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by casnow
January 13th, 2010, 3:40 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188271

Re: Ask Nathan

I'm procrastinating today, so I'm dreaming of the day that I have an agent - which makes me wonder: What is the agent-author relationship like for subsequent novels? Do you automatically represent/read work from your client? Do they still have to pitch the idea to you and sell you with a query /syno...
by casnow
January 13th, 2010, 3:33 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Advice From Amateurs?
Replies: 17
Views: 3280

Re: Advice From Amateurs?

I think when it comes to critiquing manuscripts advice from unpublished authors is just as valid as from published authors because they have just as much experience READING. We are all consumers of books, and so we know when something has it. Most of us are also pretty good with grammar, syntax, etc...
by casnow
January 11th, 2010, 11:23 am
Forum: Books
Topic: POLL: Where do you buy your books?
Replies: 21
Views: 3899

Re: POLL: Where do you buy your books?

Up until last month (when I bought my eReader) it was Amazon if I was planning ahead, or in the airport if I wasn't. Now it's sony store or B&N online for eBooks or in the airport.
by casnow
January 9th, 2010, 10:34 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is your self-confidence bipolar?
Replies: 10
Views: 1821

Re: Is your self-confidence bipolar?

I'm super over-confident about the "big picture" of what I'm writing... the basic premise, the plot, etc. I'm also confident on the dialogue as that is one of the things I think I excel at... however, I'm really bad at descriptions of settings, etc. Also, right now, no matter what I write I feel lik...
by casnow
January 7th, 2010, 5:13 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Authors Selling E-Books Direct
Replies: 2
Views: 2452

Re: Authors Selling E-Books Direct

Joe Konrath (jakonrath.blogspot.com) lays out his sales numbers for e-Books on his novels. He writes the "Jack Daniels" detective series, which is own it's 8th or 9th book right now. For books in that series that have gone out of print (so he now owns the digital writes), he has released them for $1...
by casnow
January 6th, 2010, 7:14 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Requests for Exclusives
Replies: 2
Views: 738

Re: Requests for Exclusives

nathan's blog post brings up a huge question, which is how long is the exclusive period? The other question that you bring up, which is a good one, is how long do you go without a reply before you consider it rejected? I personally think if an agent hasn't made the time to write me a rejection lette...
by casnow
January 6th, 2010, 7:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: To Trilogy or not to Trilogy - Why is that a question?
Replies: 11
Views: 1877

Re: To Trilogy or not to Trilogy - Why is that a question?

I would put forth the guess that Editors/Publishers are not willing to take a risk for more than 3 books at one time. I'm sure if you wrote a successful trilogy that was selling well, and then wanted to add #'s 4-5 in the series then you could. Why not two? Maybe b/c soem part of the author/agent kn...
by casnow
January 5th, 2010, 8:35 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: How Valuable are classics to publishers?
Replies: 3
Views: 1050

Re: How Valuable are classics to publishers?

From looking closely at Googlebooks, kindle store, sony estore, B&N online store, etc., you can download almost anything written before 1932 for free. So this includes things like: Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Jack London, Mark Twain, Tolstoy, Proust, etc. I know these aren't a big portion...
by casnow
January 4th, 2010, 3:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do stories have to end well?
Replies: 12
Views: 1946

Re: Do stories have to end well?

Rick - I had been waiting for them to do what they did (one way or another) ever since season 1! I mean, I can't describe how happy that ending made me (think church bells ringing, angels playing harps, and warm and fuzzy puppies doing tricks kind of happy). Personally though - season two (Bay Harbo...
by casnow
January 4th, 2010, 3:24 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188271

Re: Ask Nathan

Re-querying: I know in general that re-querying is a bad idea, but let's say that as a young and inexperienced author I queried about a 274 agents with a manuscript that got rejected 193 times (with 81 no replies - er... yet to be replies). Then, I went and learned a bunch of things (like how to wri...
by casnow
January 4th, 2010, 3:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing
Replies: 24
Views: 4800

Re: Recommendations: How to Books on Fiction Writing

I just read the first chapter of the "Fire in Fiction" by Donald Maass tonight... it's just about how to make your readers connect to your protagonists. I can tell it is going to be a quality read from just the first chapter. Although it might make your books cliche, it will definitely make them mor...
by casnow
January 4th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do stories have to end well?
Replies: 12
Views: 1946

Do stories have to end well?

My current work in progress is turning out to be much darker and more brutal than I had originally thought. The protagonists are getting screwed over at every turn... little victory, huge loss. The side characters that are a part of their lives are getting sucked into the downward spiral and suck th...
by casnow
January 4th, 2010, 9:57 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Men and Fiction
Replies: 36
Views: 9598

Re: Men and Fiction

There was an interesting article in the NY Times now about how male writers these days seem to have had their testicles removed - most literacists prefer cuddling to sex, and that they don't have the edge that a young Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, or John Updike had. They're protagonists are the type ...
by casnow
January 4th, 2010, 1:00 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How do you personalise if u can't find info on some agents?
Replies: 4
Views: 950

Re: How do you personalise if u can't find info on some agents?

In my non-expert opinion I think that the most important step is making sure to follow the submission guidelines and give them exactly what they ask for, making sure to get their name right, making sure that they looking in the genre you are submitting, etc. I don't think anyone has ever gotten stra...
by casnow
January 3rd, 2010, 7:24 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejected queries from big name authors?
Replies: 2
Views: 849

Rejected queries from big name authors?

We all hear about how some big name author [insert favorite rejection folklore here] got rejected 37 times on 14 different books before they landed an agent/deal/etc... and then I started reading Nathan's recent post about searching for matsutake's out of the slush pile, and was thinking about how h...