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by airball
May 27th, 2011, 3:40 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: THE ENEMY WITHIN (Historical Fiction): New Version - Page 3
Replies: 41
Views: 6389

Re: New Query: THE ENEMY WITHIN (Historical Fiction)

When her father is murdered by Union soldiers in 1862 Kentucky, nineteen-year-old Julienne Dalton is left an orphan with a ruined horse farm. She struggles to restore the family’s thoroughbred business, but when the opportunity to join a ring of Confederate agents arises, she gladly seizes it. Help...
by airball
May 18th, 2011, 5:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: When do you revise your MS?
Replies: 9
Views: 1236

Re: When do you revise your MS?

Times like these you have to follow what you think is right. Were those doubts about your MS there all along and did this finally yank it out? See, I think this is it. There is a key moment when our protagonist figured out who didn't do it. In one fell-swoop the red herrings were gone, leaving only...
by airball
May 17th, 2011, 12:55 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chances are, you won't get rich.
Replies: 12
Views: 2229

Re: Chances are, you won't get rich.

'We all dream of this kind of a boon.' Do we? Chances are you won't get rich in any endeavor. But people do. If quiet, literary, pretty customary and run of the mill is what you aspire to, you may get it, but are unlikely to get more. I strive to avoid either reading or writing quiet, literary, pre...
by airball
May 17th, 2011, 10:32 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: When do you revise your MS?
Replies: 9
Views: 1236

When do you revise your MS?

Hi All, So I've only been querying agents for my historical mystery for a couple of weeks now and so far, so good. Twelve queries, three requests for partials, two fulls, one form rejection. I just received a very brief rejection on one of my fulls. :( The explanation was that while the agent liked ...
by airball
May 15th, 2011, 10:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Chances are, you won't get rich.
Replies: 12
Views: 2229

Chances are, you won't get rich.

I imagine this has already been discussed here, but I came across a blog post that breaks down the (sobering) numbers for those of us who think that writing is a way out of their crappy job. Full post is http://mandyhubbard.livejournal.com/249542.html?thread=2474182 , but here is most of it. -------...
by airball
May 14th, 2011, 10:15 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97699

Re: Rejection Stats

Ready to puke here. One of the agents who requested a partial liked what I sent, and asked for a full. She's said she'll have an answer for me on Monday. Hoo-boy. I'm not surprised at all. I remember your query. Your novel sounds really cool. Good luck! And that is a really fast turn around. I wish...
by airball
May 14th, 2011, 2:32 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97699

Re: Rejection Stats

Ready to puke here.

One of the agents who requested a partial liked what I sent, and asked for a full. She's said she'll have an answer for me on Monday.

Hoo-boy.
by airball
May 11th, 2011, 12:46 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: First Person Synopsis
Replies: 2
Views: 1032

Re: First Person Synopsis

Agree with DTW (as always!). The one suggestion I would offer is that you try writing it "in character" as it were. How would your protagonist describe it in the third person? I found that early drafts of my synopsis seemed clinical, and even the most critical plot points lacked drama. Then I tried ...
by airball
May 11th, 2011, 12:42 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97699

Re: Rejection Stats

CafeCliche wrote:Conference season is in full-swing, so my inbox has been pretty quiet lately!
This means something, right?

Forgive me, I am ignorant.
by airball
May 11th, 2011, 12:22 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97699

Re: Rejection Stats

Well, I just joined the gang headed down this road.

Queries sent: 10
Rejections: 0
Partial requests: 2
Full requests: 1
Waiting on: 7

How, exactly, do you keep from going totally insane while you wait?

airball

My first full! My first full!
by airball
May 6th, 2011, 11:14 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Revised: Statute of Treasons - Synopsis (30% fewer words)
Replies: 3
Views: 3024

NEW!! Statute of Treasons - Synopsis (Now with 30% fewer wor

Okay, chopped a plot line and jazzed up the lingo to make it less of a "And then, and then, and then," and more suspenseful as I hope the book is. Also just got a request for a synopsis and a partial, so the stakes just went up! ------------------------------ It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have...
by airball
May 5th, 2011, 11:47 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Revised: Statute of Treasons - Synopsis (30% fewer words)
Replies: 3
Views: 3024

Revised: Statute of Treasons - Synopsis (30% fewer words)

Edit: This is the synopsis for my WIP, Statute of Treasons , a 85k word historical mystery. Thanks in advance for your feedback! airball ---------------------------------- It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. As the suburbs burn, midwife...
by airball
May 4th, 2011, 11:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Panic at the finish line approaches
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

Re: Panic at the finish line approaches

As I sit here, I feel panic welling up inside and I'm on the verge of tears. I don't know if I'm afraid of the coming rejection, suddenly having doubts about the quality of my work, or both... Has anyone else felt this way? I can relate one hundred percent. I got a full request from a recent pitch ...
by airball
May 4th, 2011, 12:13 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Panic at the finish line approaches
Replies: 10
Views: 2446

Panic at the finish line approaches

Hey, topic #1000! Anyway, I'm within shouting distance of wrapping up my final (for now) revision and polish of my WIP. (I know it will likely need more work, but I'm this close to sending out queries. As I sit here, I feel panic welling up inside and I'm on the verge of tears. I don't know if I'm a...
by airball
November 4th, 2010, 1:19 pm
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 213
Views: 120382

Re: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog

Dear Mr. Bransford, It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels’ hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget’s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convict...