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by Jaime
January 26th, 2010, 7:23 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Switching POVs = manuscript death?
Replies: 12
Views: 2109

Re: Switching POVs = manuscript death?

Diana Gabaldon does this. Claire Fraser's scenes are written in first person, and everyone else is third person. It doesn't bother me at all, but I don't know if it would make an agent or editor squeamish. I hate that there are so many little "rules" to avoid manuscript death (I like your term, by ...
by Jaime
January 26th, 2010, 7:11 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: query - dirge of the desert
Replies: 25
Views: 3210

Re: query - dirge of the desert

I would have to agree with Krista G., but I'll try to add a few more things. **Hey, folks! Figured why not? Everyone else is doing it, and I want to be one of the cool kids** Dear Agent, As though agree that it should be 'if' waking up strapped to a table wasn’t bad enough, Dima wakes up covered in ...
by Jaime
January 25th, 2010, 10:48 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Final query: Waiting for April
Replies: 29
Views: 4536

Re: Revised query: Waiting for April

Haha, yes, Nathan is an Uber Agent, but I'm a little scared about querying him! I wrote those sentences down ages ago, just to capture the main points. I don't know if I want to use ' She ' at the start of every sentence if it is in a paragraph, but I can certainly try to work around that, especiall...
by Jaime
January 25th, 2010, 6:18 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Final query: Waiting for April
Replies: 29
Views: 4536

Re: Revised query: Waiting for April

I totally love you guys! Thanks Justine - and no, of course I won't throw you out of the window! :) I have read Nathan's examples, and a million others, and I know mine's a bit longer. My first draft was much shorter, but I found that people were asking a lot of questions, so I was worried that the...
by Jaime
January 25th, 2010, 1:30 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Tackling a rotating POV in a query
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Tackling a rotating POV in a query

Thanks Bryan. Wow, I really screwed up! The second paragraph is supposed to be from Scott's perspective! I'll reword the second paragraph so that people know we're now with Scott, and then hopefully they'll forgive the alternating perspectives further down. I was almost tempted to change it to entir...
by Jaime
January 24th, 2010, 7:28 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Tackling a rotating POV in a query
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Tackling a rotating POV in a query

I am currently preparing a query for a novel written from two different points of view. I'm finding that because the story is written this way, people are getting confused as to who the main character in the query is. It was my understanding that a query shouldn't necessarily be from a particular po...
by Jaime
January 24th, 2010, 5:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Final query: Waiting for April
Replies: 29
Views: 4536

Re: Revised query: Waiting for April

Thanks Bryan and Dakota388! I'm officially at the stage where the query is doing my head in! Writing the novel from two different points of view was easy. The query? Not so much. Dakota, I will definitely revamp that last paragraph. It's difficult to know how many answers to give in a query, but I'l...
by Jaime
January 24th, 2010, 8:07 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Capital Letters or not in speech?
Replies: 10
Views: 1989

Re: Capital Letters or not in speech?

I think the exclamation mark and the dialogue tag should do the yelling, not the letters themselves :)
by Jaime
January 24th, 2010, 7:10 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Final query: Waiting for April
Replies: 29
Views: 4536

Re: Query help: Waiting for April

Okay, so I'm at the stage now where I can't move forward unless I get some more feedback! Please chime in if it doesn't make sense, or if there's too much information! I've tried to address the original issues as suggested by those who have critiqued it so far. Thanks in advance for any further sug...
by Jaime
January 24th, 2010, 1:54 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11976

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

Self-pub and vanity press are equal in my mind. The way that I look at it is this, if an editor or agent doesn't feel your story is good enough to publish, then it shouldn't be published. I have yet to hear of a vanity published book or a self-published book that has went on to be a best-seller wit...
by Jaime
January 22nd, 2010, 10:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: All right vs. Alright
Replies: 14
Views: 2652

Re: All right vs. Alright

I'm an 'all right' girl. I'm sticking to the proper use of the English language while it still exists :)
by Jaime
January 21st, 2010, 5:02 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Just for fun: What movie stars would be best for your MS?
Replies: 17
Views: 4731

Re: Just for fun: What movie stars would be best for your MS?

haha That's funny Jaime. I have a character named Scott as Jesse Spencer too. Bahahaha, that's hilarious! He must be a Scott! I'll hand him over when I'm finished filming with him . . . no, wait, there'll be a sequel . . . I'll hand him over when he's free. NO - after the third movie. Then I'll . ....
by Jaime
January 20th, 2010, 4:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Me time, shme time
Replies: 9
Views: 1582

Re: Me time, shme time

With a 16-month-old son, I disappear when both he and hubby are asleep. But then I get told off for not coming to bed until 3am every morning. Hubby was the one who encouraged me to write this novel, and this week it has been one year since I started, which means one year of him regretting that he e...
by Jaime
January 20th, 2010, 1:18 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8933

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

Novelists submit their work to agents all the time of course - but these agents aren't creative people, whose brains are functioning on a creative level. . . . You think I'm going to pass along the plot or the 'idea' of my novel to Mr. Bransford, a practicing novelist who likely receives thousands ...
by Jaime
January 19th, 2010, 7:29 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Should I just look for an agent in the US/UK?
Replies: 5
Views: 1262

Re: Should I just look for an agent in the US/UK?

Hi Icy! I'm an Aussie, too, and I'm going to be querying the US first. Mainly because there are only really 2 good agencies over here, Cameron Creswell (who are open for submissions now, but that is quite rare), and Curtis Brown . Both are incredibly difficult to get signed to, so they are at the bo...