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by bigheadx
May 3rd, 2010, 6:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tips/techniques for formatting "pasted" query chapters
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: Tips/techniques for formatting "pasted" query chapters

Thank you, Camille! I tend to put in indents unless block style is mentioned in guidelines. I find the extra line of space between paragraphs in block style too disruptive with dialog. Generally, I put in five spaces at front of the paragraph for indent. I also use underscores before and after to in...
by bigheadx
May 3rd, 2010, 5:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tips/techniques for formatting "pasted" query chapters
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Re: Tips/techniques for formatting "pasted" query chapters

Many thanks, polymath! I was planning to use Gmail for my queries but its plain text feature is, well, very plain. Going from Movie Magic's novel formatting software into rich text Gmail does the nice unindented paragraphs with empty line, but I'm also seeing some pesky extra spaces. Maybe I had be...
by bigheadx
May 3rd, 2010, 5:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tips/techniques for formatting "pasted" query chapters
Replies: 10
Views: 1782

Tips/techniques for formatting "pasted" query chapters

Since many agencies now accept (if not require) email submissions, how do you go about pasting in that first chapter so that you avoid formatting errors caused when you copy from a Word doc (or other software) into the body of the email? Do you copy it all to a text file first? Do you even worry abo...
by bigheadx
April 19th, 2010, 12:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives
Replies: 15
Views: 3544

Re: Scrivener and Windows Alternatives

I've tried various writing software packages such as yWriter - I just can't get the hang of them: too many shiny things available (character descriptions! storyboards!) that I ended up spending all my time with the add-ons and no time with the novel. So for now I'm stuck with the 2-doc approach - o...
by bigheadx
April 16th, 2010, 4:43 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Updated YA first page :)
Replies: 20
Views: 3902

Re: Be the first to read my first page? :)

You are most welcome and if my comments have been of any help then that's terrific! Good luck! JohnN Thanks so much for the helpful feedback! wildheart - You pointed out something other people have noticed too... I'll have to work on explaining why she's the only freshman in that class. And I was a ...
by bigheadx
April 15th, 2010, 1:56 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: Updated YA first page :)
Replies: 20
Views: 3902

Re: Be the first to read my first page? :)

It appears you have received some excellent advice from other readers, so allow me to comment on a few "technical" and content issues: .......... My first high school class. I stood outside at the classroom door, even though it was cold and dark and drizzling outside. This was typical first day of ...
by bigheadx
April 13th, 2010, 4:20 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: New Manuscript - What do you think of this style?
Replies: 14
Views: 3069

Re: New Manuscript - What do you think of this style?

Allow me to be the more clinical reader here and note some inconsistencies and outright head scratchers.... I started my new book yesterday and got about 1/8th of the way through the rough draft (13,000 words so far; I've had the idea forever and I hope to finish by the end of April). It's a YA para...
by bigheadx
April 12th, 2010, 9:47 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Guidelines for Posting Queries
Replies: 41
Views: 76194

Re: Guidelines for Posting Queries or Excerpts From Your Work

Thank you! Checking the full forum and not just the Guidelines would have been a good idea. ;) John I believe you are confused because originally queries were posted for feedback in the "All Things Finding An Agent" forum, but later a new forum was created just for feedback on queries and other writ...
by bigheadx
April 12th, 2010, 4:55 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Guidelines for Posting Queries
Replies: 41
Views: 76194

Re: Guidelines for Posting Queries

I think you might try and provide feedback on some of the queries that have already been posted. To post your own query, go into the Finding An Agent forum and click "New Topic," then paste into the post. Forgive my obtuseness, Nathan, but this new user is a bit confused, specifically because he co...