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by SmurfHead
December 9th, 2009, 10:49 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Critique: YA Urban Fantasy
Replies: 9
Views: 2584

Re: Query Critique: YA Urban Fantasy

rose, jhoward, choculagrl, kfran... May I bake you cupcakes? :) Seriously, you guys have really helped me out. I feel like I've been looking at this query for ages... well, okay, a few weeks. I knew that it was a decent draft, but not submittable. Problem is, I had no idea what else to do to it. Yay...
by SmurfHead
December 9th, 2009, 12:03 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Etiquette when an agent says they're closed to submissions
Replies: 5
Views: 1448

Re: Etiquette when an agent says they're closed to submissions

Ditto. It's certainly tempting to submit anyway, but when I put myself in the agent's shoes, I think I'd be more annoyed than interested. It's like going up to someone with a wedding ring on their hand and saying, "Hey, I know you're signaling that you're not interested in taking on a new relationsh...
by SmurfHead
December 8th, 2009, 11:56 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Your own website?
Replies: 27
Views: 5261

Re: Your own website?

I plan on buying a domain and building a website just before I start querying. Frankly, I'm not sure if it'll make a huge difference, but it's certainly a good idea to reserve your own name, right? I remember Nathan critiqued a query on the blog (I can't find the post... grr...) where he mentioned b...
by SmurfHead
December 8th, 2009, 11:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
Replies: 50
Views: 11869

Re: Outline or Out of the Mist?

I do a little of both. A lot of things do occur to me as I'm writing, but I've learned to do a bit of pre-writing to save myself a lot of pain during the editing process later. I like to give myself parameters, but still keep things pretty loose. It was a tough balancing act, but I think I finally f...
by SmurfHead
December 8th, 2009, 11:22 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Critique: YA Urban Fantasy
Replies: 9
Views: 2584

Query Critique: YA Urban Fantasy

Hi, everybody! Thanks in advance for taking a moment to look at my query. Mainly, I'm concerned about the length of this letter. I submitted an earlier draft to Evil Editor, and the consensus was that the first query lacked detail and so seemed rather vague and boring. With that in mind, I revised c...
by SmurfHead
December 8th, 2009, 11:09 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Peer Critique
Replies: 12
Views: 2494

Re: Query Peer Critique

This story sounds really interesting. I agree that parts of the query do seem abrupt, but I'm certainly curious to hear more! I wonder if this query might benefit from being a bit longer. If I was writing it, I'd probably do a little bit more set-up about Ze'el and the dragon army. Right now, I know...
by SmurfHead
December 8th, 2009, 10:39 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Peer Critique TW REVISED
Replies: 11
Views: 3135

Re: Query Peer Critique TW

I love this query! Great pacing and a really promising description of the plot. I'm also really impressed at how you've managed, even in this brief letter, to give us a good taste of your narrative voice. (It's probably the only time I've ever seen the phrase, "beans, beans, the musical fruit" actua...
by SmurfHead
December 7th, 2009, 2:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?
Replies: 37
Views: 6891

Re: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?

Fun question! Favorite part... Despite being difficult, writing is one of the only things that can completely absorb my attention. I can sit with my laptop and plug my earbuds into my ears and zone out into my own little world. As an adult who got in trouble for daydreaming a lot as a kid, it's kind...