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by Truth and Fiction
November 4th, 2010, 1:29 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Mention Previous Partial?
Replies: 9
Views: 1342

Re: Mention Previous Partial?

I think what gave me pause was it sounds like the original poster is querying the same project, to the same agent, again. I thought that was a no-no for most agents, even if the work has been revised, unless the agent asked to see a revision.
by Truth and Fiction
November 3rd, 2010, 2:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How much do you pay for getting your manuscript proofread?
Replies: 21
Views: 2204

Re: How much do you pay for getting your manuscript proofread?

kans_007 wrote: I wonder if Truth and Fiction will give me 50 cents for this :) ...sorry T&F I couldn't help it :)
It was a test! A test! Lucky for you, you passed.
by Truth and Fiction
November 2nd, 2010, 12:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How much do you pay for getting your manuscript proofread?
Replies: 21
Views: 2204

Re: How much do you pay for getting your manuscript proofread?

If this person went through and not only proofread for you, but also offered critiques, I don't think you overpaid at all. I wouldn't do that kind of work for only $25/hour. (Esp. when you consider the tax issues for a contract/self-employed worker). I think many people charge by the page, which wou...
by Truth and Fiction
November 1st, 2010, 11:29 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 15592

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

Really, your blog can function as your website anyway. If you can, simply include a contact section, maybe a brief bio section and maybe a page with a brief description of your project, while keeping the blog as the main thing. Good luck!
by Truth and Fiction
November 1st, 2010, 2:29 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Literary Fiction
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: Literary Fiction

I'm a literary fiction writer, too. I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for in terms of "highs and lows" but I'll add: Highs -- It's character driven, which is what I most relate to. It can be complex and moving and beautifully written. But most simply, it's what I love to read and write. Grant...
by Truth and Fiction
November 1st, 2010, 2:09 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 15592

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

Sara, I think the blog is enough. I actually think it's unprofessional to have a website all about your unpublished works in progress, acting as if they're already published books or heavily trying to market them, etc. Yes, you can certainly include project descriptions and info about what you're wo...
by Truth and Fiction
October 27th, 2010, 1:05 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Nirvana: Absolute Freedom: Spiritual Non-fiction
Replies: 12
Views: 1492

Re: Query: Nirvana: Absolute Freedom: Spiritual Non-fiction

I'm not a nonfiction person, but I have to wonder -- is 23,000 an appropriate length for certain types of nonfiction books? When I first saw the word count, I assumed photos/diagrams/illustrations/etc. must play a large role in the book since it's so short. I would have thought around 50,000 words w...
by Truth and Fiction
October 27th, 2010, 12:58 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Has an agent gotten your name wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 988

Re: Has an agent gotten your name wrong?

Honestly, until you become a client (or the agent has at least expressed interest in representing you), I don't think there's much to complain about. Yes, it's a little annoying, and would make anyone feel overlooked, but he did his job in responding to your query/manuscript -- and even with a perso...
by Truth and Fiction
October 27th, 2010, 12:53 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Mention Previous Partial?
Replies: 9
Views: 1342

Re: Mention Previous Partial?

So you're querying the same project they already rejected? My understanding was that you only get one shot -- if an agent rejects your query or partial, you shouldn't resubmit that same project later, even if it's heavily revised -- unless, of course, the agent has welcomed a revision. If you have H...
by Truth and Fiction
October 27th, 2010, 12:45 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Present Tense
Replies: 10
Views: 1170

Re: Present Tense

I don't mind present tense if it's done well. I think, however, it is more difficult to sustain successfully over a longer work (especially in first person) compared to a short story. So you're giving yourself an extra challenge right away. I don't think anyone should be told to absolutely avoid a c...
by Truth and Fiction
October 22nd, 2010, 10:22 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 15592

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

I'm glad I found this thread so I can now look at everyone's sites! I started a site and blog this summer (link in signature). I think it can be helpful and fun if you are actually interested in it and willing to invest the time. I can tell through google analytics that people find my site by search...
by Truth and Fiction
October 22nd, 2010, 10:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Random Name Generator
Replies: 8
Views: 9524

Re: Random Name Generator

Sorry, I don't know anything about this. All I know is that my "random name generator" is opening a phone book and scanning the names until I find one that feels right. I'm starting to realize, though, that phone books probably won't exist for much longer...
by Truth and Fiction
October 20th, 2010, 10:57 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Should wealthy writers win literary awards?
Replies: 32
Views: 9158

Re: Should wealthy writers win literary awards?

Agree with everyone else that a writers' bank account has nothing to do with it. (Kind of like when people get upset that "good" or semi-established writers win short story contests. Yeah, if all the fast runners stayed home from the race, I might have a chance of winning too.) But thank you, Steve,...
by Truth and Fiction
October 20th, 2010, 10:51 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Editor's "indefinite hiatus"
Replies: 2
Views: 575

Re: Editor's "indefinite hiatus"

So this was an editor you paid to help work on your book, right? It sounds like you take your current manuscript (if you do believe it's ready) and start to search for an agent. That would be your next step whether or not this editor was on an "indefinite hiatus" anyway. If you haven't received all ...
by Truth and Fiction
October 20th, 2010, 10:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Crowd-sourced Editing
Replies: 8
Views: 1407

Re: Crowd-sourced Editing

The thought of asking anyone to pay to read and critique my novel in progress (even if it's only 99 cents) cracks me up. Of course he views it as positive...he's attracting new readers, making some money, and even getting media attention and nibbles from publishers. According to the Chronicle, his b...