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by arbraun
September 25th, 2010, 9:33 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query--BOOK OF SHADOWS, Horror
Replies: 11
Views: 1585

Query--BOOK OF SHADOWS, Horror

This is the first time I've posted this query for feedback, but not my first time in the forums here. Dear agent, When Kaitidid Rogers’s parents are beheaded in a car crash, her mind shuts down. Discovering telepathic and psychokinetic powers in the hospital’s mental ward doesn’t help matters either...
by arbraun
September 25th, 2010, 9:13 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: FADING GREY - A Paranormal Romance Query
Replies: 11
Views: 1869

Re: FADING GREY - A Paranormal Romance Query

Dear geistwrite, I am an unpublished writer seeking a literary agent. I wouldn't mention the lack of publications. FADING GREY is a work of fiction in the paranormal romance genre and is about 90,000 words. Anna’s world is a unique mix of myths and legends come to life. I would put this paragraph at...
by arbraun
September 25th, 2010, 4:37 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Whip-Slip query
Replies: 68
Views: 8994

Re: The Whip-Slip query

Seventeen-year-old Thea Vans will do anything to protect her best friend, Tully. That’s why she’ll never speak to him again. Intriguing opener. Thea can hurt or heal with a single touch. One touch causes nosebleeds, hives, projectile vomiting. Another cures colds, mends broken legs, or brings bliss...
by arbraun
September 25th, 2010, 3:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Forsaken Ones Query-Paranormal novel
Replies: 10
Views: 1711

Re: Forsaken Ones Query-Paranormal novel

This is my first post here, also the first query I've posted anywhere. And the first one I have ever written so feedback your be amazing! And I'll give you feedback on your query (not sure if I'm totally qualified to, but at least I can tell you is something doesn't make sense right?) Anyways, so h...
by arbraun
September 25th, 2010, 3:36 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query for Book of the Watchers-YA Horror *A new angle*
Replies: 30
Views: 5329

Re: Query for Book of the Watchers-YA Horror *A new angle*

Dear bookwatcher, Please see end of the post for current query. Thanks! I've been away for awhile because I've re-edited my story. I'm now ready to dive head first (ouch) into the query pool again. Thanks in advance for all of you who rip it apart. I want it good and my thin skin has put on a few mo...
by arbraun
September 25th, 2010, 3:15 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Lodestar query first go (new version posted)
Replies: 10
Views: 1945

Re: Lodestar query first go

Hi stephmcgee. Remember, the following are just opinions meant to improve your query. Keep and discard what you wish. <The day that Derek Steventon wished on a shooting start to get into NASA, . . . I'd not have a typo in a query. I think you meant "shooting star." I'd proofread ten times. <. . . he...
by arbraun
September 20th, 2010, 10:54 am
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Looking for a horror critique partner
Replies: 0
Views: 916

Looking for a horror critique partner

I am a bit of a seasoned veteran when it comes to critique partners, so you can expect a professional attitude, not mean jabs at your work. I don't mind newbie critiquers, but I'm looking for horror authors for crits, somebody who regularly reads this stuff and understands it.
by arbraun
September 18th, 2010, 10:06 pm
Forum: Town Hall
Topic: The Introduction Thread
Replies: 618
Views: 197899

Re: The Introduction Thread

What's up? I'm A. R. Braun, a horror author from the Peoria, Illinois area. A true hick in the sticks if there ever was one, though I don't dress or act like it. I've been hard at this gig for almost three years now and am almost done with my first novel, as far as the critique process, that is. I'v...
by arbraun
September 18th, 2010, 9:56 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Your favorite first book
Replies: 12
Views: 4320

Re: Your favorite first book

Gord Rollo's The Jigsaw Man . Not only was it phenomenal, but also he showed you don't have to use twenty dollar words. Five centers did him well. I only remember one big word from the book, and I already knew what it meant. Yes, it's true: even with most great authors, their first book is usually a...
by arbraun
September 12th, 2010, 12:01 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Plot or Character - Which Comes First?
Replies: 35
Views: 8008

Re: Plot or Character - Which Comes First?

I usually start with the plot, which involves conflict, choices and what's at stake. When I'm working on a trilogy, of course I'll start with the characters. I think it depends on the book idea also.
by arbraun
September 4th, 2010, 11:46 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?
Replies: 17
Views: 6086

Re: How do you know when to end a chapter and start a new?

I tend to put the chapters and scene breaks in as I write the novel, usually when the POV changes or when a scene feels done. I'm learning not to go so long on chapters as it's hard on the reader, but I have an innate sense of where to stop the scene, as in a cliffhanger.
by arbraun
August 28th, 2010, 11:59 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: what makes you choose a book??
Replies: 11
Views: 4378

Re: what makes you choose a book??

Word of mouth, and I'll stick with an author if I know he writes well consistently. I don't care about the cover. The book could have the boldest artwork and the brightest colors and, if it's not my thing as far as content, I won't like it, though a sharp cover is nice to look at. Also, availability...
by arbraun
August 21st, 2010, 11:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: (This thread is not yet titled)
Replies: 38
Views: 10648

Re: (This thread is not yet titled)

I have a natural gift for thinking of titles, thank God. I don't know what it's like to agonize over them. If I run into someone who can't think of one, I can usually come up with a killer title, which makes me feel good inside. Sometimes, I think of a better title than an author has come up with, w...
by arbraun
August 15th, 2010, 12:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you get yourself to write?
Replies: 40
Views: 10730

Re: How do you get yourself to write?

I feel your pain. I am by nature lazy and have to fight it all the time. I remind myself that I could earn a good living by writing someday. I haven't finished a novel yet, so I'm cutting my teeth in short stories, which don't pay much. I also find myself with nothing to do when I write. It's a good...