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by Down the well
June 19th, 2011, 1:00 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: On Memory, books, and the internet
Replies: 1
Views: 737

Re: On Memory, books, and the internet

The reason I decided to write this was because the (far more detailed) story from The Discoverers reminded me of some thoughts I had been having regarding the effects on memory of the internet age. If the rise of books had been a death knell for developing memory as a tool, how much worse is the in...
by Down the well
June 17th, 2011, 10:38 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 63904

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

Hey Cheekychook, late congrats!! That's great news.



And Margo too, though I already congratulated you on your blog. :)
by Down the well
May 18th, 2011, 3:00 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When do you revise your MS?
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: When do you revise your MS?

But is it a bit weird to revise based on a half-comment from an agent who turned down the book? I did do a revision based on one agent's remarks, but it was because I thought she was right about a couple of things. And I knew how I could implement the changes. If you think there's a way to improve ...
by Down the well
May 14th, 2011, 5:38 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 85153

Re: Rejection Stats

Ready to puke here. One of the agents who requested a partial liked what I sent, and asked for a full. She's said she'll have an answer for me on Monday. Hoo-boy. I'm not surprised at all. I remember your query. Your novel sounds really cool. Good luck! And that is a really fast turn around. I wish...
by Down the well
May 12th, 2011, 3:10 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Golden Rule of Social Networking? Don't Be A D*ck
Replies: 4
Views: 1251

Re: Golden Rule of Social Networking? Don't Be A D*ck

Nicely put. Couldn't agree more. People are absolutely attracted to the positive.
by Down the well
May 11th, 2011, 10:57 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 608
Views: 142383

Re: The Introduction Thread

LibbyHeily wrote:Hi! My name's Libby. Just thought I'd drop in and say hello. I'm a writer from Virginia. I write mostly plays and screenplays but am working on my first novel. Wish me luck!

Libby
Welcome to the forum, Libby. Good to see you here!!
by Down the well
May 11th, 2011, 10:52 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: How many books do you read per week (or month)?
Replies: 35
Views: 9034

Re: How many books do you read per week (or month)?

I read anywhere from 2 - 8 a month. I do two audiobooks at one time, one on my iPod and one on my iPhone (read - one for the gym and running and one while I clean and cook). I physically read usually 2 - 3 books at once though not always by choice. It just ends up happening. Standard for me is to b...
by Down the well
May 4th, 2011, 9:20 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Panic at the finish line approaches
Replies: 10
Views: 1813

Re: Panic at the finish line approaches

As I sit here, I feel panic welling up inside and I'm on the verge of tears. I don't know if I'm afraid of the coming rejection, suddenly having doubts about the quality of my work, or both... Has anyone else felt this way? I can relate one hundred percent. I got a full request from a recent pitch ...
by Down the well
May 1st, 2011, 3:56 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: It's Heavier Than A Small Child!
Replies: 10
Views: 1204

Re: It's Heavier Than A Small Child!

Congrats. That's awesome. :)
by Down the well
April 21st, 2011, 5:25 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: First Person Synopsis
Replies: 2
Views: 688

Re: First Person Synopsis

Strictly third person is the way to go. No gimmicks. It's the author summarizing the story for a prospective reader/agent.
by Down the well
April 20th, 2011, 9:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Separating confidence from self-doubt
Replies: 5
Views: 1967

Re: Separating confidence from self-doubt

So, now, my beta readers have started reading my first book --- which I have put through so many rounds of edits that I can recall most of the sentences from it by memory --- and they keep telling me they love it. One person told me they read the entire thing in one afternoon because he couldn't pu...
by Down the well
April 20th, 2011, 9:06 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Writer Stereotyping
Replies: 4
Views: 934

Re: Writer Stereotyping

I know when people meet me in person they think I'm very quiet and reserved. My novels are anything but. Of course, anyone who gets to know me better realizes I'm not reserved or genteel at all, that's just my good first impression behavior. And, yes, I probably judge others the same way. If I saw a...
by Down the well
April 16th, 2011, 7:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Synopsis and POVs
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: Synopsis and POVs

Agents read the synopsis to see if there are good conflicts, believable plot progression/pacing, clear story arcs, a realistic/satisfying conclusion, well-developed characters And do it all in two pages. DEATH TO THE SYNOPSIS. *ahem* Brief rant over. I feel better. I really do. Now to go tackle the...
by Down the well
April 16th, 2011, 2:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Defining a book's genre
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: Defining a book's genre

Yeah, I'd go with Women's Fiction. Even though the novel has other elements, you only need to concentrate on one for purposes of querying. Best of luck with it.
by Down the well
April 12th, 2011, 10:34 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Jacob Wonderbar... the book trailer!
Replies: 5
Views: 660

Re: Jacob Wonderbar... the book trailer!

Wow, how much fun is that? Very cool.