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by maybegenius
October 9th, 2011, 3:20 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 4455

Re: So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?

Thanks Mira :)

I am definitely still on the roller coaster. Now I'm torn between the wanting to know and NOT wanting to know phase.
by maybegenius
September 20th, 2011, 1:04 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Best E-mail Service to Use for Querying Agents?
Replies: 13
Views: 4827

Re: Best E-mail Service to Use for Querying Agents?

You sound like you're doing everything right :) You're copying into Notepad to remove the funky formatting and you've sent yourself a test email to see how it looks. You should be good. And completely honestly, I don't think agents will hold it against you if the email is almost perfect except for o...
by maybegenius
September 16th, 2011, 5:57 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Soft Sci-Fi Agents
Replies: 1
Views: 1144

Re: Soft Sci-Fi Agents

Are you on Publisher's Marketplace? You may have some luck looking up soft sci-fi authors there and seeing their agents listed. I'm afraid I'm not much help, as I write YA and most YA agents are pretty eclectic in their tastes. They'll usually either say "I prefer contemporary/realistic" or they say...
by maybegenius
September 16th, 2011, 5:48 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How do I mention that my book is guaranteed to be reviewed?
Replies: 3
Views: 1297

Re: How do I mention that my book is guaranteed to be reviewed?

Based off of what I've read from agents, I'm not sure it matters much for a novel. If you were a non-fiction writer, that would definitely be part of your platform, but when it comes to fiction, the number one concern for agents seems to be whether or not they connect with the work itself. Generally...
by maybegenius
September 9th, 2011, 9:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Ending Novels
Replies: 8
Views: 1167

Re: Ending Novels

Consider what the most central character's mainmost desire is. From that purpose and complications opposing it, an ending then is the final outcome of that main dramatic purpose and complication. I suspect the ending is already there in the beginning, when the central character sets out his, her, o...
by maybegenius
September 9th, 2011, 9:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Where do characters come from?
Replies: 14
Views: 3237

Re: Where do characters come from?

My characters develop as I go. Once I have their general outline, I think about the sort of person they are, their history, their motivations, and I flesh them out that way. I rarely try to create someone just to fill a role, because I think those sorts of characters generally feel very flat. If I d...
by maybegenius
September 9th, 2011, 12:59 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339108

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Adventure Time & Cross-Audience Appeal: why a kid's cartoon appeals to adults as well, and how this can be applied to kidlit.

http://maybegenius.blogspot.com/2011/09 ... ppeal.html
by maybegenius
September 8th, 2011, 8:07 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 4455

Re: So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?

I've officially moved into the OH GOD OTHER PEOPLE WHO QUERIED AROUND THE SAME TIME AS ME ARE HEARING BACK BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD BACK WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD BACK YET OH GOD stage.
by maybegenius
September 7th, 2011, 6:03 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339108

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

The Trouble with Epilogues - my take on why I dislike epilogues so darn much.

http://maybegenius.blogspot.com/2011/09 ... ogues.html
by maybegenius
September 6th, 2011, 6:33 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: blogger death threats? What?
Replies: 12
Views: 2325

Re: blogger death threats? What?

Dude. Guardian. One of the first things that happens in situations like this is exactly what you're doing: people call the victim a big manipulative liar who's probably doing this for attention. Her posts both alluded to the fact that she has contacted the authorities and taken action to protect her...
by maybegenius
September 2nd, 2011, 7:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Oh Crap Breast Cancer
Replies: 82
Views: 13853

Re: Oh Crap Breast Cancer

I'm very glad to hear you got some good news. Best of luck to you and many well-wishes for your continued journey!
by maybegenius
September 2nd, 2011, 3:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Quality and Quantity of Dialogue...
Replies: 8
Views: 1826

Re: Quality and Quantity of Dialogue...

I know this is the most unhelpful answer in the world, but it really depends on the story. There have been successful novels written completely without dialogue and novels written in nothing but dialogue. Both are experimental extremes, of course, but they exist. Ultimately, it depends on what the s...
by maybegenius
September 2nd, 2011, 3:06 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: blogger death threats? What?
Replies: 12
Views: 2325

Re: blogger death threats? What?

This is terrifying, and I ache in the pit of my stomach for that woman, her family, and her friend, but I do think this is an isolated case. It seems clear that this particular individual had a personal bone to pick with the blogger and it escalated into something awful. She's also a very popular bl...
by maybegenius
August 30th, 2011, 6:43 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 4455

So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?

I just started querying for the very first time. This isn't my first project, but it's definitely the first one I've ever felt comfortable querying. And now I'm here. And I'm terrified/nervous/fidgety/etc. I don't really want to post my stats, since 1) I just started and don't have much to report ye...