes indeed! Mostly writers posting pages or queries for critiques at the moment. Nathan's blog is well worth checking out too.
by J. T. SHEA
March 5th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query critique 3/5/20
Replies: 2
Views: 4670

Re: Query critique 3/5/20

July 11th!? I've lost four months!? Must be time travel...Or too many Monster drinks...
by J. T. SHEA
January 31st, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis Mystery Novel
Replies: 1
Views: 6741

Re: Synopsis Mystery Novel

An interesting mystery thriller with a downbeat ending. Your synopsis is clear and succinct, Just one quibble:- “She is able to log into his laptop after a couple of unsuccessful attempts and discovers a lab document. She realizes who is the killer. She tries to log into his laptop but cannot guess ...
by J. T. SHEA
December 30th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: DEEP POV
Replies: 1
Views: 3208

Re: DEEP POV

I'm not quite sure about Deep POV being the latest rage. Your piece seems in a fairly normal POV to me. Perhaps I am just so used to Deep POV that I take it for granted. Anyway, I'll just reproduce your piece with a few suggestions:- Gideon awoke to the blare of sirens. A bright light hurt his eyes ...
by J. T. SHEA
December 6th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: Thanks for 10 years!!
Replies: 1
Views: 5625

Re: Thanks for 10 years!!

Illustrious? But I don't have any tatoos! Oh, wait... But seriously, thanks to you, Nathan for creating this place and to my esteemed predecessors as moderators, and to all the many members. When you started these forums I had absolutely no idea the publishing industry would still be alive and activ...
by J. T. SHEA
July 25th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Canada or New Zealand
Replies: 2
Views: 6386

Re: Canada or New Zealand

To visit, live, or invade? Canada is closer for invasion and we have more experience, having invaded it five times during the 1812 War. Also see “SOUTH PARK THE MOVIE”. But do be careful, those wily Canadians have been lulling us into a false sense of security now for 200 years! New Zealand might be...
by J. T. SHEA
June 1st, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your favorite writing spot?
Replies: 6
Views: 5944

Re: What's your favorite writing spot?

I assume (and hope!) your roof is flat, unless you straddle its apex, which would quite literally be PEAK creativity! My roof slopes at 45 degrees. Speaking of songs, I could probably fiddle on my roof, if I knew how to fiddle. But I write on a computer in an ordinary room, which does have a view of...
by J. T. SHEA
May 24th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you choose your novel's perspective?
Replies: 2
Views: 3963

Re: How do you choose your novel's perspective?

A very good question, Nathan! My answer(s) might be all of the above, depending on the story. But I've always been drawn to the Observer/Narrator POV, the “Watson/Boswell” approach, as in James Boswell's biography of his friend Dr. Samuel Johnson, in non-fiction, and the Sherlock Holmes stories and ...