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by J. T. SHEA
May 25th, 2017, 9:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How have politics impacted your writing?
Replies: 9
Views: 6693

Re: How have politics impacted your writing?

Consult your readers by all means, Nathan. But talk about what you like. It's your blog.

And think how much of politics is about holy scriptures, constitutions, laws, declarations, secret documents, reports, print and digital news. The pen can still be mightier than the sword. Words DO matter.
by J. T. SHEA
May 22nd, 2017, 11:20 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Alien Diaries - query
Replies: 4
Views: 1799

Re: The Alien Diaries - query

This is fairly clear as it stands, but I am conscious of how busy agents are and therefore have a few suggestions to make it a little clearer. It actually seems a bit on the short side at under 200 words, but contact details and possibly agent personalization would add to that. Nonetheless a bit mor...
by J. T. SHEA
May 8th, 2017, 8:10 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: How to meet agents at a conference?
Replies: 4
Views: 2158

Re: How to meet agents at a conference?

Clearly, Ms. Faust feels like a particularly choice Mozzarella.
by J. T. SHEA
May 8th, 2017, 2:16 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: How to meet agents at a conference?
Replies: 4
Views: 2158

Re: How to meet agents at a conference?

“Being an agent at a conference is kind of like being a piece of cheese at a mouse convention...”
I nominate that as Metaphor Of The Month!
(I know it's really a simile but I couldn't get the alliteration to work with an 'S'.)
by J. T. SHEA
May 7th, 2017, 11:42 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Query Critique Tuesday 5/9
Replies: 2
Views: 2239

Re: Query Critique Tuesday 5/9

I'm inclined to second HeatherM's comments. This is an intriguing but challenging query, which possibly interests me more than the average person or agent. If I were an agent I would ask to see more, but I'm not an agent and making the query more generally accessible could be worthwhile. I'm guessin...
by J. T. SHEA
May 1st, 2017, 12:35 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Are you reading more or fewer books than 5 years ago?
Replies: 3
Views: 2425

Re: Are you reading more or fewer books than 5 years ago?

I'm reading more books than five years ago, I think. And my online book buying seems to have added to more than replaced my in-store purchases. Every room in my house is a library now, including the bathrooms and hallway! I read books slowly but quite a few at a time.
by J. T. SHEA
May 1st, 2017, 12:29 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Which authors are killing it on social media?
Replies: 3
Views: 1805

Re: Which authors are killing it on social media?

John Scalzi's 'WHATEVER' blog springs to mind, as do your own blog and Forums, of course. Two quite different approaches, but both with variety and humor.
by J. T. SHEA
April 16th, 2017, 1:44 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Soccer!
Replies: 6
Views: 2304

Re: Soccer!

Nearly everyone I know follows soccer or Gaelic Football, an Irish game similar to soccer. I don't. I do like motor racing and yacht racing, which are also popular in Ireland, luckily. My brother supports Chelsea with near-religious fervor. Seeing his passion and that of other fans I'm not surprised...
by J. T. SHEA
April 12th, 2017, 12:30 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you get yourself out of a writing rut?
Replies: 3
Views: 11316

Re: How do you get yourself out of a writing rut?

Cursor staring no. Exercise yes. Long walks where I brainstorm possible set pieces etc. I always have plenty of ideas but can angst about choosing the 'right' one.
by J. T. SHEA
October 19th, 2016, 10:20 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMEIR:ABSOLUTION query
Replies: 1
Views: 3897

Re: AMEIR:ABSOLUTION query

Hello Vernalire. I must admit I'm a bit confused by your query. I know you cannot answer all questions in a query, but I do wonder why it might fall to Ameir to save billions of people. Why is he so significant? I've slightly edited your query below. Ignore if you do not find it helpful. Is it bad t...
by J. T. SHEA
April 1st, 2014, 1:34 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: UK Kitchens Sales
Replies: 0
Views: 1817

Re: UK Kitchens Sales

This query clearly needs rhetorical questions, detailed descriptions of the weather, and a passive voice. And why am I suddenly hungry for tinned meat?

JTS
by J. T. SHEA
September 6th, 2012, 2:48 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Blog Comment Problems
Replies: 7
Views: 1938

Re: Blog Comment Problems

A comment I made an hour ago using my Blogger ID (John T. Shea) re Nathan's moving to NYC has yet to show up.
by J. T. SHEA
June 13th, 2011, 6:10 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Putting together a marketing plan? Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 2439

Re: Putting together a marketing plan? Help!

You've provoked an interesting discussion, Taylormillgirl. I partly agree with all posters and commend their helpful advice. Your agent seems to mean direct author-to-reader marketing, as distinct from marketing to publishers, which is definitely your agent's job, and marketing to bookstores, which ...
by J. T. SHEA
June 1st, 2011, 7:53 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Conferences and Conventions
Replies: 20
Views: 5212

Re: Conferences and Conventions

65 Impala convertible vs truck? Good question, Watcher. What about cutting the roof off an El Camino? Oh wait...you're asking about writers' conferences. I dunno. I've never been to one. Yet.
by J. T. SHEA
June 1st, 2011, 7:03 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Is Blogger Broken?
Replies: 34
Views: 4565

Re: Is Blogger Broken?

Sommer, send boils and locusts and smite Blogger's first born sons as soon as possible! I bet they'll notice THAT in their feed! And then part the Mississippi. And remember Mel Brooks. FIFTEEN commandments on THREE tablets, not just ten on two. BTW, am I alone in finding Nathan's blog incredibly slo...