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by PaulWoodlin
March 23rd, 2010, 7:30 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query critique: Ether, paranormal romance--revised
Replies: 11
Views: 2476

Re: Query critique: Ether, paranormal romance

It's okay for a romance to only be from the woman's point; in fact, I thought that was the norm in paranormal romance, since the mystery behind the man was part of the appeal. And I have also been told that editors and agents want to know the ending of the story because they don't want to read a who...
by PaulWoodlin
March 23rd, 2010, 7:23 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Historical Novel - 18th Century New World
Replies: 2
Views: 1332

Re: Historical Novel - 18th Century New World

If this is a literary work, you need more elegant prose to sell the book; the query/synopsis should sound like the book. If this is a genre work, where's the tension? Where's the danger? As a former history major, I can probably guess, in general, what might happen to make this book interesting, but...
by PaulWoodlin
March 23rd, 2010, 7:14 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Kids and reading
Replies: 17
Views: 11652

Re: Kids and reading

Heck, someone can read fifteen minutes a day between commercials of a typical hour long drama. It's how my mom does her crossword puzzles.
by PaulWoodlin
March 20th, 2010, 3:17 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Kids and reading
Replies: 17
Views: 11652

Re: Kids and reading

My Dad read to me and my brother when we were kids. He had a 50% success rate in getting us to love reading. Make of that what you will. Personally, I'm keeping my copies of "Harry Potter" for when I have kids, and my dad's copies of the "Foundation Trilogy", which is what got me started on SF/F. An...
by PaulWoodlin
March 20th, 2010, 3:07 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Critique Group Question
Replies: 17
Views: 2948

Re: Critique Group Question

Actually, I did once purposely break the rule about addressing the writer as well as the writing. I had read the manuscript before going to the workshop and had nothing but contempt for the heroine, who would have made a fine villain. Then at the workshop, I met the author, who was intelligent, comp...
by PaulWoodlin
March 20th, 2010, 2:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: What is writing to you?
Replies: 11
Views: 2181

Re: What is writing to you?

The meaning of my life. Without writing I am just another cog in the Machine. With writing I might still just be another cog in the Machine, but at least I chose my place in it.
by PaulWoodlin
March 16th, 2010, 12:36 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 522
Views: 178643

Re: What are you reading now?

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky and A Companion to Jane Austen Studies edited by Lambdin and Lambdin.
by PaulWoodlin
March 16th, 2010, 12:30 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: NO GOOD DEED paranormal thriller
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

Re: Query: NO GOOD DEED paranormal thriller

Right off the top of my head, the first sentences can be combined and tightened up. Second, we have an external character arc but no internal character arc. Third, no ending mentioned. Telling the agent the end of the story is not a spoiler in a query.
by PaulWoodlin
March 16th, 2010, 12:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Are you appealing to your target audience?
Replies: 26
Views: 4604

Re: Are you appealing to your target audience?

Long ago I wrote a book about a Christian girl and an atheist man falling in love, with lots of complications along the way, of course. I showed the first two chapters to my writers' group and everyone liked the heroine, even the Wiccans. They also liked the hero. Then I gave them the next chapters ...
by PaulWoodlin
March 16th, 2010, 12:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 28556

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

The gesture I'm conflicted about is laughter. I mean, there simply are times when a character ought to laugh, but I was told that if the character laughs, then the reader doesn't have to. But even if that is true (is it?), then how humorless do I want my characters to be?
by PaulWoodlin
March 16th, 2010, 12:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Strong Voice vs. Invisible Writing
Replies: 17
Views: 7829

Re: Strong Voice vs. Invisible Writing

While much of what everyone has said makes sense, my sensibility goes the other way. If the invisible writer was truely a good idea, then how come it only takes a paragraph to tell if I'm reading Jane Austen vs. Ernest Hemingway, Lovecraft vs. Twain, Prost vs. anybody? I like a good, strong voice in...
by PaulWoodlin
March 6th, 2010, 3:18 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: A NEW DAY query (Contemp. YA)
Replies: 9
Views: 1838

Re: A NEW DAY query (Contemp. YA)

I have a series of questions. Why does she have to finish high school in Vespa? Are Mom's predictive powers important to the story? Why should I like Lincoln? He's just a spoiled jock so far. Who is in the car accident? Who is accused of sexual abuse? Did the nanomachines change Lincoln's behavior? ...
by PaulWoodlin
March 6th, 2010, 3:08 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 385317

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Yes, I do. I gave a lecture on SF to the SF Club at Nanjing University last term and I'm splicing it up into smaller posts for my own website. I'll be posting a new one each week. Some of you will find them old hat, since I was dealing with an audience of fans who had no way of knowing about the con...
by PaulWoodlin
March 6th, 2010, 3:01 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Comparing your work in a query... to a TV show?
Replies: 5
Views: 1170

Re: Comparing your work in a query... to a TV show?

While your themes may match BSG, if your novel doesn't have space ships and space battles, I'd be wary of comparing it to a TV show that does. Maybe the agent or editor was looking for a novel with space ships and will be annoyed that you don't provide them. This is not to say you can't compare it t...
by PaulWoodlin
March 6th, 2010, 2:56 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Double Narrative Structure
Replies: 19
Views: 6305

Re: Double Narrative Structure

Is there some reason you can't just have odd numbered chapters from one POV and the even numbered chapters from the other POV? That seems like a simple enough way to have two POV characters without confusing the reader. Or is that what you guys are talking about? I had the image of a double narrativ...