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by Quill
May 8th, 2013, 11:37 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for ST. JOHNS: a new outlook
Replies: 3
Views: 6643

Re: Query for ST. JOHNS: a new outlook

Sorry that I have commented in a while. I hope it will not stop you from commenting on this query. Thanks in advance for any comments. For several years all of the Federal Law Enforcement Agencies have been looking. All they have are whispers and theories. It started with three beautiful young Amer...
by Quill
April 20th, 2013, 10:48 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 336221

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

edmjill, looks like you've got the blog post thread pretty much to yourself!

Welcome to the board, by the way, and feel free to join in on other threads, too!
by Quill
April 16th, 2013, 5:01 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Good grammar test: can you pass?
Replies: 5
Views: 2447

Re: Good grammar test: can you pass?

"Which of these names is in fact the nominative feminine singular of the gerundive mood imported direct from Latin?"

I didn't find it a grammar test so much as a grammar terminology test, and I gave up on it.
by Quill
April 8th, 2013, 6:03 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: When You have two Manuscripts
Replies: 1
Views: 7931

Re: When You have two Manuscripts

First off, definitely query them separately rather than in the same letter. Secondly, work on both query letters, and see which letter -- which pitch -- comes out stronger. Query letter writing is an art in itself. Feel free to offer them up for critique here at Bransforums. I think you will find th...
by Quill
April 3rd, 2013, 10:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Cursed: YA Fantasy Query
Replies: 4
Views: 4448

Re: Cursed: YA Fantasy Query

Hello all! I began writing a query for my novel "Cursed" and I need help revising it. It's still in it's first draft so I'm only focusing on the meat of the query, rather than the bit about me at the end. Let me know what sounds wonky, what doesn't make sense, what you would cut, what you think I s...
by Quill
April 3rd, 2013, 10:08 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query, let me know
Replies: 12
Views: 5324

Re: Query, let me know

When William Chenette and Bradley Pinard are killed in a drunk driving accident after their high school graduation, the small town of Lafayette, Vermont is left reeling. Especially devastated are their four closest childhood friends, Dan Cody, Jeffrey Marineau, Benjamin Larivee and Aaron Foley. Thi...
by Quill
March 30th, 2013, 1:12 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Earth Bleeds Red- Query Help
Replies: 18
Views: 11761

Re: The Earth Bleeds Red- Query Help

Good luck with your query! Let us know how that goes with the two agents.
by Quill
March 29th, 2013, 11:12 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Earth Bleeds Red- Query Help
Replies: 18
Views: 11761

Re: The Earth Bleeds Red- Query Help

When Scott and Jessie's daughter is kidnapped, they fear the worst as all that's left behind is a pool of her blood. Awkward and not a hook. When the daughter is kidnapped the parents fear the worst: she might be murdered. That is not unique enough for a one-line opener. It is not a set up. It does...
by Quill
March 29th, 2013, 11:37 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Earth Bleeds Red- Query Help
Replies: 18
Views: 11761

Re: The Earth Bleeds Red- Query Help

Closer??? :) Dear Mr. x, When Scott and Jessie's daughter is kidnapped, they fear the worst as all that's left behind is a pool of her blood. Ashley is seventeen-years old and her disappearance is quickly thought to be a homicide. Their cozy, northwest town is stunned by the news when police find t...
by Quill
March 29th, 2013, 10:51 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query!! Please be honest and give any suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 3232

Re: Query!! Please be honest and give any suggestions

My book has a romantic story between my main character and her rescuer that I have been trying to work into my Query so how about this: Dear Agent, Sixteen-year-old Cara Smalls' world is turned upside down when she becomes the victim of a demon attack. Tristan, her rescuer, tells her that he is a m...
by Quill
March 29th, 2013, 12:37 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query!! Please be honest and give any suggestions
Replies: 3
Views: 3232

Re: Query!! Please be honest and give any suggestions

Your query, while decently written, has one main problem as I see it: most of it is contained in the short first paragraph. The first paragraph is quite good. But after that, very little new info is added. And so it feels like walking on a treadmill -- a lot of striding but not much travel. And so I...
by Quill
March 19th, 2013, 6:42 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Readings...In-Person Events
Replies: 2
Views: 3354

Central Arizona - Spring '13 Events

I'll be part of a panel on self-publishing and marketing, at Peregrine Book Company, April 14 at 2 pm, in Prescott, Arizona. I'm the presenter for House of Lit Author Services, helping authors publish their books. We're also giving a couple of seminars this spring. One is at the Dewey-Humboldt Libra...
by Quill
March 11th, 2013, 5:22 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: 100 page taster/work in development
Replies: 5
Views: 12698

Re: 100 page taster/work in development

Hi, would it be a complete waste of time to forward a 100 page taster of an unfinished novel to an agent? Yes. And more than a complete waste. Potentially damaging. You could turn off an agent you are interested in, for good. I have two objectives for wanting to do so - the hope of interesting an a...
by Quill
February 21st, 2013, 12:18 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: questions on a speculative thriller query
Replies: 4
Views: 2704

Re: questions on a speculative thriller query

Justin Thomas is an inventor with a few successes. The road to his latest invention is somewhat rocky though. This invention is a self generating electric vehicle. The smear campaigns by the oil industry, the scoffing by auto makers and the snide remarks from the Senate are over. It has become time...
by Quill
February 19th, 2013, 12:20 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: new query for a thriller
Replies: 3
Views: 3742

Re: new query for a thriller

I thank you in advance for any comment. Query for St. Johns Daphne Flowers’ stock in trade had gone up as the economy had gone down . An FDLE Agent, Daphne was a practicing forensic accountant. This meant she followed the money. She was good at it, much to the dismay of many Ponzi and Pyramid schem...