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by RebeccaHamilton
June 27th, 2010, 12:35 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Something's wrong... Help please. [new version]
Replies: 10
Views: 1901

Re: Something's wrong... I can't find it. Help please.

If there was one thing I hated about Thanksgiving break, it was [the fact] that there was never time for the break part. Somewhere between their research and yelling at the department heads, our professors looked into their grade books and realized they were as empty as their students’ pockets. Fol...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 11:30 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Is this a partial request?
Replies: 11
Views: 1970

Re: Is this a partial request?

This sounds like a request to follow the guidelines: Per Agents guidelines, please send the first ten pages of your manuscript, along with the original query. Sounds like this is something the agent wants from EVERYONE. As in--please send your query WITH the first 10 pages. You didn't do this and yo...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 10:18 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: The Scent of Rain and Lightning- WIN A COPY?
Replies: 0
Views: 629

The Scent of Rain and Lightning- WIN A COPY?

Has anyone here read any books by Nancy Pickard? I recently came across her novel, The Virgin of Small Plains, and loved it SO much it became my favorite book of all time. I recommended it to my friend, and she had the same reaction. So I bought two hardcover autographed copies, one for me and one t...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 7:42 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 192823

Re: Ask Nathan

Thank you, Nathan. That's what I thought :) I want the agent to like my work because it's in good condition, not because so-and-so copy-edited it. But I didn't want to be rude either. Appreciate your quick response. It's good to know it would be assumed they were paid, also, and not done on a mentor...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 12:38 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 192823

Re: Ask Nathan

Dear Nathan, I'm working with a reputable editor on my novel (she's pretty well known, and I know her only in a professional manner, not friend, relative, or anything of the sort). Do I offer to mention her in my query (is this the polite thing to do--to give her credit for the state of my manuscrip...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 10:42 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: First Page YA: opinions on voice and technique appreciated
Replies: 30
Views: 5771

Re: First Page YA: opinions on voice and technique appreciated

I loved this. IT was realistic and emotional. I didn't think your MC was mean AT ALL. But hey, I like "mean" MC's anyway. There is some rumor being passed around (Even by agents and publishers!) that readers don't like "unlikable" MCs. Umm... well me and a TON of other people I know DO. We like hone...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 10:35 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Born to Die opening *Critique?*
Replies: 8
Views: 1775

Re: Born to Die opening *Critique?*

I concentrate as hard as I can, but I know I will never do what my father wants; I will never lift the orb. I look into my father's desperate brown eyes. Beads of sweat have formed on his brow and his face is flushed. Instead of "I look" maybe "His eyes are desperate, maybe even a little sad." (tha...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 10:13 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Angel of Darkness - Chapter One
Replies: 2
Views: 752

Re: Angel of Darkness - Chapter One

Dirt sprayed into Lex’s eyes as another missile struck the earth. He stumbled backward, tripping over torn limbs and discarded weapons. The sky above rumbled and lightning flashed, as though the world was at war with itself. A sudden wind brought the stench of sweat, blood and decay. Lex gripped hi...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 10:03 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: First page YA fantasy critique - open to any and all advice!
Replies: 10
Views: 2282

Re: First page YA fantasy critique - open to any and all advice!

Catherine stands in the doorway of the kitchen and watches her husband pack clothes into a blue duffle bag. She cannot believe this is happening again. I'm putting my head into a teens perspective. Short attention span and wanting something to relate to. I want the teen characters from the onset. N...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 9:50 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Do you need a Critique Partner?
Replies: 21
Views: 6728

Re: Do you need a Critique Partner?

Writing Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Will Read Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Gothic or Historical Horror, or Mystery My novel is about 95,000 words and I can probably critique 25-50 pages per week. I can provide samples of my critiques to anyone who might be interested and would prefer to d...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 8:54 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: What's appropriate?
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: What's appropriate?

She has been an editor for 28 years. Not a friend, doesn't work for a publishing house. What happened was, I hired her brother initially (Sol Stein--yes THE Sol Stein, since people always ask me this.). He helped me with my first chapters and recommended me to work with his sister, Toby Stein. He fo...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 26th, 2010, 8:51 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: What's appropriate?
Replies: 3
Views: 922

Re: What's appropriate?

She has been an editor for 28 years. Not a friend, doesn't work for a publishing house. What happened was, I hired her brother initially (Sol Stein--yes THE Sol Stein, since people always ask me this.). He helped me with my first chapters and recommended me to work with his sister, Toby Stein. He fo...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 25th, 2010, 9:14 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Is this a partial request?
Replies: 11
Views: 1970

Re: Is this a partial request?

I would read that to mean the first ten pages should have been included the first time. Hope that helps.
by RebeccaHamilton
June 25th, 2010, 9:03 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: What's appropriate?
Replies: 3
Views: 922

What's appropriate?

I'm working with a reputable editor on my novel and I'm not sure what is appropriate in regards to mentioning her in the query. Name-dropping I think would be tacky, and at the same time it seems impolite not to credit her for the work she did. Of course I'd mention her in my thank you's, should I e...
by RebeccaHamilton
June 9th, 2010, 1:59 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: 283026

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

Working Title: The Life and Death of Lilith Whittard Genre: Gothic Horror Words: 241 During the darker years, Lilith never slept. She lay on her side at night, huddled beneath a woolen blanket, waiting for her father to descend upon her room. The hush of the wind in the trees outside urged her to ke...