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by gilesth
December 16th, 2009, 7:46 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Peer Review of a Query
Replies: 24
Views: 5761

Re: Peer Review of a Query

Alright, after several MORE revisions, this is what I have come up with...what do you think? Dear Agent, Filled with wild magic that threatens to explode out of him and destroy everyone he cares about, Nicholas Benson enrolls in Andere’s world famous Magi Academy to learn how to control his power. B...
by gilesth
December 12th, 2009, 7:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?
Replies: 37
Views: 7157

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

I love creating characters, writing the first draft, fixing subsequent drafts, and figuring out how to make the plot better. I even like writing the outline, sometimes. I hate, hate, HATE editing, and querying, and trying to sell my work. Hardest lesson? I can do it as long as I stick with it and do...
by gilesth
December 12th, 2009, 7:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What We’re Going to Have to Give Up and Get Used To
Replies: 11
Views: 2878

Re: What We’re Going to Have to Give Up and Get Used To

Fiction authors will probably not be able to make a living from their writing until later in their careers. Of course there will always be the lottery winners who score a major movie deal or are raised up to be the next hot child of some major publisher. But most authors won’t be known until they h...
by gilesth
December 12th, 2009, 7:45 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 196509

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, when is it appropriate to mention a sequel in a query letter? Also, should an author write a sequel before they've been published? I ask because one of my favorite authors (Jim Butcher) didn't get published until after he had three whole books in the Dresden Files series written. He also men...
by gilesth
December 9th, 2009, 8:50 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Peer Review of a Query
Replies: 24
Views: 5761

Re: Peer Review of a Query

Okay, I think this is the final draft of the new query! Thoughts on improvement, or should I move forward with this one and send it to agents? Dear Agent, Nicholas Benson spent most of his life either getting bullied or being shunned by the children in his home town because of his startling resembla...
by gilesth
December 8th, 2009, 9:37 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Preface and backstory.
Replies: 17
Views: 5556

Re: Preface and backstory.

That's a hard question to handle. To say that a preface or prologue is frowned upon is unfair considering how many books contain them. Look at Jim Butcher's Codex Alera: at least three of the six books in that series are New York Times Bestsellers, and they ALL have prologues and epilogues. The best...
by gilesth
December 8th, 2009, 9:32 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Outline or Out of the Mist?
Replies: 50
Views: 12368

Re: Outline or Out of the Mist?

I've tried the out-of-the-mist process, and it didn't work for me :) I like the idea of being able to shape the story in an outline before I "set it in stone" in the actual book. It's so much easier to edit that way, I've found. I actually talked about this in my blog, coincidentally. I love this to...
by gilesth
December 8th, 2009, 8:57 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Peer Critique
Replies: 12
Views: 2582

Re: Query Peer Critique

Wow! This sounds like an AWESOME story! About your pitch: I'd like to know more about specific direction the story takes. My recommendation is to leave out all but the most important background information (definitely keep the part about the brother's ability and how it was mistaken for autism), but...
by gilesth
December 8th, 2009, 8:46 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Guidelines for Posting Queries
Replies: 39
Views: 60727

Re: Guidelines for Posting Queries

Hello! Thank you for considering posting your query for critique. If you want to post a query for feedback, your odds of getting good feedback from the experts in the forums will be much greater if you have offered good feedback and have been a good participating forum citizen before you post your ...
by gilesth
December 8th, 2009, 8:37 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Peer Review of a Query
Replies: 24
Views: 5761

Re: Peer Review of a Query

Okay, based on your advise, this is what I have so far on my rewrite: Dear agent, On his first day at the Magi Academy, Nicholas Benson was shocked to discover that he shared a classroom with Joselyn Jameson, the daughter of the Queen. As their rigorous training commenced, Nicholas and Joselyn becam...
by gilesth
December 8th, 2009, 7:52 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for Debut novel
Replies: 18
Views: 3860

Re: Query for Debut novel

For the first paragraph, I agree with Jude. It's almost scientific, and while it might work in the book, it feels long-winded here. Overall, it sounds like you have a fascinating book, but once I hit the third paragraph, it sounded like you lost momentum and energy. One of the hardest things I've ha...
by gilesth
December 7th, 2009, 6:45 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Peer Review of a Query
Replies: 24
Views: 5761

Re: Peer Review of a Query

Very VERY helpful! So, here's my next question before I go out and revise the thing...actually to preface that, I must admit that Nicholas's "out-of-control" powers aren't really the focus of the story, they're simply a legitimate reason for him to uproot himself and move to the city, away from his ...
by gilesth
December 7th, 2009, 3:10 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 196509

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan,

How long should an author try to get a project represented by an agent before they should scrap it and move on to something else?
by gilesth
December 7th, 2009, 3:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Peer Review of a Query
Replies: 24
Views: 5761

Peer Review of a Query

So, I've queried about ten agents for my first novel (including Nathan), and so far it's been rejections. I'm not discouraged, I'm not even trying to be negative. I simply read a blog post by Kiersten White that recommended looking over my query after ten (or so) rejections to see if there's anythin...