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by Meredith
July 14th, 2010, 10:35 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 196894

Re: Ask Nathan

I have two questions. Question One: Word count in a query. Should it be the actual word count (rounded to the nearest thousand), or some sort of calculation, like 250 words per ms page? Actual word count. Question Two: This one is in the FAQs, but the answer is two years old so I wonder if the answ...
by Meredith
July 14th, 2010, 2:56 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy, Revised
Replies: 10
Views: 1767

Re: BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy

Valeriah hurdled vaulted over the locked gate and raced on down the path. The cliff-top trail was closed at night for good reason; one misstep could end in a fatal fall to the jagged brown rocks and crashing waves below. Valeriah could see in the dark better than most, thanks to her werewolf blood....
by Meredith
July 14th, 2010, 1:25 pm
Forum: Excerpts
Topic: BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy, Revised
Replies: 10
Views: 1767

BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy, Revised

I've just been through a revision, mostly of the first chapters of this. Here's the first page and a half, or so: Chapter 1: A Death in the Family Valeriah hurdled the locked gate and raced on down the path. The cliff-top trail was closed at night for good reason; one misstep could end in a fatal fa...
by Meredith
July 13th, 2010, 8:34 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 196894

Re: Ask Nathan

I have two questions. Question One: Word count in a query. Should it be the actual word count (rounded to the nearest thousand), or some sort of calculation, like 250 words per ms page? Question Two: This one is in the FAQs, but the answer is two years old so I wonder if the answer is still the same...
by Meredith
July 11th, 2010, 11:15 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Timeless (YA Paranormal Romance)
Replies: 8
Views: 1309

Re: Timeless (YA Paranormal Romance)

Hi all, I've been gone from the Forums for a while, since I threw out my old manuscript and started the story again, from scratch. But now I'm back and hopefully close to querying. Any comments are much appreciated, thanks! ------ Dear [Agent]: Seventeen-year old Helene Jacobsen has never questione...
by Meredith
July 11th, 2010, 8:14 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy, Temporarily Retired
Replies: 34
Views: 5222

Re: BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy, Still Newer Version

Thanks everyone. Here's the latest version. Undecided at the moment about where to put the blog info. I have a little time to decide. The novel is down for a quick brush up after a bit of actual feedback from the one agent that asked for a partial. (The feedback did come with a rejection, though.) V...
by Meredith
July 10th, 2010, 3:22 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query-- "The Savage and the Tender"
Replies: 9
Views: 1181

Re: Query-- "The Savage and the Tender"

Forgot to mention: If all I saw in the bookstore was the spine of your book, with that title, I'd be absolutely convinced it belonged in the Romance section.
by Meredith
July 10th, 2010, 2:18 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query-- "The Savage and the Tender"
Replies: 9
Views: 1181

Re: Query-- "The Savage and the Tender"

Hi all, first draft of the query letter for our WIP. In the interests of not wasting time/space, the agent-specific stuff and the wordcount info have been cut. Thanks in advance for all feedback! *** Winter, 1745. Scotland is losing a war for independence. The approaching British army has orders to...
by Meredith
July 9th, 2010, 4:53 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query-- "The Savage and the Tender"
Replies: 9
Views: 1181

Re: Query-- "The Savage and the Tender"

Well, the genre is alternate history fantasy, but I agree it doesn't hurt to have that one or two lines here. My main comments: There are a couple of typos/missed words. They query has to be as perfect as you can make it. And everything in one big block is probably not good. If you could break it up...
by Meredith
July 9th, 2010, 7:59 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Don't come to the House Tonight - edited
Replies: 30
Views: 4685

Re: Don't come to the House Tonight

As I have had mostly rejections from batch 1, I have revised my query. Would love any feedback before I send to Batch 2. After some feedback from this site on my synopsis, I have added much more detail here and removed it from my query as I didn't want to repeat myself. I'm not sure if I should lea...
by Meredith
July 5th, 2010, 8:56 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Use Somebody *Updated*
Replies: 31
Views: 5113

Re: Query: Use Somebody *Updated*

Merci beaucoup Quill. At least I had a good start ;). I have " blah blah blah ," because I'm still editing/rewriting my story. But I'm aiming for 100,000-120,000 words. I believe that's a good range.. Rolling out #8 Dear [ Agent’s name ]: Rachel McSwain’s always running. From her abusive father, bu...
by Meredith
July 2nd, 2010, 12:02 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy, Temporarily Retired
Replies: 34
Views: 5222

Re: BLOOD WILL TELL, Urban Fantasy, new version

Hi there I'm still interested in why Crystal's life was threatened, how, and by who? Is she half werewolf too, or something else? I know its hard to keep the query short but I think an extra line about this would be an extra hook. E.g. Valeriah's human cousin, Crystal, is attacked by a pack of evil...
by Meredith
June 26th, 2010, 4:17 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Use Somebody *Updated*
Replies: 31
Views: 5113

Re: Query: Use Somebody *Updated*

Better! Things make much more sense now. Thank you Quill and Mfreivald for your in-depth critiques and thorough explanations. I'm sure you know how much it helps. Here's version #4 Dear [ Agent’s name ]: Seventeen year old Rachel McSwain is serving a life sentence for murder and identity theft when ...
by Meredith
June 25th, 2010, 10:53 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Is this a partial request?
Replies: 11
Views: 2022

Re: Is this a partial request?

Either way, it sounds like they were sufficiently interested to ask for the pages, whatever you call it. So, congratulations.
by Meredith
June 25th, 2010, 5:50 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Confessions of an Elder - Fantasy *updated*
Replies: 22
Views: 3429

Re: Confessions of an Elder - Fantasy

Hello, all. My earlier versions, which weren't evaluated here, might have been too vague, and I didn't get a single request for pages from them. I hope to remedy that. Thanks for any and all assistance. Dear <Agent Name>, The sacred Vine, the wellspring of power that binds all life, can tempt the u...