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by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 11:35 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Holiday Plans - anything fun or just shopping?
Replies: 9
Views: 2096

Re: Holiday Plans - anything fun or just shopping?

Spending Christmas with my family, then it's back to work work work!
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:41 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Holiday reading suggestions.
Replies: 7
Views: 1818

Re: Holiday reading suggestions.

I enjoyed HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick. No zombies - it's angels.
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 11:26 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Tales from the Query Front
Replies: 5
Views: 1637

Re: Tales from the Query Front

Does everyone get that same lump in their throat when the see a new email message with an agents name? I almost hate to open it because prior to that moment, I still had hope. I constantly work at my query letter but have been unable to get any positive responses. But I replied here to tell you how...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 7:16 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 219713

Re: Ask Nathan

I am continually amazed (in the positive sense) and impressed at the number of people that can finish writing a book (draft), even a poor one. Also at the stamina and dedication of agents & editors who dig through it all to find the gems. I envy that thrill you must feel when you find something bea...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 7:07 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: 1st round of rejections
Replies: 16
Views: 4104

Re: 1st round of rejections

Oh no, I had written out a reply and I think I lost it. Whoops! My thoughts in brief: - I don't think it's a problem that the subject is Tarot/the occult as I think many teens are really interested in things that are creepy/subversive - I wonder if you could be more specific about the mystery surrou...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 6:57 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query Critique: YA Urban Fantasy
Replies: 9
Views: 2766

Re: Query Critique: YA Urban Fantasy

I personally think it's fine to simply say that it's your first novel. Overall I think the query is in a really good place. It is on the long side, but there aren't any details that feel extraneous, and it has a nice flow to it. As others have said in the thread, I also was just a bit unclear why he...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 4:11 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 219713

Re: Ask Nathan

A follow-up to the above, if it's not too nosy. If it is, please feel free to ignore it. If you were to take on five new clients in a year, roughly how many more do you think you might offer to represent that, for whatever reason, would chose not to become clients of yours? I'm tempting the gods by...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 4:10 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 219713

Re: Ask Nathan

Wow, thanks again for being so generous with your time; we all really appreciate you for that. If I may, now I'm curious about roughly what percentage of your new clients will already have a publisher interested in their book before they contact you? In other words, how many will already have a pub...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 4:08 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 219713

Re: Ask Nathan

Would you consider further characterizing those numbers in any sort of (haphazard even) manner? Like, is 82.098884% just raw, shouldn't-even-query-their-mother, type drek? 9% has potential, 2% good, but not my thing, .07% revise & resubmit? If this is already a blog post somewhere that I missed - a...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 3:51 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Apple Tablet Rumor: Publishers get 70%?
Replies: 7
Views: 2179

Apple Tablet Rumor: Publishers get 70%?

“Apple will split revenue 30/70 (Apple/publisher); give the same deal to all comers; and not request exclusivity. We believe the typical Kindle/publisher split is 50/50, rising to 30/70 if Kindle is given ebook exclusivity.” http://digitaldaily.allthingsd.com/20091209/apple-pitching-tablet-to-publi...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 2:25 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 219713

Re: Ask Nathan

A follow-up to the above, if it's not too nosy. If it is, please feel free to ignore it. If you were to take on five new clients in a year, roughly how many more do you think you might offer to represent that, for whatever reason, would chose not to become clients of yours? I'm tempting the gods by...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 2:13 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rhetorical Question...question
Replies: 3
Views: 1616

Re: Rhetorical Question...question

I really only chafe at queries that begin with rhetorical questions, I'm not opposed to rhetorical questions entirely.
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 2:01 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 219713

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, if I recall correctly, I saw that you read something like 7,000 - 10,000 queries a year and take on 2-3 new clients a year. That may be completely wrong, or those may be old figures, so I'm curious if I have the numbers right? I find infinitesimal odds strangely thrilling! Thanks. This year...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 1:41 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Guidelines for Posting Queries
Replies: 39
Views: 71847

Re: Guidelines for Posting Queries

Nathan, I am new to forums, and I must admit, I find them a little confusing. Per the guidelines, individuals who wish to submit their query for review, should participate in the forum and offer good feedback. Is participation limited to this thread, or do comments/feedback to other threads in this...
by Nathan Bransford
December 9th, 2009, 1:13 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books
Replies: 14
Views: 4733

Re: Hachette and S&S to Delay Release of E-books

As someone who wants to see the publishing industry financially successful, and as someone who wants to sell lots of hardcovers some day, I think this move makes perfect sense. Here's something I'm not sure I understand, though. Let's say a hardcover retails for $30. How much does the publisher mak...