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by Jessa
November 6th, 2010, 1:59 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query *3RD REVISION*
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

Re: The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query *3RD REVISION*

Dear (specific agent): There's a vampire loose in Savannah, and it's Rachel Marsh's fault. Rachel is a witch, hiding her magical talents behind a façade that's equal parts sweet Southern lady and genial business owner. She makes her living running Athena's Attic, a junque shop where she sells items ...
by Jessa
November 4th, 2010, 4:12 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query *3RD REVISION*
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

Re: The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query

After a complete life implosion that ends with no farm, no horses, no dogs, and living with my sister, I'm back with Attempt #LostTrack. Let's throw this one off the troika, see if the wolves devour it. Dear (specific agent name): There's a vampire loose in Savannah, a girl is missing, dead bodies c...
by Jessa
October 17th, 2010, 7:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query *3RD REVISION*
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

Re: The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query

Thank you, everyone, for your comments! I'm working on a new version and will post when I get all the words in the correct order. Just wanted to say, think less "teeny-tiny vampire" and a little more "genie in a bottle". Although, teeny-tiny vampire did remind me of that great Buffy episode with the...
by Jessa
October 16th, 2010, 2:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you listen to music? What motivates your muse?
Replies: 14
Views: 2128

Re: Do you listen to music? What motivates your muse?

It varies according to my mood. Sometimes it's techno, sometimes it's show tunes, classic rock, whatever. Usually I pick a song or two that get me in the mood, and then once I'm off and running it can be anything as long as it's music I like. Bad songs will yank my attention out of what I'm doing, s...
by Jessa
October 16th, 2010, 1:05 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Should wealthy writers win literary awards?
Replies: 32
Views: 10638

Re: Should wealthy writers win literary awards?

... Er, if their books are good, yeah.
by Jessa
October 16th, 2010, 11:26 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Placeholder Characters
Replies: 12
Views: 1342

Re: Placeholder Characters

One of the best pieces of advice I ever got from a book was from Donald Maass's "Writing the Breakout Novel" in which he talks about combining characters. Sometimes you'll find you end up with one complex character instead of two blah characters. There hasn't been a story I've written since that has...
by Jessa
October 15th, 2010, 3:17 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query *3RD REVISION*
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

The Little Black Box - Urban fantasy query *3RD REVISION*

(Revisions posted below) Dear (specific agent): There's a vampire loose in Savannah, and Rachel Marsh sold the little black box it came out of. Rachel is a witch and shop owner in downtown Savannah making her living selling trinkets and knick-knacks, all of which carry some kind of enchantment on th...
by Jessa
October 15th, 2010, 9:57 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Mouths - YA Fantasy: All rejections, no requests = new query
Replies: 13
Views: 2411

Re: Mouths - YA Fantasy: All rejections, no requests = new query

In order to escape a dangerous parallel world, three disparate teenagers—a jock, a geek, and a chick who doesn't like labels, thank-you-very-much—must overcome their mutual distrust while eluding the monk who yanked them out of New Hampshire. I know some people say they've liked it, but you don't n...
by Jessa
October 15th, 2010, 9:29 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Young Adult Fantasy Query
Replies: 22
Views: 2948

Re: Young Adult Fantasy Query

Thanks to both of you for your great suggestions. I tried to address all of your comments. I hope I answered all your questions, though I still seem to want to put too much info into once sentence. I'm a little worried about the length of it now and I'm also wondering if the opening sentence is a l...
by Jessa
October 15th, 2010, 9:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Nanowrimo
Replies: 88
Views: 21189

Re: Nanowrimo

>.> So if I don't give you my NaNo name, you can't find me and there's no accountability. Hm... Oh well. I'm GimmeMocha on NaNo.
by Jessa
October 15th, 2010, 8:58 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Beta readers - when and who?
Replies: 9
Views: 1298

Re: Beta readers - when and who?

I'm like Claudie. I don't get beta readers until the ms is in the best shape I can get it in. When I think it's done and ready to send, that's when I get my first-reader to take a look at it. It's no help to me if I send them something and get back a page of comments on stuff I know I have to fix, a...
by Jessa
October 14th, 2010, 10:55 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What genre do you read the most?
Replies: 39
Views: 5810

Re: What genre do you read the most?

If my book gets published, Sommer, I'll give you a heads up. There's a vampire, but he's more your classic Nosferatu vamp than a brooding, handsome type. ;) Mostly I read urban fantasy, but being burned out on those tough-as-nails, sarcastic female leads *and* the hot vampire thing, the pickings are...
by Jessa
October 14th, 2010, 2:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can you write anywhere?
Replies: 19
Views: 3051

Re: Can you write anywhere?

Any time, any place. Though I actually write better when there's noise. All that silence where it's just my keys tapping sorta gets to me. Headphones and Rhapsody see me through, usually, but anything that ruffles the air will do. Y'know where's a great place for me to write? My laundromat. Seriousl...
by Jessa
October 9th, 2010, 5:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What Do Boys Want? thread ode to Mira,master question asker
Replies: 20
Views: 3450

Re: What Do Boys Want? thread ode to Mira,master question asker

J. T. SHEA wrote:Boys want to save sweet young ladies FROM OTHER BOYS/MEN!

My WIP has beer, steak, girls, comics, big toys and sea adventures. Must add boobs, tapioca pudding and Batman. Thanks everybody!
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*head tilt*

Huh. I'm a girl and I kinda want to read this.
by Jessa
October 9th, 2010, 12:43 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How to resurrected dead characters?
Replies: 12
Views: 1483

Re: How to resurrected dead characters?

Anytime. ;) I mean, I know that fantasizing, daydream, cast-list stuff is also the eye-rolling kid stuff that we did in high school and jr. high when we all wrote really bad self-insert Mary Sue fic. And yeah, it was bad writing. But y'know what? It was also fun as hell. And you need to rediscover ...