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by Nathan Bransford
December 20th, 2009, 12:27 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Just call the agent on the phone is a bad idea.
Replies: 18
Views: 5012

Re: Just call the agent on the phone is a bad idea.

Memoirs are kind of a gray area, and some agents will try and sell them on proposal, others need a full manuscript. I'd say the trend is toward full manuscript, but if the authors has a sufficient platform a proposal may be possible. It depends a lot on the project.
by Nathan Bransford
December 20th, 2009, 1:43 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 243123

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan, This is a weird one. Hypothetical: there's a writer friend who is a rare genius, but is rather stubborn and unusual in his manner. One of his particular quirks is that he wants to find an agent - or at least wants to find a publisher for his book(s) - but does not want to deal with an ag...
by Nathan Bransford
December 18th, 2009, 6:02 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Top 5 Favorite Christmas Albums?
Replies: 17
Views: 3939

Top 5 Favorite Christmas Albums?

I'm one of those people who actually likes Christmas music. I know that this kind of crazy, what with being besieged with holiday spirit everywhere you go, but I can't get enough of it. As a result I've become something of a connoisseur (which is a nice word for snob). Don't get me started on Little...
by Nathan Bransford
December 18th, 2009, 4:50 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 243123

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan, I'm wondering how a project's viability changes with cultural events and trends...to wit, we informally discussed my non-fiction project on the Art Deco garden, centered around Gatsby's fictional landscape, as having too small a potential market. I'm having good success with a different ...
by Nathan Bransford
December 18th, 2009, 3:07 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Just call the agent on the phone is a bad idea.
Replies: 18
Views: 5012

Re: Just call the agent on the phone!

The agents you have spoken to may well have been polite, but most agents I know really hate unsolicited calls. It's really an imposition on their time to call them up and ask them questions that are usually readily available online. If every author called up before they submitted we'd do nothing but...
by Nathan Bransford
December 17th, 2009, 9:47 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 243123

Re: Ask Nathan

Okay, here's one I haven't seen asked yet. Then I swear, no more questions! You've talked a lot about how you like to have query letters personalized. I'm intending to include that I am a fan of your blog in my query letter, but it just occurred to me...would it be a good idea to mention our user n...
by Nathan Bransford
December 17th, 2009, 6:47 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: the secret to writing a query
Replies: 13
Views: 4055

Re: the secret to writing a query

It's funny, because I kind of have mixed feelings about the "rules." I think there's a definite backlash against query "rules" and suggestions because people have come to see them as making authors panicked and more worried about breaking a rule rather than just focusing on telling their story no ma...
by Nathan Bransford
December 17th, 2009, 5:53 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: YA + Adult = "New Adult?"
Replies: 3
Views: 2078

Re: YA + Adult = "New Adult?"

Nathan, Came across a blog by Adrienne Kress http://ididntchoosethis.blogspot.com/ addressing the "crossover" from YA to Adult issue of shelving and such. Do you see this actually happening? Could it open up the market for those hard-to-place projects that may not have been picked simply because th...
by Nathan Bransford
December 17th, 2009, 4:38 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Do you ever feel you're getting worse?
Replies: 13
Views: 3297

Re: Do you ever feel you're getting worse?

I think a fear that the next book isn't going to come or that your talent is deteriorating is a perennial nightmare for any writer. Creativity feels so fleeting, and I think everyone fears at some point that they're losing their talent or that their next book won't be as good as their last.
by Nathan Bransford
December 17th, 2009, 4:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Questions from a first timer.
Replies: 14
Views: 4765

Re: Questions from a first timer.

Lots of great responses in the thread. I'd just like to chime in with three blog posts: 1. You Tell Me: How Can You Tell if You Have Writing Talent? 2. Author websites (which has info on how much to share on your site or via journals) 3. Novel word count Nathan, Link number 1 goes to the Star Wars ...
by Nathan Bransford
December 16th, 2009, 6:30 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Questions from a first timer.
Replies: 14
Views: 4765

Re: Questions from a first timer.

by Nathan Bransford
December 16th, 2009, 6:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Does anyone write humor?
Replies: 18
Views: 4658

Re: Does anyone write humor?

I hope that people find parts of JACOB WONDERBAR funny, though I didn't expressly set out to write a "funny" novel. I personally think the funny books I love are usually funny because the spirit of the novel is really wacky in fun way or because you laugh because you feel like you know the character...
by Nathan Bransford
December 16th, 2009, 5:33 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 243123

Re: Ask Nathan

Kaitlyne wrote:Thanks for the response Nathan. And now for one that belongs on your FAQs...When do you sleep!? ;)
I value my sleep very much! If I don't get enough I get seriously cranky.
by Nathan Bransford
December 16th, 2009, 1:25 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Speed Reading Pitfalls - Link
Replies: 6
Views: 2869

Re: Speed Reading Pitfalls - Link

Hi all, Found a link on the Guardian website discussing speed-reading. Can you speed-read literature? Why would you? And if you do fancy yourself a speed-reader, do you believe that you're potentially missing out on subtleties that writers spend half their lives agonising over? Does this concern yo...
by Nathan Bransford
December 16th, 2009, 2:26 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Second Hand Books
Replies: 16
Views: 5917

Re: Second Hand Books

I definitely understand second hand books for people who have tight budgets, but if you can afford it new books are the way to go if you want to support authors. Authors don't receive any royalties for used book sales, so if you want to write in this industry I feel like it's important to support th...