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by CabSav
January 4th, 2012, 6:11 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Regarding Slush Pile Reading
Replies: 4
Views: 2591

Re: Regarding Slush Pile Reading

Locket I think it depends how you define a slush pile. For me, anything with lots of stories makes up a slush pile. That means any online writing forum has their own pile, including this one. I haven't touched Authonomy ( ) for years, but I was an active member for a while. ...
by CabSav
December 27th, 2011, 3:02 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Agent protocol after an agent has suggested changes
Replies: 1
Views: 1239

Agent protocol after an agent has suggested changes

One of my dream agents got back to me with some suggested changes to my novel. The changes are all sound. Most of them are just to improve the story and one of them is to make it more commercial. It's the commercial one that has me worried. While it's a relatively simple change it alters the story d...
by CabSav
July 7th, 2011, 1:24 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Does analyzing books ruin them?
Replies: 19
Views: 8230

Re: Does analyzing books ruin them?

I'm with Hillary J here. I read a book first as a reader. If I don't like it I'll stop reading. After I've finished (or stopped) I will analyze what I liked or didn't like about it. Every once in a while I will stop in the middle to analyze a story I want to love but that's going off the rails, tryi...
by CabSav
July 3rd, 2011, 4:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Reading as writers
Replies: 20
Views: 5832

Re: Reading as writers

Love to read, love to write, but not at the same time nowadays. Not since I learned that whatever I'm reading subconsciously makes its way into my story. Half-way through one first draft my characters suddenly started grinning wolfishly, and behaving generally ... wolfishly. I traced it to the book ...
by CabSav
June 15th, 2011, 1:17 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Concerns about the darkness in recent YA
Replies: 26
Views: 10031

Re: Concerns about the darkness in recent YA

Just slightly to one side of all this. Young/new adults themselves also seem to be writing some very bleak fiction. I recently participated in an recent exercise where I critiqued a whole classroom of work. 90% of the class was first year tertiary -- which over here is around 19 y.o, or at least def...
by CabSav
June 9th, 2011, 4:13 am
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 630
Views: 247729

Re: The Introduction Thread

I've been around a while, lurking rather than posting. Thought it was time I introduced myself. I read Nathan's blog, but only duck into the forum on an irregular basis. (My excuse, I'm writing). I always seem to get to the good conversations after they've petered out. I'm a science fiction/fantasy ...
by CabSav
April 10th, 2011, 1:47 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?
Replies: 19
Views: 7363

Re: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?

More agents seem to be saying they accept science fiction, and more sci-fi books are appearing in bookshops. I'd say there's a resurgence of the genre, if anything. I also agree with Wilderness, anyone writing genre fiction gets the same. I would recommend that you don't say in your query how unusua...
by CabSav
July 20th, 2010, 6:03 am
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: 316722

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

Title: Mathi's Story Genre: Fantasy Mathi loved doing crosswords. He wasn't good at it, but he still liked them. He'd pore over the words and slowly spell them out to himself. "Br-oh-when-ed br-ee-add." We'd all lean over the paper with him and try to work out what he was reading now. "Browned bread...