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by Nathan Bransford
December 15th, 2009, 8:20 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan Just a reminder, I am very new to the submissions process. I sent my first out at the end of November. I just got a rejection after a request for the first five pages of my MS. The agent said that it didn't draw them in as they had hoped and that they were very busy and their reservations ab...
by Nathan Bransford
December 15th, 2009, 8:17 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Wow, Nathan, I can't believe it. This hasn't been up a week and already you have so many pages of questions. I'm almost embarrassed to be adding to it, to be honest, because I'm not certain you'll have an answer. Here goes anyway: I'm getting ready to submit (hopefully this week), and my first thre...
by Nathan Bransford
December 15th, 2009, 6:48 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: "Inside the Secret World of Literary Scouts"
Replies: 3
Views: 2248

Re: "Inside the Secret World of Literary Scouts"

Very, very informative article - one of the best I've seen recently. Thanks for sharing!
by Nathan Bransford
December 13th, 2009, 8:44 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you write the same genre you read?
Replies: 46
Views: 13738

Re: Do you write the same genre you read?

What a great question, Mira. I usually approach the forum via the View Active Topics choice. F or some reason topics of this writing subgroup do not make it over to that display selection, so I apologize for my late arrival . (Have we only been meeting like this for a week now? Good go, Nathan!) I ...
by Nathan Bransford
December 13th, 2009, 8:37 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, I know there is something of a stigma against self-published works because, well, a lot of self-published works aren't very good (and for the record, no, I do not think I'm some super fantastical author; generally I scrap a project shortly after I finish it because I think it's so horrible ...
by Nathan Bransford
December 13th, 2009, 8:34 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Wow, Nathan, I can't believe it. This hasn't been up a week and already you have so many pages of questions. I'm almost embarrassed to be adding to it, to be honest, because I'm not certain you'll have an answer. Here goes anyway: I'm getting ready to submit (hopefully this week), and my first thre...
by Nathan Bransford
December 13th, 2009, 8:27 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Min and Max for saleable manuscript
Replies: 5
Views: 2137

Re: Min and Max for saleable manuscript

Thanks guys. Nathan - is there a way to Search the Blog? Obviously there is the big "Search" button for the forum, but I can't find it for the blog anymore. i knew you had done this post in the past, but i couldn't search function after the website redesign. Cam No, there isn't one for the blog, th...
by Nathan Bransford
December 12th, 2009, 8:23 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan, My book is written through the perspective of three characters (in close third). Would it be considered misleading if my query letter only focuses on one of these characters? I explain the whole story in the letter but I do it thorugh this one character's perspective. Thanks for the help...
by Nathan Bransford
December 12th, 2009, 7:52 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, when is it appropriate to mention a sequel in a query letter? Also, should an author write a sequel before they've been published? I ask because one of my favorite authors (Jim Butcher) didn't get published until after he had three whole books in the Dresden Files series written. He also me...
by Nathan Bransford
December 12th, 2009, 2:30 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

commando8 wrote:I'm sure this has been covered at some point, but I can't find the answer: Do you represent the fantasy genre? If not, is there a reason why? Market demand? Your own personal preference? I would appreciate an answer.
Yeah, I do.
by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 10:17 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Maybe a silly question. In a query, is it worth taking small risks? I'll use an example to show what I mean. Let's say an agent once replied to someone on her blog, "Oh Gawd, don't call me Ms. Your Highness of Empress would be fine," but it was a couple years ago. If someone sent a query beginning ...
by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 10:14 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 222089

Re: Ask Nathan

Hello Nathan, In the first few episodes of Californication, Hank Moody's agent gets Hank a job writing a blog for a company. Is this normal? Do agents get approached by companies looking for writing talent? Or is it strictly book publishing? Just wondering if any other opportunities open up when ge...
by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 3:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Competitions
Replies: 11
Views: 5555

Re: Writing Competitions

Ermo wrote:Hey Nathan -

I'd love to see a short list of competitions that you recommend in terms of both their weight in terms of winning them and their legitimacy. If you have time....


Mike
I honestly am not familiar enough with them to offer any suggestions.
by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 3:09 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Do you prefer: Hardbacks or paperbacks?
Replies: 13
Views: 3374

Re: Do you prefer: Hardbacks or paperbacks?

If I'm going to have a paper book I want the hardcover - it's usually a much more beautiful product and looks best on the shelf. But these days anything I would normally read in paperback I read on my phone.