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by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 8:18 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Authonomy: The Future of publishing?
Replies: 26
Views: 7961

Re: Future of publishing?

Hi Nathan... What are your thoughts about a website/company called: FastPencil ? It appears that they are encouraging people to write their novels with their "free" software and then having it "easily" converted into a PDF for your personal use or having it published through them? They were an unof...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 8:16 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The New Website
Replies: 23
Views: 5328

Re: The New Website

Also love the new site but agree with the first comment here. When I read the contact page, I was at first confused whether you wanted submissions there via the fill-in boxes and 'submit' or whether to still follow the "email me at" instruction, which is also listed on the page. I took the latter t...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 7:17 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query help - Revised
Replies: 19
Views: 5044

Re: Query help

I think the new version has better organization, but I found some of the writing a tad on the unpolished side: "well, everything," "her actual age being in her early twenties." I also don't know that the plot description needs to be three paragraphs - are all of these details and plot elements neces...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 7:06 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Agents too busy during holidays?
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Re: Agents too busy during holidays?

That one is in the FAQs.
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 7:06 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: While waiting ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2222

Re: While waiting ...

Keep writing!
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 6:59 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Guidelines for Posting Queries
Replies: 39
Views: 57238

Guidelines for Posting Queries

Hello! Thank you for considering posting your query or work for critique. There are not any formal rules about posting queries. However, please consider the following: If you want to post something for feedback, your odds of getting good feedback from the experts in the forums will be much greater i...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 6:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Competitions
Replies: 11
Views: 5250

Re: Writing Competitions

First, read the fine print and make sure you know what happens if/when you win. Does the journal get all rights? Is it a one-off? Make sure you understand and are comfortable with the arrangement. If, say, the journal retains all rights you might not be able to include in a collection down the line....
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 5:38 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 192591

Re: Ask Nathan

zen wrote:A follow up then - would you prefer the client call you or email you with the one liners/paragraphs? Thx.
I personally prefer e-mail.
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 5:32 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 192591

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan. If one of your new, unsold clients were to run a few ideas by you for their next manuscript, and the categories were either 1) urban fantasy series (adult) 2) YA dystopia 3) YA urban fantasy, all things being equal (writer excited about all three and you think all are fresh concepts), wh...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 5:27 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Pitch for WIP
Replies: 8
Views: 2689

Re: Pitch for WIP

Yeah, for works in progress I think it can be helpful to organize into a pitch just to see how your story sounds to you and to make things organized, but I'm reluctant to critique the pitch itself. Things might be changing, and it's important to first get the novel where you want it to be. And to do...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 5:17 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 192591

Re: Ask Nathan

Great forum! i am not sure if there has been a post about my question, but I didn't see one yet. So how important is the title of the manuscript to you when you are going through a query? I know that publishers may change the title if the project gets picked up, but I want to know whether agents re...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 4:56 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Peer Review of a Query
Replies: 24
Views: 5551

Re: Peer Review of a Query

I agree with what the others have said so far. I think you have some good elements, but the query could use some tightening. Some additional thoughts: - What magical powers? Why be vague about what the powers are? In queries: specificity wins. Because the reader doesn't actually know what his powers...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 4:49 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 192591

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan! I love the new layout. And these forums are awesome. So delicious and orange. Question: If someone said in a query letter "I am an English major at [Ye Olde University of Note and Splendor]", this being his or her only biographical info, would your reaction be: A) This author must also b...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 4:47 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW
Replies: 20
Views: 4530

Re: JACOB WONDERBAR AND THE COSMIC SPACE KAPOW

Ha - never thought about that!

To exclaim or not to exclaim, that is the question.

Thanks so much, and glad you're enjoying the forum!
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 3:18 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 192591

Re: Ask Nathan

gilesth wrote:Nathan,

How long should an author try to get a project represented by an agent before they should scrap it and move on to something else?
Here's the post for you: http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2007/03 ... ve-up.html