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by notw
April 1st, 2011, 11:55 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: 10-page critique contest
Replies: 0
Views: 744

10-page critique contest

Not sure if this has been posted but there is a contest going on for a 10-page critique from Sarah LaPolla. There is an interview with her and information on how to enter at this site. http://janetsumnerjohnson.blogspot.com/2011/04/brawl-n-haul-contest-interview-with.html . The deadline, I believe, ...
by notw
March 7th, 2011, 9:50 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: USA Today Reports ebook Self Publishing Successes
Replies: 22
Views: 6279

Re: USA Today Reports ebook Self Publishing Successes

I downloaded a sample of her first book in the series and thought it was okay. Granted, I am not a huge paranormal reader, but I think the price she sells her books at and the fact that paranormal is still popular is a big reason for her success.
by notw
January 18th, 2011, 2:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Sacred Fire, historical fiction
Replies: 8
Views: 1359

Re: Query: Sacred Fire, historical fiction

This sounds like a really interesting story. Definitely one I would read. The only other comment I would add about the query is at the beginning you said she is a priestess of Vesta, but later on you mention she doesn't trust her. Why would she continue to be a priestess after she no longer believes...
by notw
January 16th, 2011, 11:34 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Jade's Hurricane back from rejection
Replies: 12
Views: 2211

Re: Query: Jade's Hurricane back from rejection

Jade should control her wind taming powers, but it’s often the other way around. Personally, not sure this is the best hook for you. I liked the begining of the older version better but woud suggest a change in the first sentence. When she embarks on a mission to manage her abilities, she faces not...
by notw
January 13th, 2011, 3:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: MAGE STORM Middle Grade Fantasy--Revised
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: QUERY: MAGE STORM Middle Grade Fantasy--Revised

Meredith,

I think this query looks really good! It definitely has me interested in your story. Good luck with the querying.
by notw
January 13th, 2011, 3:37 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Help- FORSAKEN
Replies: 40
Views: 6854

Re: Query Help- FORSAKEN

Here is my latest revision. Someone wants sixteen-year-old Anna dead. After witnessing the brutal murder of her family, Anna clings to her mother’s last sentence, “this was no mere accident.” Searching for answers, she heads to the nearby village where she encounters a stranger named Tormod. He is t...
by notw
January 8th, 2011, 4:18 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 98146

Re: Rejection Stats

Ariel,

Thanks for the input. :)
by notw
January 6th, 2011, 8:08 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 98146

Re: Rejection Stats

Okay, so I was wondering how many rejections it took before you guys started working on your query again? Since I started, I have fixed up my query twice and my stats so far are:
Sent: 19
Form Rejection: 17
Silence: 1
Pending: 1
by notw
December 20th, 2010, 5:40 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Queries and 1st 3 pages
Replies: 4
Views: 904

Re: Queries and 1st 3 pages

I believe it does, especally since that would be the first thing a person would see/read.
by notw
November 12th, 2010, 2:48 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?
Replies: 6
Views: 4274

Re: Should you reply to an agent or is it unnecessary?

From everything I have read you shouldn't reply to a rejection whether it is personalized or form.
by notw
November 5th, 2010, 12:56 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT - New Revision - Revision #3
Replies: 15
Views: 2745

Re: Query: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT - New Revision - Revision #1

wordranger wrote:NOTW:

You know what? You're right. This is too much of a synopsis. I think I am going at this from the wrong angle.

New Rewrite!

Thanks so much!
You're welcome. :) I am looking forward to reading the next draft!
by notw
November 1st, 2010, 10:13 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Help- FORSAKEN
Replies: 40
Views: 6854

Re: Query Help- FORSAKEN

Thanks for the comments Holly!
by notw
November 1st, 2010, 8:53 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Help- FORSAKEN
Replies: 40
Views: 6854

Re: Query Help- FORSAKEN

Okay, I have sent out quite a few queries and no bites. So I decided to try and tweak it again. Does this one seem more interesting? Revision Someone wants sixteen-year-old Anna dead. While most maidens her age are preparing for a courtship, Anna is reeling from the sudden murder of her family. It i...
by notw
November 1st, 2010, 8:49 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: BLACK TRIANGLE
Replies: 11
Views: 1730

Re: Query: BLACK TRIANGLE

Thanks for the encouragement, notw. I appreciate it. I had a backwards sentence: College students Travis Maguire, Lexie Collins, and her older brother Burke discover the wreck of a black triangular UFO in Washington, D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. But when Burke steps in a trap, Travis and Lexie have to l...
by notw
November 1st, 2010, 8:28 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: BLACK TRIANGLE
Replies: 11
Views: 1730

Re: Query: BLACK TRIANGLE

Thanks for all your suggestions, androidblues. Travis is a college student. Here's another version. It needs some more polish and zing, but is probably the direction to go. Once I add my contact info, bio details, and agent personalization, it comes to about 250 words. Dear agent: College students ...