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by Sandy Shin
February 19th, 2010, 11:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 38743

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Vegas Linda Lou: Love your opening sentence! :>

I'm still writing the first draft, so this will likely change, but here it is, the first sentence:

"Yuki learned of her matchmaking ability the day her mom left with a man connected to her by a red thread."
by Sandy Shin
December 15th, 2009, 5:33 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: YA Victorian Fantasy
Replies: 8
Views: 2252

Re: Query: YA Victorian Fantasy

Thank you so much to all of you for all the wonderful suggestions and advice! I really appreciate them! :) Joel Q - I didn't notice it before, knowing what I do about the characters' circumstances, but those do sound very much contradictory out-of-text. I'll definitely change and clarify them. Thank...
by Sandy Shin
December 13th, 2009, 3:16 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?
Replies: 49
Views: 7480

Re: What author would you have dinner with/what would you ask?

That's difficult. I'd have to choose between J.K. Rowling, Megan Whalen Turner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Patricia C. Wrede. But maybe I would just hold a dinner for five and spend the entire time being terribly intimidated and internally squeeing at so much brilliance all in one place.
by Sandy Shin
December 13th, 2009, 3:10 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: YA Victorian Fantasy
Replies: 8
Views: 2252

Query: YA Victorian Fantasy

I am still fiddling with my manuscript, but I'm working on my query in tandem so I wouldn't experience the urge to hurry the query because of impatience when the novel is ready. Any and all critiques/advice are greatly appreciated! :) P.S. I've considered labeling this "YA steampunk re-telling of Ba...
by Sandy Shin
December 12th, 2009, 12:03 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query help - Gothic - REVISED
Replies: 16
Views: 4033

Re: Query help - Gothic

The premise sounds interesting, but I have some troubles keeping the characters apart without given names, and the one-sentence-per-paragraph construction makes the query much too choppy. I would suggest combining them into 2 or 3 cohesive paragraphs for better flow. There also seem to be many confl...
by Sandy Shin
December 11th, 2009, 6:23 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Do you prefer: Hardbacks or paperbacks?
Replies: 13
Views: 2878

Re: Do you prefer: Hardbacks or paperbacks?

I prefer for my favorites to be in hardcovers, mostly because the paper quality is generally better. In fact, I would buy hardcovers of books I already have in paperbacks if I like them enough.
by Sandy Shin
December 10th, 2009, 12:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you write the same genre you read?
Replies: 46
Views: 11506

Re: Do you write the same genre you read?

I definitely do read the same genre I write, though I don't write in all the genres I read. I write almost exclusively YA. Although that defines the majority of what I read, I also love SF/Fantasy, Mystery, and Historical Fiction. I wouldn't write in any of those genres (as of now), but I do enjoy r...
by Sandy Shin
December 7th, 2009, 12:32 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 183804

Re: Ask Nathan

Thank you for the response! :)
by Sandy Shin
December 7th, 2009, 12:24 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 183804

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan, I read through the FAQs and could not find the answer to this question, so I am hoping it is all right for me to ask it here. If I want to publish under a specific pen name (because my real name is hard to pronounce and much too common) and have been using that pen name on the Internet fo...