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by RiayNight
January 8th, 2013, 11:44 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Question concerning copyright and names
Replies: 1
Views: 1339

Question concerning copyright and names

Hi Nathan. I'm a longtime fan and reader. I haven't been too active in the boards, but I love your blog. I'm working on a new novel that concerns aliens, and I came up with a name for a certain race after screwing around looking at different latin words for a bit. Two variations I came up with were ...
by RiayNight
March 25th, 2011, 12:36 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: If you self-publish, can you still attempt to query agents?
Replies: 1
Views: 657

If you self-publish, can you still attempt to query agents?

Hi there Nathan! I have a question for you (given many of your recent posts concerning self-publishing through Kindle) and it's something I've been very curious about. If you self-publish through Amazon like Hocking, can you still attempt to query agents with the novel? I would think that Hocking wa...
by RiayNight
February 21st, 2011, 9:47 pm
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: 272516

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

Title: Euphoria Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (207 words) I traveled swiftly upon the abandoned pavement, moving with celerity and without hesitation. The deserted road stretched into oblivion, winding and twisting in contortions that were reminiscent of a serpent. In the far distance, a covered bridge...
by RiayNight
December 13th, 2010, 11:01 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Submitting to literary journals
Replies: 0
Views: 664

Submitting to literary journals

Hi there everyone, my name is Jourdan! When Nathan first created the forums I used to be pretty active, but after awhile my heavy load of coursework for school (I'm a creative writing major--predictable, right? Haha) got in the way of my activity here at the forums--and the editing of my novel, I ma...
by RiayNight
June 20th, 2010, 12:00 am
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 213
Views: 116586

Re: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog

Hey Nathan! I didn't see a time limit on this, and since it's Saturday night, I'm assuming that it's okay to still post my query! So, without further adieu, here we are: Dear Mr. Bransford, Disruption. Initiation. The Unknowable. So say the Runes, the ancient Viking Oracle of marked stones ominously...
by RiayNight
January 3rd, 2010, 8:25 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!
Replies: 9
Views: 1967

Re: EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!

Thank you so much C. ska and Madaboutstories for your replies! They were very helpful! As of now, I haven't taken it back to the drawing board yet--ideas are still tumbling around in my mind. I feel like this is a good rough draft for my query, but the replies really helped me realize what plot poin...
by RiayNight
December 31st, 2009, 9:18 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!
Replies: 9
Views: 1967

Re: EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!

First off, thank you Krista G. and Trini for your feedback! Tomorrow I'm not going to be working on editing, so the plan is to attempt a revision of the query. There are a lot of aspects that make my manuscript completely and utterly different from a book like Twilight; however, the difficult part i...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 10:20 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4068

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

I've kept my first fantasy novel down to 130,000 words, though it would have been much longer if I could have written it the way I feel it should have been. I already worry that no agent will bother looking at it, and I find that ridiculous. I feel you. With the edit of my novel, it's growing dange...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 9:05 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!
Replies: 9
Views: 1967

Re: EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!

Thank you for your reply! It is definitely going back to the drawing board very soon. I completely understand what you mean about the overuse of adjectives and all; that was one of my biggest concerns. I will keep in mind all of your suggestions and points as I move onto draft two! As a sidenote--it...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 7:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chuck Palahniuk--The writer's resource
Replies: 1
Views: 997

Chuck Palahniuk--The writer's resource

Hey everyone! So last semester one of my English teachers posted this link to Chuck Palahniuk's official website. Essentially, it is an entire page full of incredibly helpful links and essays concerning ALL things writing--writing itself, finding an agent, self-publishing, etc. I found it really use...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 6:58 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?
Replies: 37
Views: 6255

Re: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?

I have a love hate relationship with being a writer. i hate having to do it, but I love doing it when I am in it. Every part, the turn of a phrase, the build of a character, the setting of the pacing feels like it is being discovered anew in each project. Recently I have been marveling at the way u...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 6:49 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 131630

Re: What are you reading now?

Haha, Trini! Intimidating for sure. Personally, I've only been rereading my favorites lately, save for Through Black Spruce. I find that rereading my favorites doesn't interfere with my writing style, but instead kind of gives me new ideas to bounce off of. I'll look at a description they wrote, and...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 6:06 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Night Butterfly - latest query draft!
Replies: 19
Views: 3496

Re: Night Butterfly - third attempt - feedback welcomed!

Hey there C.ska! I'll preface this with a little disclaimer by saying that I am by no means a professional, but here are my opinions for ya! So I read this about a week ago when I was just lurking the board. I actually found your first query very impressive--I loved the opening paragraph. However, I...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 4:25 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!
Replies: 9
Views: 1967

EUPHORIA-- 1st query attempt!

Alright, so let me preface this with a few words. I am the unfortunate writer of a young adult vampire novel. I say unfortunate because in most agent blogs I follow (most notably, Kristen Nelson's--she has SEVERAL posts about this issue), I'll inevitably see a post about how the YA market is overflo...
by RiayNight
December 30th, 2009, 4:04 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 131630

Re: What are you reading now?

Currently, in the time that I'm not editing my manuscript, I'm slowly making my way through THROUGH BLACK SPRUCE by Joesph Boyden, a Canadian author. I'm taking a course on Canadian literature next semester, so I'm attempting to get ahead on the reading material before the semester actually starts, ...