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by karenbb
September 23rd, 2010, 9:03 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/23
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

Re: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/21

after an entire day or revising these four paragraphs (thank you to quill for comments and to my amazing critique partner for a day of back and forth), here's the latest: Single mom and music journalist Claire Abby gets her big break when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story. She nearly passes out ...
by karenbb
September 22nd, 2010, 1:23 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/23
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

Re: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/21

thanks quill--seriously.

I appreciate all of your time and insight.

I am percolating and revising and have been since early this morning. I'll post when I come up with something worth reading, hopefully by the end of the day.
by karenbb
September 21st, 2010, 7:15 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/23
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

Re: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/21

Quill, Thanks for your always valuable feedback. To answer your final question(s) (and I'm hoping that answering will help me figure out a way to do what you think I need to do or maybe help you see what I need to do more clearly and possibly offer some direction), Claire is leery of the pregnancy t...
by karenbb
September 21st, 2010, 4:33 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/23
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

Re: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated AGAIN

Here's the latest try. I'm no longer counting...thanks so much to everyone who's put the time into responding and thanks in advance for feedback on this one. This is just the plot part of my query... Single mom and music journalist Claire Abby gets the biggest break of her career when she lands a Ro...
by karenbb
September 13th, 2010, 6:05 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Running in Flip-Flops - Back for More!!! (Page 2)
Replies: 16
Views: 2541

Re: Running in Flip-Flops - I would love some help with my query

Hello everyone! I'm still finishing the final edits on my manuscript and working on this query in the meantime. I would love some feedback and suggestions on how to improve it. Thanks in advance for your help!! - Abigail The query: Shannon Wheaton has no running water or electricity, and that’s the...
by karenbb
September 13th, 2010, 4:18 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated 9/23
Replies: 32
Views: 4948

Re: Query: Bring Me Back, women's fiction--Updated AGAIN

Here's the early fall version of my query... Dear Agent, Claire Abby is a single mom and music journalist who gets her big break when she lands a Rolling Stone cover story. She nearly passes out when she learns her assignment entails interviewing 80s British rock legend Christopher Penman—she spent ...
by karenbb
September 9th, 2010, 2:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Rough draft process
Replies: 12
Views: 1593

Re: Rough draft process

I don't start stressing about word count until I have to. I'm with most everyone else--write the story from beginning to end and then see where you are. If it's 200K, you went way too far, and if it's 80K, you probably need to go back and add layers, depending on your genre. I think the most importa...
by karenbb
September 2nd, 2010, 5:02 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can we start calling it something other than a query?
Replies: 18
Views: 2942

Re: Can we start calling it something other than a query?

I have $1.83 in unmarked bills for the person that can come up with a way to make writing a query letter less soul crushing! I write hundreds of thousands of words, but choke at the 250ish to be sent to an agent. yes, yes, a million times yes. Funny, I totally forgot I even started this thread. I'v...
by karenbb
August 24th, 2010, 8:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you pick a beta?
Replies: 7
Views: 1149

Re: How do you pick a beta?

Close friends are good for one thing--staying close. In other words, they will have a very hard time giving you real feedback. I have close friends read my stuff all the time and many have learned to be critical but it's taken time. You need to find a critique partner and as cheekychook so adeptly p...
by karenbb
August 13th, 2010, 7:00 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How many people do you query?
Replies: 21
Views: 3834

Re: How many people do you query?

My poor husband is my proof reader, but his comments are only as far as spelling, grammar, typos etc. I have two friends who have read and generally commented although I realise they are far to nice to be too critical. Neither are writers but both are big readers and generally very literate people....
by karenbb
August 13th, 2010, 6:45 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Its got a nice beat I can dance to....
Replies: 16
Views: 2656

Re: Its got a nice beat I can dance to....

Ooh! I love song lyrics...but I tend to only like snippets...the moments of true "brilliance"... There's a band called The Damnwells who are no longer together but their main songwriter wrote amazing lyrics (and subsequently went to the Iowa Writers Workshop)...I can never remember the long stretche...
by karenbb
August 13th, 2010, 6:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you get yourself to write?
Replies: 40
Views: 10539

Re: How do you get yourself to write?

I sneak up on it. Writing exercises help to get me started. Put down a few words, just a few dozen maybe, I tell myself, of a brief scene, a vignette, or an anecdote; and I'm off and running. I try out new techniques, just learned methods, someone else's voice, inspiration, or premises; rewritten, ...
by karenbb
August 10th, 2010, 10:25 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can we start calling it something other than a query?
Replies: 18
Views: 2942

Can we start calling it something other than a query?

I hear the word "query" and my eyelid twitches and my skin breaks out. Can we come up with some other term? I mean, we're all creative people, right? Perhaps something more descriptive: weary Perhaps something that will make me want to waste time doing it: facebook Perhaps something that will make m...
by karenbb
July 19th, 2010, 3:48 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you celebrate finishing a book?
Replies: 30
Views: 8168

Re: How do you celebrate finishing a book?

I'd first like to know how you determine that it's finished...my book has been finished for two months and yet I can't bring myself to stop editing...
by karenbb
July 9th, 2010, 7:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Planner or Pantser
Replies: 37
Views: 4105

Re: Planner or Pantser

I know where things start (although that usually ends up getting cut when you realize you're dinking around too much) and I know where things end. I know a few key events along the way and I let the characters tell me how we get there. Personally, I think it's better to let your characters dictate t...