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by Adam Heine
June 5th, 2011, 2:13 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Positive exposure or professional suicide?
Replies: 18
Views: 5022

Re: Positive exposure or professional suicide?

I did this exact thing. I wrote a short story set in the same world as my work-in-progress, got it published , and mentioned in the bio there about the connection. Now, it's entirely possible that my current lack of an agent is due to that short story being up there, but based on the feedback I've g...
by Adam Heine
October 22nd, 2010, 10:41 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Page Critique Friday 10/22/10
Replies: 9
Views: 13073

Re: Page Critique Friday 10/22/10

This is really well-written! My only hiccup was when she went into the flashback. It felt ALMOST heavy-handed to me. But I'd read on, because whether or not it was heavy-handed really depends on how the next few pages play out. I think about her: My mom, my Mama. I was here three months ago... Maybe...
by Adam Heine
October 6th, 2010, 3:50 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Guest Blog--The Last Writing Tips You'll Ever Need
Replies: 14
Views: 2883

Re: Guest Blog--The Last Writing Tips You'll Ever Need

It's not an info-dump if the stuff being dumped is cool.

You gotta write the way you speak or no one's gonna take you for serious.
Loved these two. Laughed out loud at both. Well done.
by Adam Heine
October 4th, 2010, 8:44 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The Slow Death of a Literary Agent
Replies: 0
Views: 776

The Slow Death of a Literary Agent

Average American You are an average American. You sleep 8 hours, eat 2.5 hours a day, work 40 hours a week, and commute a quarter of an hour each way.* The rest of your time is split pretty evenly between things you Have To Do (cooking, cleaning, fixing things, buying things...) and things you Want...
by Adam Heine
September 28th, 2010, 9:24 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query Critique Friday 9/24/10
Replies: 16
Views: 18362

Re: Query Critique Friday 9/24/10

Nathan, you totally just made my day :-D
by Adam Heine
September 28th, 2010, 8:57 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query Critique Friday 9/24/10
Replies: 16
Views: 18362

Re: Query Critique Friday 9/24/10

Thanks, zen. By "pages," I think Nathan meant he would check out the sample pages he normally gets with a query (as opposed to requesting the first 30-50 pages). I officially queried him with this one a while ago and he said no :-) I might try him again after my revisions, but only if I make big eno...
by Adam Heine
September 24th, 2010, 9:03 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query Critique Friday 9/24/10
Replies: 16
Views: 18362

Re: Query Critique Friday 9/24/10

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. I really shouldn't be surprised at any of them; the parts I like are the parts you all like, and the parts I'm sketchy on are the parts you all mentioned. This novel has almost run through its query cycle, but I'm working on some major revisions and hope to ru...
by Adam Heine
August 15th, 2010, 2:41 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 10 reasons e-books might not eat the world
Replies: 90
Views: 24059

Re: 10 reasons e-books might not eat the world

Re: Mira and Margo. Books may not be INconvenient, but the point is that e-books are MORE convenient. So yeah, there will be people who have no problems with books the way they are and can't see where e-books fit. Then there are people like me, who would love the convenience of owning any book insta...
by Adam Heine
August 14th, 2010, 7:05 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: 10 reasons e-books might not eat the world
Replies: 90
Views: 24059

Re: 10 reasons e-books might not eat the world

I agree with Nathan too. I recently wrote about why a pure e-book future wouldn't be so bad (along with a few things I will miss if it ever happens). I think the bottom line is that convenience will win in the end. And really, we buy books for the stories, not the paper, yes?
by Adam Heine
June 14th, 2010, 8:03 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 213
Views: 120816

Re: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog

Dear Mr. Bransford: For Hagai's twenty-first birthday, his mother sends him a stone that gives visions of the future. But he doesn't know why she sent it, or how, since she was killed eighteen years ago. Hagai's not exactly a hero -- the bravest thing he's ever done is put peppers in his stew -- yet...
by Adam Heine
June 9th, 2010, 10:21 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: 284657

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

TITLE: Azrael's Curse GENRE: Science Fantasy “You've been here everyday for a week, mate,” the shopkeep said. “Good stew.” Sam tugged his hood, keeping his face carefully shadowed. He had thought he could say it with a straight face. “You waiting for someone?” Sam said nothing, just slurped his stew...
by Adam Heine
January 15th, 2010, 8:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Why You Should Listen to Your Betas, Usually
Replies: 0
Views: 589

Why You Should Listen to Your Betas, Usually

You've written your novel. You've sent it to your beta readers. And after weeks of nail biting and e-mail checking, you've finally received their response. Now, most writers want affirmation from their betas, but not you. You want to grow, to improve. You eagerly open their comments hoping to learn ...
by Adam Heine
December 24th, 2009, 11:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Sam said vs. said Sam
Replies: 10
Views: 2043

Re: Sam said vs. said Sam

Scott wrote:Definitely neither if it's not Sam.
Ha! Good point!
by Adam Heine
December 24th, 2009, 10:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Sam said vs. said Sam
Replies: 10
Views: 2043

Sam said vs. said Sam

Dialog tags with proper nouns. Should it be "Sam said" or "said Sam" or does it matter? I've been getting conflicting advice on this. Some say it's always one or the other. Some say one is American the other is British. Some say they've never heard of such a rule. I've been skimming through publishe...
by Adam Heine
December 7th, 2009, 8:08 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 194606

Two-timeline synopsis

This isn't strictly about publishing, but I'd appreciate any advice you can give. I've got a novel written in two timelines: one present, one past. Some of the same characters are present in both timelines, and I've been having difficulty writing the synopsis in a way that's not confusing. So, quest...