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by Quill
February 16th, 2012, 2:50 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Length of a childrens fiction + fact book
Replies: 5
Views: 959

Re: Lenght of a childrens fiction + fact book

Claire Jones wrote:therefore I am unsure which to follow.
Follow your instincts first, your heart second. But keep researching, too.
Any help would be appreciated!
Yes, FYI, you can edit your first post anytime, I think, if you want to correct the thread title spelling.
by Quill
February 15th, 2012, 10:00 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Fade to Black?
Replies: 14
Views: 1983

Re: Fade to Black?

HillaryJ wrote:I don't think there are any hard and fast rules for this.
Heh, heh. Puns intended?
by Quill
February 14th, 2012, 10:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Fade to Black?
Replies: 14
Views: 1983

Re: Fade to Black?

Okay, sorry if there's already a topic on this, but - what are your opinions on fade to black sex scenes? I've heard people say that they're always bad, that it's the only way to do things, that it's good or bad in certain contexts... If the author doesn't feel a sex scene would advance the plot at...
by Quill
February 14th, 2012, 4:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you try to finish every piece of fiction you write?
Replies: 11
Views: 1932

Re: Do you try to finish every piece of fiction you write?

Heavens no, I don't finish everything I start. I strive to finish what is viable.

Not every seed that's planted makes it.
by Quill
February 10th, 2012, 11:10 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Your Best Advice to a New Writer
Replies: 28
Views: 7836

Re: Your Best Advice to a New Writer

Stick with it.

Good topic, Sommer.
by Quill
February 6th, 2012, 11:05 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Children's picture book with 2 writers
Replies: 5
Views: 1688

Re: Query: Children's picture book with 2 writers

Much improved!

The why-we-chose-your-agency paragraph is a bit loose and wordy. If you could tighten that you'd have a winner of a query all around.
by Quill
February 4th, 2012, 3:21 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Children's picture book with 2 writers
Replies: 5
Views: 1688

Re: Query: Children's picture book with 2 writers

My writing partner and I found the ABC Literary Agency through Nathan Bransford's website and blog, and we couldn't be happier. We feel that with your background in Life Science, you can relate to little girls and bug phobias, which is the premise of our book. These days, it seems, it is better to ...
by Quill
February 4th, 2012, 10:33 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: When to Query an agent
Replies: 7
Views: 5522

Re: When to Query an agent

It's not too early to begin writing the query, though. Sometimes this can help focus the writing of the novel itself. And query writing can take weeks to get right, if not months. It's a drafting process like any other. You can post it here in the query forum for feedback. And, of course, it's not t...
by Quill
February 2nd, 2012, 10:07 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query:Life's What You Make It - YA
Replies: 10
Views: 2668

Re: Query:Life's What You Make It - YA

In 1985 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Irons’ life was planned out for him from birth by his domineering mother. He would attend prep school, graduate from Oxford University and take over the reins of Irons Electronics. It reads like she hatched this plan in 1985. And yet he is seventeen? Seb...
by Quill
January 28th, 2012, 4:37 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Stereotypical Characters
Replies: 7
Views: 1497

Re: Stereotypical Characters

I don't see a good reason to include ANY stereotypical characters in one's fiction. Certainly not for main or secondary characters. (With background characters it may be acceptable.) Simply because most people are not typical. And because it hurts the fiction, just as using cliches in writing does. ...
by Quill
January 25th, 2012, 11:05 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Titles
Replies: 17
Views: 2979

Re: Titles

Titles are the funnest part of writing, for me. I did name my chapter titles in my recently completed Middle Grade novel, twenty-four of them, and I'm actually proud of how they tell the story -- without giving it away -- just by themselves. Titles just come to me. Or at least plenty of good choices...
by Quill
January 23rd, 2012, 10:02 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: fantasy query: Arkarum
Replies: 4
Views: 1532

Re: fantasy query: Arkarum

Countless generataions typo: generations have passed since the fall of mankind. The bowels of Hell have poured forth their scourge, Not quite congruous. How about "continue to pour forth their scourge"? and the few pockets of human resistance are slowly but inexorably being murdered and enslaved. M...
by Quill
January 20th, 2012, 10:04 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Beginnings and Ends
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Re: Query: Beginnings and Ends

This is a rough draft of my query. Melanie Brookford, a ninteen year old Typo: nineteen grammar: nineteen-year-old girl who recently found herself without a home or family, Bit weak, finds herself without home or family. Makes it seem slight. How about "loses her home and family" or some such. Also...
by Quill
January 18th, 2012, 9:29 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Horror Query HONOR: A ZOMBIE TALE
Replies: 12
Views: 2951

Re: Horror Query HONOR: A ZOMBIE TALE

It's not about your query length. It's about tightness and maximizing tension. Two years ago, Honor’s best friend sent her an e-mail warning of a suspected outbreak. He then promptly disappeared. A decent opening that deserves its own paragraph. Honor prepares as the pandemic creeps across the globe...
by Quill
January 17th, 2012, 12:07 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Horror Query HONOR: A ZOMBIE TALE
Replies: 12
Views: 2951

Re: Horror Query HONOR: A ZOMBIE TALE

Two years ago, Honor’s best friend sent her an e-mail warning of a suspected outbreak. He then promptly disappeared. The pandemic creeps across the globe. Infected souls wander burned out cities. The media lies about it. Governments institute cover-ups. Millions vanish into quarantine or die. Worse,...