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by John Dillon
October 15th, 2010, 3:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: About Controversialness for 8-12 readers.
Replies: 7
Views: 1727

Re: About Controversialness for 8-12 readers.

Louise's answer was better than mine, so I defer to her.
by John Dillon
October 12th, 2010, 4:01 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Agent has full. Should I sent a revised manuscript?
Replies: 4
Views: 1291

Re: Agent has full. Should I sent a revised manuscript?

I once asked this question to Nathan and he hedged. I went ahead and sent the revision and apologized for any inconvenience it might have caused. The agency was very receptive, and even expressed gratitude, to my email. Ultimately, the agency rejected my work, but wrote the nicest rejection I've had...
by John Dillon
September 17th, 2010, 11:40 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Lulu v. Createspace
Replies: 1
Views: 681

Lulu v. Createspace

Any thoughts? Any experiences?

Thanks.
by John Dillon
September 17th, 2010, 11:33 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Should self-published book be told
Replies: 10
Views: 2257

Re: Should self-published book be told

How long did it take you to sell the 1,000 copies? How did you go about doing that? What publisher did you use? Did you pay for any services? Do you have any general advice regarding the self-publishing process?

Big thanks.
by John Dillon
September 15th, 2010, 2:34 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 93504

Re: Rejection Stats

I'm kind of surprised how generally few queries have been sent by those reporting in this thread. I'm used to seeing stories about writers who found their agent after 75 attempts. I hope you guys putting your stats up are keeping on sending those queries out! Continued best of luck to all! I was on...
by John Dillon
August 22nd, 2010, 3:45 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Publisher directly..No agent?
Replies: 11
Views: 1814

Re: Publisher directly..No agent?

Is the publisher legit? Major press? Small press? Vanity press? Ostensibly, an agent has the connections with the publishers, but you don't need that. Furthermore, an agent should be able to get you a better deal than you can get for yourself, but you won't be sharing your advance or royalties with ...
by John Dillon
August 18th, 2010, 9:50 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 18395

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

JuiceinLA wrote:
And John- that is just painful. Absolutely painful. good gawd.
You have no idea. Check out http://www.robertkline.com And once you're there, don't forget to visit the section of the site labeled, "how do mermaids and sea-maidens reproduce?"
by John Dillon
August 18th, 2010, 2:58 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 18395

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

Some other guy in my home state with my same name has a website where he sells his self-published novels that are meant to accompany his paintings of sea-maidens.

I've wondered if any agent has ever tried to Google me and then found him. I sure hope not.
by John Dillon
August 15th, 2010, 8:36 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 181004

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, I have never seen an agent list "autobiographical fiction" as a genre he or she represents, so I'm reluctant to use that phrase in a query letter. I'm more inclined to use something generic like "mainstream fiction" or "literary fiction with commercial appeal" and then state in the bio parag...
by John Dillon
August 8th, 2010, 3:02 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Benefits of attending conferences for finding agent
Replies: 9
Views: 1872

Re: Benefits of attending conferences for finding agent

Then she suggested hiring an editor. I queried the editor she suggested, but that person . . . . It's very exciting that you've gotten some really positive feedback on you memoir. Keep up the good work. I'm sure you can find a few places to trim some fat. Even if you're reluctant to cut sections/pa...
by John Dillon
August 5th, 2010, 9:20 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: This may be a minor question.....
Replies: 11
Views: 1795

Re: This may be a minor question.....

Moreover, a woman who gets annoyed by a stranger who addresses her as Ms. will be annoying. LOL. Sorry. Sure, why not? It's so easy to find an agent. Who wants one with a feminist tick. What exactly is the outrage over "Ms."? Why would a feminist take offense to that term? What term would be prefer...
by John Dillon
August 4th, 2010, 3:06 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: This may be a minor question.....
Replies: 11
Views: 1795

Re: This may be a minor question.....

cheekychook wrote:A woman who gets annoyed by a stranger who addresses her as Ms. will be annoyed because she has a personal issue with the title, not because you've breached etiquette.
Well said.

Moreover, a woman who gets annoyed by a stranger who addresses her as Ms. will be annoying.
by John Dillon
July 29th, 2010, 10:22 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 181004

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, Three weeks ago an agent requested a full manuscript of my novel. Since then, I've made some edits. The edits are not major, but I believe they improve the work. Would it be unprofessional to send an email to the agent and say something like, "if you have not yet found time to review my manu...