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by hulbertsfriend
August 25th, 2010, 12:37 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Number Four! Query for "Devin Briar"
Replies: 5
Views: 1102

Re: Number Four! Query for "Devin Briar"

I want to thank everyone for their help. I think I'm going to step away from the Query-go-round for a while. I'm constantly amazed at how tough the Query part of writing can be. I'm going to work on editing my MS for a while, and hope for an epiphany for writing a query.

DougM
by hulbertsfriend
August 24th, 2010, 5:11 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Private publicity for your book?
Replies: 1
Views: 553

Private publicity for your book?

Hi Nathan,

I received an e-mail from AuthorHive.com Who are they and is privately funded publicity for a book necessary? Isn't this something that agents and publishers provide for authors?

Thanks, DougM
by hulbertsfriend
August 24th, 2010, 4:06 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Number Four! Query for "Devin Briar"
Replies: 5
Views: 1102

Number Four! Query for "Devin Briar"

Dear Agent, No move in Devin Briar’s life is his choosing, from the simple government job he starts out with, to his climb to power by sheer innuendo and circumstance. Who is behind his rise to power and why him? Is it the powerful Senator, he’s related to, or the five influential members of the med...
by hulbertsfriend
August 21st, 2010, 12:59 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Mortimers Dream, YA fantasy *BETTER UPDATE PG 3*
Replies: 30
Views: 4901

Re: Mortimers Dream, YA fantasy *NEW UPDATE PG 3*

This my latest attempt, I feel like it is close, I hope you all agree. Dear Agent, Desmoree shale is a feisty fashion photographer living in Belfox, Australia. The death of her mother breaks the spell of protection, revealing her to the seers, and awakening her dormant fairy abilities. (The spell t...
by hulbertsfriend
August 20th, 2010, 8:28 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Third Query try for Devin Briar
Replies: 7
Views: 1199

Third Query try for Devin Briar

Dear Agent, He was chosen, for a reason that he can’t fathom, by mysterious people that lurk in the shadows of his life. They have to get him ready to stand in front of a runaway political freight train. To do that, they have to transform him into a powerful political voice. The problem is, the pers...
by hulbertsfriend
August 19th, 2010, 1:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 40947

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Name of Novel - Devin Briar

Life had a way of being whatever the moment intended, not what Devin Briar desired.
by hulbertsfriend
August 17th, 2010, 5:26 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Final (I Hope) Query Letter - The Oracle's Revenge
Replies: 9
Views: 1693

Re: Final (I Hope) Query Letter - The Oracle's Revenge

Thanks to everyone who shredded and burned my early query letter attempts. From the ashes, I've created what I hope will be a final draft. All comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. ------------------------------------------ Dear [Agent], Disillusioned Air Force Major Jarv Guerra’s c...
by hulbertsfriend
August 17th, 2010, 1:31 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: What's your genre?
Replies: 87
Views: 10065

Post Your Genre Here!

I've become curious about how many genres are represented by those in participating in this Forum. So how about this: Enter your genre and title of MS here. I'll total them all up after we have a few hundred entrees and post the results. Why should I you may ask? I have no idea... Call it market res...
by hulbertsfriend
August 15th, 2010, 2:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Can we start calling it something other than a query?
Replies: 18
Views: 2923

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.
by hulbertsfriend
August 8th, 2010, 2:43 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Second try at a Query Letter for Devin Briar
Replies: 8
Views: 1296

Re: First try at a Query Letter for Devin Briar

I appreciate the feedback. Got a little bored and wrote this on a whim. I'm no where near ready to submit my novel, but thought learning about the Query letter process wouldn't be a bad thing to do. Regarding Word count: The Novel comes out at 803 pages, double spaced, 12 point font. I've considered...
by hulbertsfriend
August 8th, 2010, 12:55 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Second try at a Query Letter for Devin Briar
Replies: 8
Views: 1296

Second try at a Query Letter for Devin Briar

Dear Agent, Devin Briar can’t seem to imagine a peaceful life. His best friend and roommate, Robin Denton, a world renowned Physicist, can’t imagine life without Devin and her Bugs Bunny slippers. No move in Devin’s life is of his choosing, from the simple government job he starts out with, to his c...
by hulbertsfriend
August 6th, 2010, 10:49 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Narrative Distance Limbo Closer Now
Replies: 10
Views: 1668

Re: Narrative Distance Limbo Closer Now

Polymath, Spot on as usual. Narrative distance can be controlled by the tempo in which you write. I find the more active my scene, the more effort is necessary to keep the narrative from falling away. Pace is crucial to narrative distance, at least for me. Changing narrative intimacy, can be done in...
by hulbertsfriend
August 2nd, 2010, 9:35 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Injuries from writing?
Replies: 18
Views: 2924

Re: Injuries from writing?

I made a slanted keyboard shelf (26 degrees) with a bracket that slides into the front of my deck. Then I elevated the monitor, so as I lean back in my desk chair, the angle of the keyboard allows me to rest my elbows on the armrests as well as reduced neck pain. I have a bad shoulder and this reduc...
by hulbertsfriend
August 2nd, 2010, 9:07 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: 1st Query Letter - The Oracle's Revenge
Replies: 12
Views: 2161

Re: 1st Query Letter - The Oracle's Revenge

This is my first attempt at a query letter. I've read Nathan's blog on the subject along with many other blogs. I've read some books that give advice and I've read a lot of the letters and advice in this forum. Having no personal baseline with which to compare this letter, I'm hoping to get your th...
by hulbertsfriend
August 1st, 2010, 12:40 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Complications
Replies: 4
Views: 905

Re: Complications

Hi Polymath, A provocative insight and so much rings true. So much so, that I am immediately drawn to my self-interest. Instead of working on my house I will... Maybe my motives are in conflict due to a sudden urge toward hedonism? My house is my house, the impetus to do what is needed or desired no...