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by markimedes
July 19th, 2011, 5:39 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Have query letters changed?
Replies: 4
Views: 1781

Re: Have query letters changed?

I'm inclined to say mostly yes. See, now that's what I like, a mostly straightforward answer :-) It does sound logical that given the time agents don't have, that these synopsis-queries are more popular. A good bit of query advice I was given here (for a synopsis-query) was to make it clear in the ...
by markimedes
July 19th, 2011, 5:25 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Strategic title
Replies: 6
Views: 1555

Re: Strategic title

btw - it's not set in America. It's set in Nero's Rome July 19th 64 CE. Apologies, my mistake. As for the CV, sorry can't help you there. Though looking at it logically, I guess the only thing that matters is that it's easy for the agent to read, giving him/her all the information they need in the ...
by markimedes
July 18th, 2011, 8:08 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Strategic title
Replies: 6
Views: 1555

Re: Strategic title

I'm not an agent, but if it was me I'd leave the subtitle off. I'm a Brit, but I don't think that matters. Everything the agent needs to know will be in the letter, so I don't know why you'd be thinking of having a subtitle if it's only there to state where it's set. Not only that, but the only fict...
by markimedes
July 18th, 2011, 6:59 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Have query letters changed?
Replies: 4
Views: 1781

Have query letters changed?

Hi folks. Hopefully the title has done its job and garnered interest. To be as blunt as I can be... I'm confused. As we all know, query letters are hard work and it takes time to get anyway near anything approaching good. Knowing this, I threw myself into researching how to write a query letter, and...
by markimedes
July 14th, 2011, 4:47 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)
Replies: 13
Views: 2963

Re: Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)

Hello again. First of all, let me thank everyone who's left feedback for the previous two abysmal queries; glj , wilderness , Craig J. and ryanznock , you've all been awesome! I've embarrassingly come to accept that my original format just wasn't working, so I've poured over all the comments - every...
by markimedes
July 14th, 2011, 3:35 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MURALET - YA fantasy (formerly Bloodlines) *revised*
Replies: 9
Views: 1875

Re: Bloodlines - YA fantasy

Heh, I liked it, and there's some good wit. As you suspected, from the title alone I was waiting for a vampire to turn up :-) I'm only a beginner at this critique thing, but here's a couple of things: Dear [AGENT], The Fellowship has protected the so-called “mythical” creatures of the world for deca...
by markimedes
July 9th, 2011, 11:02 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)
Replies: 13
Views: 2963

Re: Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)

Based on feedback by glj, here is my new query. Feedback/comments/ridicule always welcome... Dear [Agent], A vampire is unwittingly raised by a human family, and must face her sinister legacy in order to salvage her human existence. Adopted shortly after birth, Beth grows into an independent teenage...
by markimedes
July 9th, 2011, 8:56 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)
Replies: 13
Views: 2963

Re: Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)

Thanks for your feedback glj. I find this query thing so confusing. Everything I've read and the agents I've spoken to give conflicting advice. For example, the whole "horror audience" thing is there because I've been told--by an agent's reader--that it's good to state to whom you're aiming the book...
by markimedes
July 9th, 2011, 1:45 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)
Replies: 13
Views: 2963

Query: NO SHELTER FROM DARKNESS (horror)

OK peeps, I'll take the plunge and open myself for ridicule... Start-- Dear [agent], A vampire is unwittingly raised by a human family, and must learn what it means to be evil in order to make the right choices. In World War II London, Elizabeth “Beth” Wade is on the verge of womanhood when she disc...
by markimedes
July 9th, 2011, 1:32 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: MEETING OF THE WATERS - modern fantasy roadtrip
Replies: 7
Views: 1484

Re: MEETING OF THE WATERS - modern fantasy roadtrip

Dunno why I'm the first reply, cos your book certainly sounds intriguing, and on the whole the query seems to be very well written. A couple of things, if I may: In MEETING OF THE WATERS, Jaime Adricks leads his online pirate crew in the video game Ages, battling time-traveling Nazis who have invade...
by markimedes
June 24th, 2011, 3:30 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 616
Views: 192271

Re: The Introduction Thread

Sommer & Margo, I hope there's an agent out there who feels the same way. And then a publisher. And then a fair few readers :-)
by markimedes
June 24th, 2011, 7:06 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: query - DEMON ROAD - urban fantasy - 2nd draft at bottom
Replies: 12
Views: 2110

Re: query - DEMON ROAD - urban fantasy - 2nd draft at bottom

Wow, the difference between the first and second is HUGE, and in a very good way. Well done. Just a couple of things I spotted... Ok, take two! ___________________ Dee Lykos is one of a small number of people who knows about the demon-infested parallel universe that nestles beneath the human world l...
by markimedes
June 23rd, 2011, 5:33 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 616
Views: 192271

Re: The Introduction Thread

Hello Bransforumers, I'm afraid I don't have any "lurking" credentials; after reading the blog for a while unaware of the link that said "Forum", once I saw it I had a look around, saw how awesome it seemed, and signed myself up. I write all manners of things, and my current WIP is a horror set in L...
by markimedes
June 23rd, 2011, 1:53 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Banana Suburb [YA]
Replies: 15
Views: 2372

Re: Query: Banana Suburb [YA]

I've just joined, and I don't consider myself an expert or anything, but I'll give it a go. Most child prodigies burn out before they rise to any recognition, but Elizabeth “Liz” Choi refuses to let that happen. Can one rise to recognition? Maybe you can, but it just sounded slightly odd to me. "......