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by casnow
February 27th, 2010, 2:13 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 22492

Re: How old are you?

I'm 31. I made my first attempt at a novel at age 21, and got about 75k words in, but then never finished. It was absolute drivel. I made another attempt at age 25, and got about 25k words in and failed. Then at age 31 I was about to delete the file that had those 25k words that was six years old, b...
by casnow
February 27th, 2010, 2:07 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do agents really represent the author or the book?
Replies: 6
Views: 1264

Re: Do agents really represent the author or the book?

I think they are representing both. However, I think that they need to really love a book in order to take on a client - We've all seen the stats, and if an agent is going to make you one of their new clients, then they probably want to be absolutely sure that they can sell your first book... they p...
by casnow
February 27th, 2010, 5:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: NaNoWriMo
Replies: 17
Views: 2794

Re: NaNoWriMo

I personally blame Nanowrimo for many things: 1: Making writers feel like failures for not getting 50k words done in a month 2: Making writers put off something they want to write to November so they have something for Nanowrimo 3: Making writers flood agents inbox with queries for unpolished work -...
by casnow
February 26th, 2010, 7:50 am
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis help - revision2
Replies: 13
Views: 3324

Synopsis help - revision2

Hello All! Several of the agents I'm querying have requested a "brief" synopsis (whatever that means), so I'm trying to cut this baby down to size. So far I've cut it down from 10 pages to 5 (and from 5 to 3 on attempt 2, and now down to 2 pages). The comments so far have really helped. I've cut out...
by casnow
February 24th, 2010, 12:18 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your MS go up or down in size?
Replies: 36
Views: 8702

Re: Does your MS go up or down in size?

Marilyn - I personally think that it's 60k words of perfection.... which isn't bad for something that is 60,376 words long :) The thing that worries me is that the competition for representation and traditional publication is so intense that I would hate to have someone say, "I like it, but I'm not ...
by casnow
February 23rd, 2010, 2:15 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Qualified to Write???
Replies: 25
Views: 4203

Re: Qualified to Write???

polymath - Thanks for the numbers from the BLS - I would assume that technical writers are probably the ones that are pulling that average way up, as many of them not only have to be solid writers, but also technical experts in what they are writing about. i think in college I had to take 3 writing ...
by casnow
February 23rd, 2010, 2:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does your MS go up or down in size?
Replies: 36
Views: 8702

Does your MS go up or down in size?

Perhaps I'm just being the typical guy when I start to think about the size of my novel... I look at the puny 60,376 words that it took to completely tell the story that I had outlined, and I can't help but think, this thing needs to be bigger. The problem is though, that every time I add anything t...
by casnow
February 21st, 2010, 3:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Qualified to Write???
Replies: 25
Views: 4203

Re: Qualified to Write???

I don't really think credentials are that important... I think that motivation level is by far more important than a big vocabulary. I would guess that 95% of words in 95% of novels are things that everyone knows, and that it's how you string them together that matter. Grammar and punctuation? It ca...
by casnow
February 21st, 2010, 3:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Thicker Than Water
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: Query: Thicker Than Water

Jessica, I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "arc"? However, those 4 characters each have about 1/4th of the novel that is told through their perspective, and none of the key things that those characters do could be perceived through anyone else's point of view without crazy amounts of head hoppin...
by casnow
February 20th, 2010, 12:56 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Thicker Than Water
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Re: Query: Thicker Than Water

Thanks Lunetta - the story alternates between 4 points of view, the two brothers (one consumed with rage, the other trying to be the voice of reason), the father (to show his loneliness and feeling of helplessness), and the caregiver (to show the terrible things she's doing, but to show that she fee...
by casnow
February 20th, 2010, 12:40 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Thicker Than Water
Replies: 9
Views: 1332

Query: Thicker Than Water

Dear ---, When a manipulative caregiver burrows her way into Don Williams’ life and sets her sights on stealing his fortunes, his sons will stop at nothing to get her out of his life and protect the family business. The only solace that Don Williams finds in recovery after he suddenly falls ill is t...
by casnow
February 20th, 2010, 4:05 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Unpublished coauthors of fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1498

Re: Unpublished coauthors of fiction

I'll preface by saying that I'm clueless... If you are doing the writing, but borrowing from his comics, then you would be the one querying/selling the novel, but you would need an agreement with him that would "license" you to use his intellectual property. I would imagine that if his comics have a...
by casnow
February 20th, 2010, 4:00 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97344

Re: Rejection Stats

Sadly, I thought my first novel was ready, but it wasn't... the stakes just weren't high enough (although I still think it would make a great screenplay). Here are the stats: Sent out 3 months ago: Queries: 31 No Responses: 18 Form Rejections: 8 Too Busy Rejections: 3 Requests for partials: 1 Out of...
by casnow
February 20th, 2010, 3:51 am
Forum: Books
Topic: TWILIGHT - thoughts?
Replies: 107
Views: 25469

Re: TWILIGHT - thoughts?

I think the question we should be asking is how did Meyers hit the jackpot in spite of the writing? It seems to be a consensus that many people don't think her writing is that great with respect to some literary classics. Yet, despite that, she's sold more copies than some truly great authors. Don't...
by casnow
February 19th, 2010, 2:21 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Unpublished coauthors of fiction
Replies: 6
Views: 1498

Re: Unpublished coauthors of fiction

Is your co-author actually going to be doing any writing in the story or did he just spend time outlining the "universe" that it is set in?