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by Todd Packer
August 20th, 2011, 6:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ever Just Take A Writing Break?
Replies: 13
Views: 3598

Ever Just Take A Writing Break?

And I don't mean a day or two. I'm talking a few weeks, not really writer's block, just sort of a recharge the batteries period? I understand the risk of the longer a break one takes, the tougher it may be to get back into the swing of things, but there's a craving in me to relax, read a few books, ...
by Todd Packer
April 20th, 2011, 2:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Separating confidence from self-doubt
Replies: 5
Views: 2472

Re: Separating confidence from self-doubt

As long as self-doubt is motivating you, I suppose it's okay. But there is a fine line between where self-doubt can freeze you up to and keep your writing in your head instead of on the page.
by Todd Packer
April 20th, 2011, 1:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you work on more than one book at a time?
Replies: 19
Views: 4634

Do you work on more than one book at a time?

Just curious, because I know there's no right or wrong answer to this (just do what you do, ya dig?!), but I'm wondering how many people work on writing more than one novel at a time and what their experience with it is? I never have, but I really want to try it. I'm worried about never finishing on...
by Todd Packer
March 31st, 2011, 3:44 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Agent wants to make edits? Yes or no?
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Re: Agent wants to make edits? Yes or no?

Thanks.

I suppose I should have been clearer (apologies). She's not representing me as of yet. She had requested a manuscript and asked me about making edits while she is still in the process of reading it. That could be a good sign, that she's showing an active interest in the project?
by Todd Packer
March 29th, 2011, 5:38 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Agent wants to make edits? Yes or no?
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Re: Agent wants to make edits? Yes or no?

She asked if she could edit down some sentences that she thought were too long.
by Todd Packer
March 21st, 2011, 3:19 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Agent wants to make edits? Yes or no?
Replies: 5
Views: 1030

Agent wants to make edits? Yes or no?

Nathan,

I have a manuscript out with an agent right now and she emailed me to ask if she can make edits. Are there any hard and fast rules regarding this one way or another?
by Todd Packer
November 19th, 2010, 11:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Fight Scenes
Replies: 15
Views: 3743

Re: Writing Fight Scenes

What may help is watching real fights online and imagining what the people, I almost typed "characters" :) are thinking/feeling. Sadly, (or not, depending on your perspective), youtube has thousands of real life fight videos. Plus, you'll get a more realistic look at what fights are like in real lif...
by Todd Packer
May 25th, 2010, 6:30 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 184054

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, I have a publishing company question to ask you. Is it normal for a publishing company to require that an author buys a minimum of 50 copies of their own book (they recommend at least 100 to start) to sell on a mandatory tour? It feels like a scam, but they seem like a semi-legit company... ...
by Todd Packer
April 22nd, 2010, 6:05 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 184054

Re: Ask Nathan

Forgive me if this has been answered (and I suspect it has), but what's normal amount of time to wait before following up with an agent who asked to read a sample? Or do not at all?
by Todd Packer
March 12th, 2010, 12:00 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Online Literary Magazines
Replies: 7
Views: 1114

Re: Online Literary Magazines

While on the topic of online Literary Magazines, here's a new magazine that I'm a part of - http://www.onomatopoeiamagazine.com/
by Todd Packer
March 3rd, 2010, 7:33 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 184054

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, What are your thoughts on gimmick/parody books, like Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and this new Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter book that's getting a lot press recently? Are you seeing more queries for mash up works like this and do you think this is...
by Todd Packer
February 24th, 2010, 6:24 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 94435

Re: Rejection Stats

My newly revised query has gone 3 for 3. 3 Form Rejections. On one of them, all the agent had to do was address me before the form rejection, which means he typed out less than 10 characters, and he still managed to make two typos! I really wanted to respond, but you know, you got to take the high r...
by Todd Packer
February 24th, 2010, 2:07 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: The Exciting Life and Death of The Amazing Henry
Replies: 4
Views: 942

QUERY: The Exciting Life and Death of The Amazing Henry

Any feedback is appreciated. I understand that a short story collection is a difficult sell, but hey, it's what I have for now. Thanks. --------------------------------- Dear [Agent], The Morelli brothers, Ernie and Vinnie, are not your typical pair of Mafia lifers. On one job they find themselves t...
by Todd Packer
February 12th, 2010, 7:31 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Online Literary Magazines
Replies: 7
Views: 1114

Re: Online Literary Magazines

I'm biased as I'm in the process of starting up an online lit zine, but generally speaking it's very frustrating to me when people don't embrace the Internet and when someone thinks less of something because it's online, it reeks of stuffy elitism to me. The fact is that for me, as a writer, I'd muc...
by Todd Packer
February 4th, 2010, 12:50 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Men and Fiction
Replies: 36
Views: 9371

Re: Men and Fiction

If men realized that Die Hard was based on a novel, perhaps they would read more.