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by Jude Hardin
April 17th, 2010, 8:50 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Which celeb/s have you met?
Replies: 32
Views: 10070

Re: Which celeb/s have you met?

Bill Murray, John Candy, Harold Ramis, and Ivan Reitman when I was an extra in the movie Stripes.
by Jude Hardin
January 15th, 2010, 7:33 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How to Lose Weight and Get a Seven-Figure Book Deal
Replies: 0
Views: 663

How to Lose Weight and Get a Seven-Figure Book Deal

One of my humanities professors in college, a rather portly fellow I’ll call Dr. Gibbs, once told me vigorous physical exercise is actually very bad for you. You’re only allotted a certain number of heartbeats per lifetime, he said, and exercise makes them tick off way faster than necessary. Hmm... ...
by Jude Hardin
December 9th, 2009, 11:04 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: 1st round of rejections
Replies: 16
Views: 3774

Re: 1st round of rejections

One of the problems with writing YA is that you have to get past the parents and librarians first. I'm thinking a lot of them would associate tarot reading with the occult and wouldn't want their girls dabbling in it. Your query is pretty good, I think, but the subject matter might be holding you ba...
by Jude Hardin
December 9th, 2009, 8:55 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for Debut novel
Replies: 18
Views: 3750

Re: Query for Debut novel

Just remember that the main function of a query is to entice an agent to read the manuscript. Good luck!
by Jude Hardin
December 8th, 2009, 11:57 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for Debut novel
Replies: 18
Views: 3750

Re: Query for Debut novel

HERE IS AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE QUERY - Thank you all for your feedback! Dear ---, Facing seemingly inescapable legal problems and disappearing options , best friends Derek and James have to decide between fighting for their future s and running for their lives . After accidentally killing a girl...
by Jude Hardin
December 8th, 2009, 10:10 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Peer Critique TW REVISED
Replies: 11
Views: 3135

Re: Query Peer Critique TW

Dear Awesome Agent: Psychotherapist Letty Whittaker, a professional secret keeper, has a few secrets of her own. When Wayne, a client’s abusive boyfriend, decides to make Letty pay for “conspiring” with his fleeing girlfriend, Letty must learn to protect herself, her client, and her own newly - achi...
by Jude Hardin
December 8th, 2009, 9:06 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Preface and backstory.
Replies: 17
Views: 5410

Re: Preface and backstory.

Info dumps are usually boring. I say get on with the story.
by Jude Hardin
December 8th, 2009, 7:47 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Pitch for WIP
Replies: 8
Views: 2693

Re: Pitch for WIP

Some good points Hyrum, Rena, and Casnow. Thanks.
by Jude Hardin
December 8th, 2009, 7:41 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for Debut novel
Replies: 18
Views: 3750

Re: Query for Debut novel

It’s called the fight or flight instinct, but in reality it is a probability analysis made from thousands of pieces of data that occurs over the course of seconds, hours, or days. The analysis changes and evolves with the situation and the severity of the outcome – the result determines who we are. ...
by Jude Hardin
December 7th, 2009, 9:26 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: While waiting ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2224

Re: While waiting ...

I'm not sure how this usually works, but maybe Nathan can shed some light on it. If an editor is interested enough to send a revision letter and then re-read the ms after a rewrite, shouldn't s/he get an exclusive look?
by Jude Hardin
December 7th, 2009, 7:29 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: While waiting ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2224

Re: While waiting ...

I'm confused. Is the 2nd publisher reading the version with revisions based on comments from the 1st? Did the 1st end up passing on it?
by Jude Hardin
December 7th, 2009, 5:31 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Pitch for WIP
Replies: 8
Views: 2693

Re: Pitch for WIP

Thanks, Mira and Nathan. Good advice.
by Jude Hardin
December 7th, 2009, 5:13 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Pitch for WIP
Replies: 8
Views: 2693

Pitch for WIP

This is a mock-up pitch for a work in progress. Just wanted to get some thoughts/suggestions: Welcome to Pewee Valley, Tennessee, population 642. Three retired carnival workers--a clown, a fortuneteller, and a magician--friends since childhood, are celebrating Thanksgiving at different locations whe...