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by BlancheKing
July 15th, 2010, 3:11 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 191192

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan =) I'm a bit confused in regards to responding to material requests. I remember you mentioned earlier that keeping agents waiting for more than a week or two after their request is impolite. But would agents also consider it to be impolite if they are one out of a dozen who currently have ...
by BlancheKing
July 13th, 2010, 5:35 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 96869

Re: Rejection Stats

Good lesson for all: Had a list of 40 agents to query, arranged from most desirable to least. I began by querying the first and the last. The next day, got a request for a partial from the first! So what do I do? I send the partial and then proceed to bomb every other agency on the list. After all,...
by BlancheKing
July 11th, 2010, 1:45 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Personal Rejections
Replies: 18
Views: 3099

Re: Personal Rejections

well, this is interesting. Two more rejects, both personal. One of the agents told me that she'd moved my story to the top of her pile after her confirmation, and after some thought, she said it was engaging, and it had a well constructed plot, but she couldn't connect with the ending... I wonder if...
by BlancheKing
July 2nd, 2010, 9:24 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Stray Rejection?
Replies: 3
Views: 1157

Stray Rejection?

So two weeks ago, an agent asked to see my manuscript and I sent it. Today, oddly, I got a rejection, not for my manuscript, but for my original query. When I mailed her back saying that she already requested my manuscript and asked if she meant she was rejecting my manuscript with the new email, sh...
by BlancheKing
June 29th, 2010, 12:36 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Something's wrong... Help please. [new version]
Replies: 10
Views: 1878

Re: Something's wrong... I can't find it. Help please.

New version. =) Thanks guys.
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[stupid mistake... fixing]
by BlancheKing
June 29th, 2010, 12:21 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Something's wrong... Help please. [new version]
Replies: 10
Views: 1878

Re: Something's wrong... I can't find it. Help please.

@ transitoria: thank you for pointing out the first one. it was already mentioned earlier by someone else, so i changed that one already. also thank you for the "was standing" catch. the rest of the "was"/ "were" you mentioned were intentional, sort of as a pace reference. To use active verbs would ...
by BlancheKing
June 27th, 2010, 2:45 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Something's wrong... Help please. [new version]
Replies: 10
Views: 1878

Re: Something's wrong... I can't find it. Help please.

Thank you all so much for your comments. they really helped me edit. So far I've gotten: @ Matt X: I took your advice in making the protagonist think more about the event by changing the part from going back to browsing books to thinking about the problem while attempting to hoist herself up by the ...
by BlancheKing
June 25th, 2010, 1:06 am
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Something's wrong... Help please. [new version]
Replies: 10
Views: 1878

Something's wrong... Help please. [new version]

Edit: Thank you guys so much. I made a lot of changes from your advice. The updated version is on the next page. ... Waiting's driving me mad... So I finally got one of my full's back today. Rejection, but it was a long shot anyways. But the problem is that I get more than my share of requests... it...
by BlancheKing
June 22nd, 2010, 11:03 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22254

Re: How old are you?

I agree with Heather... Hell, I'm 20 and I don't want to be picking up 20 year olds. An entire college campus, and the only decent guys I've met are a pre-med hermit (taken) and a guy who goes with class with a briefcase (doesn't stop walking long enough to chat). Meanwhile, a block down the street,...
by BlancheKing
June 21st, 2010, 11:47 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 96869

Re: Rejection Stats

Best of luck, CafeCliche.And I agree: this waiting game's not fun anymore. I found myself sending a query yesterday just so I would have something to read this morning.

maybe it's time to take up underwater basket weaving....
by BlancheKing
June 20th, 2010, 7:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Mentoring
Replies: 33
Views: 9002

Re: Mentoring

Well I totally disagree with you totally disagreeing - so there. Suh, you have offended my honor. I challenge you to a duel by dodgeball. I draft Mira, polymath, J.T. Shea, and hereby offer an exclusive contract to Quill. You may have George Clooney and all the goats you can find. At dawn! Ah, I lo...
by BlancheKing
June 19th, 2010, 3:48 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 191192

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan,

I was just wondering: how many partial/full rejections is too many for a publishable book? Is there a rough number of request rejections that, once hit, gives a signal to quit?

Thank you again.

Blanche
by BlancheKing
June 19th, 2010, 3:41 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22254

Re: How old are you?

Margo - as someone approaching mid-life, let me tell you, getting older is under-rated. There is a definite trade-off. You lose alot of the phyical attributes of youth, but what you gain is - I believe - worth it, and ultimately more valuable. Which is a very good thing. I know the young can get de...
by BlancheKing
June 16th, 2010, 4:01 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 96869

Re: Rejection Stats

d minus wrote:I don't get excited over requests, anymore... I just expect the "given today's market...." routine. :(
I'm with you dude... I use to day-dream about meeting the material request agent. Now it's just "+1" to the "sent reply" stack.
by BlancheKing
June 14th, 2010, 11:18 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Personal Rejections
Replies: 18
Views: 3099

Re: Personal Rejections

You're right, it could be difficult to determine exactly what is missing or not as strong as it could be! Myself, I plan to hire a freelance editor when I'm ready, to try to avoid such a quandary. Short of that, I would think a really trusted, talented beta reader might provide the same sort of dia...