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by christi
October 4th, 2010, 9:58 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: The Answers
Replies: 0
Views: 508

The Answers

We want them. Who has them? As writers, we spend a lot of time on the internet, don’t we? We join forums, blog, tweet, and follow every link someone posts about articles written by ‘those in the know.’ We try to stay abreast of publishing, are wary of trends and following them, see what deals are (a...
by christi
April 12th, 2010, 8:10 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 183060

Re: Ask Nathan

Me again. So, I'm almost done with another book I started since I had no agent interest in the first one. If I impressed an agent and they offered representation on my second book, would I be able to present my first book again even if said agent passed on it in the slush pile as 'not for them'? Do ...
by christi
April 12th, 2010, 8:04 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: New query for The Devil You Don't Know
Replies: 16
Views: 2797

Re: New query for The Devil You Don't Know

Brian -

I wasn't referring to you at all. I hadn't even read your suggestions. I was just holding my red pen back since I got an earfull once from someone who took great offense at someone rewriting their work, so I try really hard not to do it anymore. I fail sometimes :-) But I try.
by christi
April 8th, 2010, 11:38 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: New query for The Devil You Don't Know
Replies: 16
Views: 2797

Re: New query for The Devil You Don't Know

Dear [AGENT], When Michael Reed was nine years old, he killed his alcoholic father with a Louisville Slugger. He did it to save his mother. He had no way of knowing he was too late. Months later, his mother took her life and along with it, took away most of young Michael’s soul. Forty years later, ...
by christi
April 7th, 2010, 10:23 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Contest ideas?
Replies: 33
Views: 10227

Re: Contest ideas?

What about random prompts? Sort of like Clue, I guess. "Mr Peacock. In the Library. With the wrech." Only, being random, it incorporates more literary works and ideas. "Professor McGonnagall. In Lothlorian. With the Golden Ticket." Okay. lame example. But a short crossover work based on maybe three ...
by christi
March 29th, 2010, 12:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Weird names
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Weird names

Thank you, Hillsy, for reminding me why I used to avoid forums. There are people without tact or diplomacy with no regard for other peoples' feelings. I offered my post in the spirit of fun, without mocking others or ridiculing their writing or them personally. You failed at both. Like others have c...
by christi
March 26th, 2010, 10:45 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 12483

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

Dune, Mists of Avalon, Watchers, Eyes of the Dragon, Lightning, Twilight Eyes, Nighteyes, Watership Down, Goblet of Fire.

Off the top of my head.
by christi
March 26th, 2010, 10:39 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Weird names
Replies: 24
Views: 3390

Re: Weird names

This whole subject is close to my heart. Here's a SAMPLE of the names in my MS (fantasy, btw) People: Asherasinosia Asmodym Axmyl Azomyn Calchas Cryzba Ebshesa Gonmyr Korbyn Velryk Vrugan Grinlai Gyan Twai Idouchoh Jakfyr Jakorus Kwynzar Borcai Fletus Raghuv Ondsyr Xyahda Oscilnar Ranhulyr Ashyrea S...
by christi
March 22nd, 2010, 10:09 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 183060

Re: Ask Nathan

There is an agent out there, an actual professional agent with many wellknown books and authors who has a rather offensive way of advising authors why she's the best agent out there. At least, if I were an agent I'd be offended. In fact, I'm not even an agent and I've been bothered by this for two d...
by christi
March 21st, 2010, 6:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Editing as you go: really that bad?
Replies: 24
Views: 3595

Re: Editing as you go: really that bad?

I've always been a bit disconcerted by the idea of 'first draft' and 'second draft' and 'fifteenth draft' when it comes to editing. I have a file that is my manuscript. I am (or was) constantly editing it, the same file. I did no re-writing, only editing. I write a chapter, then edit it until I'm ha...
by christi
March 18th, 2010, 9:11 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 316565

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I pretty much do only a few things in my blog. I don't bother being another informative voice in the publishing realm because whatever I say, we've all read it somewhere else. Therefore the only purpose my blog serves is to entertain. 1. Short stories, normally several paragraphs long, perfect for t...
by christi
March 18th, 2010, 8:52 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Favorite quote
Replies: 55
Views: 9015

Re: Favorite quote

Humanity ain't always what's pretty. Some of the worst killers are pretty. Humanity ain't always what sounds nice and falls smooth on the ear, 'cause any pitchman can charm a snake, but some pitchmen ain't too humane. A person shows humanity when he's there if you need him, when he takes you in, whe...
by christi
March 18th, 2010, 8:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Fantasy or YA Fantasy
Replies: 3
Views: 824

Re: Fantasy or YA Fantasy

What I've discovered as I've been jumping the fence back and forth, that it's not so much the age of the characters but the pacing, the word count, and the tone of the book. A book that is deeply emotional with slower pacing, over 90,000 words, and has strong language or violence might not be YA jus...
by christi
March 14th, 2010, 12:36 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are you appealing to your target audience?
Replies: 26
Views: 3877

Re: Are you appealing to your target audience?

I will say that a lot of publishers say they want strong female MCs. I fail that because I have a snarky, antisocial male MC. :-) I did not write my story towards an audience, which might be considered a mistake to some. I had a story to tell, that was it. While searching for an agent, I've had oppo...
by christi
March 14th, 2010, 12:09 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Marketing & Blogging
Replies: 1
Views: 693

Re: Marketing & Blogging

Most people here aren't signed yet to be published, myself included, but I've done what I can to promote my book once I find an agent. I'm not the sort to just sit back and hope for the best. I need to be involved, which could be some of my source of frustration with the querying process for my urba...