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by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 10:17 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234867

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: 234867

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: 5825

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: 3635

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.
by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 3:06 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234867

Re: Fragment Sentences

What is your opinion on fragment sentences in a query? We all know they are grammatically incomplete but if used sparingly and wisely they can help make your point and make it "pop". At least that is what my mind tells me. I am hoping you can share a quick thought on this. By the way, you may be ti...
by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 3:04 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234867

Re: Ask Nathan

Hello Nathan, I have a question regarding the preferences of agents including yourself. In your opinion is it more appetizing if someone is querying a series with two installations already completed or if they simply query only the very first novel. The series is going to be three books in total un...
by Nathan Bransford
December 11th, 2009, 3:01 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234867

Re: Ask Nathan

So if I say post my query up here and you and others critique is it still ok to query you with it? I am finishing a completely new YA project and am planning to query you in the new year but I would love to hear opinions first because it's a one time opportunity. Do you ever pick up a query from th...
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 8:42 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234867

Re: Ask Nathan

Is there a way to delete a thread? I received wonderful help on my query, but don't want it posted anymore. Can you delete it for me? I did not seem to have a delete option. Have I said delete enough? Thanks! KFran Welll.. I do believe there's a way but I hope you'll consider leaving your query up ...
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 7:05 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234867

Re: Ask Nathan

Hey Nathan, I'm working on a comedic memoir/collection of essays. So in other words, they're common stories told through the eyes of an uncommonly handsome man. I'm almost finished and hope to query you soon. I'm currently working on a story that covers all the lowlights of my unheralded football c...
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 6:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Male Protagonists in Young Adult Fiction
Replies: 9
Views: 4221

Re: Male Protagonists in Young Adult Fiction

Laurie Lamb wrote:Is it true that it's harder to sell young adult fiction with a male protagonist rather than a female protagonist?
Even if this were true, would you change the story you want to tell? If the answer is yes I say fie, fie!
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 6:53 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query critique - REVELATION: THE BOOK OF ANGEL- Revision 2
Replies: 19
Views: 5229

Re: Query critique - REVELATION

Ok after writing and rewriting the last scene of my novel (at least half a dozen times) and throwing it out the window I thought I would take a break and seek opinions on an early query attempt. So here is my first attempt. Questions: Does it read more like the back cover blurb? Or is that the gist...
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 6:45 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Pitching a "Cross-Genre" Work
Replies: 3
Views: 1527

Re: Pitching a "Cross-Genre" Work

But with any novel that blends genre, it's usually primarily one. And as I said in the other thread, when in doubt just go with whatever section of the bookstore it will be stocked in.
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 6:44 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Pitching a "Cross-Genre" Work
Replies: 3
Views: 1527

Re: Pitching a "Cross-Genre" Work

This is actually also being discussed in another forum: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=52
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 6:41 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Agents too busy during holidays?
Replies: 4
Views: 1692

Re: Agents too busy during holidays?

coloradokid wrote:I looked in FAQ's and couldn't find answer to whether agents are too busy during holidays.
It's the eighth post in the FAQs!

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2008/12 ... query.html
by Nathan Bransford
December 10th, 2009, 6:38 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 234867

Re: Ask Nathan

Hey Nathan, I'm working on a comedic memoir/collection of essays. So in other words, they're common stories told through the eyes of an uncommonly handsome man. I'm almost finished and hope to query you soon. I'm currently working on a story that covers all the lowlights of my unheralded football c...