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by gonzo2802
March 16th, 2010, 9:58 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: NO GOOD DEED paranormal thriller
Replies: 7
Views: 1311

Re: Query: NO GOOD DEED paranormal thriller

Good premise for the story. I read a little more of the description on your blog last night. Based on the query alone, here are some of my thoughts. (I am far from a query expert, mind you, but a fresh eye never hurts.) 1) I like the first sentence hook, but you might be able to make it a little mor...
by gonzo2802
March 15th, 2010, 10:11 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Mentioning Past Requested Material in a Query
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

Re: Mentioning Past Requested Material in a Query

In that case, it's really your call. If you feel more comfortable using that as a way to personalize, I don't think it would hurt to mention. It isn't likely the agent will remember your manuscript, or particularly care that she read something a couple of years ago, but it may suggest to her there w...
by gonzo2802
March 14th, 2010, 10:46 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Mentioning Past Requested Material in a Query
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

Re: Mentioning Past Requested Material in a Query

The previous material that the agent requested and rejected, did she say anything along the lines of "I'd be interested in reading any future material"? My thought process is - if the agent told you she'd be interested in seeing any future work, then I'd definitely mention it while querying with thi...
by gonzo2802
March 14th, 2010, 10:36 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Speculative Fiction Query REVISED 3/14/10
Replies: 11
Views: 1913

Re: Speculative Fiction Query REVISED 3/14/10

Here are a couple of my thoughts: 1) Val is a unisex name. Since he isn't clearly defined as a male until the last sentence of the blurb, I was picturing a woman up until that point, which can be a little confusing. 2) The foster mom trying to turn Casey in for reward money confuses me a little. If ...
by gonzo2802
March 12th, 2010, 8:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures
Replies: 55
Views: 22419

Re: The importance (and difficulty) of gestures

I think the only time I really have a problem with this is when my characters smile at one another. They do it all the time too, all different kinds of smiles; flirtatious, sarcastic, bitter, etc. Only problem is there are only so many times a smile can "curl" or "flash" or "creep" or "crawl" across...
by gonzo2802
March 12th, 2010, 5:14 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: CEDRIC (MG Fantasy)
Replies: 12
Views: 2441

Re: CEDRIC- Chapter 1 (MG Fantasy)

So far, I think the story is super cute.

The only thing I'm not sure of, is weather or not the average middle grade reader would know what stalactites are. I can't remember how old I was when we learned about that stuff. Other than that, I think the story has a really nice flow.

Good job!
by gonzo2802
March 12th, 2010, 4:57 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Word counts per page?
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

Re: Word counts per page?

I believe, generally speaking, when people talk about 250 words per page they are referring to the average number of words printed on a finished, type-set book page, ready for publication. For those of us just typing away on our computers, there is an endless variance to that number. If, for your ro...
by gonzo2802
March 11th, 2010, 3:53 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: First request for a full MS... rejected
Replies: 22
Views: 2807

Re: First request for a full MS! YES!

See, and just two days ago you were talking about how low your expectations had sunk.

Congrats! Best of luck that you hear even better news after the full gets read!

(Great, now I've caught the exclamation point virus)
by gonzo2802
March 10th, 2010, 3:30 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: How old are you?
Replies: 113
Views: 21084

Re: How old are you?

I'm 33. I had no desire to write until I was 18 and out of school, because I didn't realize writing fiction wasn't as mind numbing as writing term papers. Then I spent years writing in gusts and bursts, which meant I never finished a darn thing - other than about 6 NaNo's. About 8 months ago I got s...
by gonzo2802
March 10th, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How do you stop taking rejection personally?
Replies: 37
Views: 8141

Re: How do you stop taking rejection personally?

At least my expectations are getting lower and lower. It used to be "I'd be so happy if I could get published!" Then it was "I'd be so happy if I could get an agent!" And now it's "I'd be so happy if someone would ask for a partial!" That's sad, but I can see myself heading in that same direction i...
by gonzo2802
March 10th, 2010, 3:21 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Request for a Full MS - It came...the rejection.
Replies: 57
Views: 6986

Re: Request for a Full MS - It came...the rejection.

This goes back to my theory about bad luck earned by ignoring email chain letters. Except, this time it's bad luck on the agent's part. One day he's gonna smack himself in the head and let out a big ole Homer Simpson "Doh!" And I completely feel that agents who are going to go through the trouble of...
by gonzo2802
March 10th, 2010, 3:02 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Favorite Lines from Novels
Replies: 30
Views: 5350

Re: Favorite Lines from Novels

"God kills indiscriminately and so shall we. For no creatures under God are as we are, none so like Him as ourselves." Anne Rice - Interview With the Vampire

Technically, this is the movie version quote. They pared down some of Anne's wordiness ... but all the words are hers.
by gonzo2802
March 9th, 2010, 10:34 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Good Books - Bad Endings
Replies: 39
Views: 5707

Re: Good Books - Bad Endings

I have to agree with bronwyn1 and say The Lovely Bones as well. The way the story started off I thought it was going to be that powerful and moving the whole way through. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with any of the rest of the characters enough to care what happened to them. I kept reading becau...
by gonzo2802
March 8th, 2010, 7:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: On pacing and introducing main characters
Replies: 5
Views: 1063

Re: On pacing and introducing main characters

I know I'm a few days behind on giving my two cents, but I don't think that's too far into the novel to bring the third member of the triangle in, depending on the story. And I say this as someone who has a third member who comes in further along in the way as well. In my story, I had to make sure t...
by gonzo2802
March 8th, 2010, 5:55 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How do you stop taking rejection personally?
Replies: 37
Views: 8141

Re: How do you stop taking rejection personally?

You could do what I do, convince yourself that the rejections have nothing to do with your query letter and are simply a result of the bad luck you've earned from all those darn email chain letters you refused to forward. ;o)