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by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 6:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing Competitions
Replies: 11
Views: 5591

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: 224297

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: 224297

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: 2976

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: 224297

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: 6167

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: 224297

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: 5107

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: 224297

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
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 2:25 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Authonomy: The Future of publishing?
Replies: 26
Views: 8698

Re: Future of publishing?

Hi Nathan, Just wondering if this http://www.authonomy.com/about.aspx is the future of publishing. It looks like a great way to "beat the slush" but at the same time I wounder if it is a very elaborate scam? Is this actually by HarperCollins? I think it looks promising, but I've not taken a detaile...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 1:40 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 224297

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan, How often to you reach out to journalists for an offer of representation for nonfiction? Is this rare? This was how I found my last agent and current one (well-respected, both -- they'd read my articles and contacted me), but it always gets me the evil eye when other writers ask me how I la...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 1:14 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 224297

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi, Nathan. I've heard many editors don't read submissions this time of year. Please say it ain't so! My agented submission is out there, whimpering and biting what's left of its nails and dreading spending Christmas without a home. Things are definitely slow this time of year, and this year things...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 12:28 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 224297

Re: Ask Nathan

Hi Nathan, I read through the FAQs and could not find the answer to this question, so I am hoping it is all right for me to ask it here. If I want to publish under a specific pen name (because my real name is hard to pronounce and much too common) and have been using that pen name on the Internet f...
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 12:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How many projects do you work on at once?
Replies: 38
Views: 10299

Re: How many projects do you work on at once?

I'm a definite one-at-a-time kind of person.
by Nathan Bransford
December 7th, 2009, 11:49 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?
Replies: 37
Views: 7919

Re: Writing. What's your favorite part? Your Hardest Lesson?

I've heard people say that they hate writing but love having written. I wouldn't say I hate it, but I find it really difficult. I love having a finished work even though it's always really tough to get there.

My hardest lesson was slowing down.