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by amyashley
August 28th, 2010, 1:04 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: WHAT A PAINE! Take 2
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: WHAT A PAINE! Take 2

Andrewauthor, thank you. MOPS= Mothers of Preschoolers Most of my target market would recognize this term BOPS= made up name in book meant to sound horrible and made fun of people who work there are referred to as BOPpers will change the martial arts thing as it makes more sense. make edits later. L...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 10:52 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: WHAT A PAINE! Take 2
Replies: 3
Views: 901

WHAT A PAINE! Take 2

Second try. Probably won't work on this again for a while because DH has a few days off so I can FINISH the book instead. Besides, although I have gotten some helpful feedback, people who are simply critical put me in a foul temper and it isn't great for writing about a frigging HUMOROUS BOOK. I do ...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 6:15 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Multimedia or Straight Text?
Replies: 20
Views: 4135

Re: Multimedia or Straight Text?

Both. I think having more choices is wonderful! There are some truly beautiful books out there that I would hate to see disappear entirely. I don't think paper page books will ever die. However, I am a devoted Kindle owner for a number of reasons, and I love reading my fiction of all genres on it. I...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 5:59 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Urban Fantasy WHAT A PAINE!
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Re: Urban Fantasy WHAT A PAINE!

Thanks oldhousejunkie, on length. I will rework this some more. I think there is entirely too many questions about her job and who she is, and that is NOT the focus of the book at ALL. This gets covered in the first chapter and then it is over. It's difficult to condense in a query, however. I don't...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 4:08 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Urban Fantasy WHAT A PAINE!
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Re: Urban Fantasy WHAT A PAINE!

Rewritten Dear Agent, Reece is your normal urban mom. She likes chocolate, loves to shop, and is firmly convinced her mother in law is Satan. She freelances for her former full-time employer while doing diaper duty at home. Reece is also a vampire. As an Interpreter for BOPS (The Bureau of Paranorma...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 3:11 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Urban Fantasy Female Reader 20-40 yrs old
Replies: 2
Views: 1452

Re: Urban Fantasy Female Reader 20-40 yrs old

This sounds excellent! Your book sounds like something I would enjoy reading, and I will probably want a break before I sit down to work on the last tidbits of website and agent searching. I am estimating I have about 2 weeks of writing left. I am NOT reading anything right now, because I am so focu...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 3:02 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Urban Fantasy WHAT A PAINE!
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Urban Fantasy WHAT A PAINE!

I posted this in Nathan's forum as well. I am about 4 chapters from finished so making final edits and working on the query so it is ready to send out! Word count is still a guess. Just looking for some input. Thanks!! Dear Agent, When Reece Paine’s week starts to flip into the foul side of freaky, ...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 2:57 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Jade's Hurricane: 6th try
Replies: 9
Views: 1685

Re: Jade's Hurricane: 6th try

Dear Mr. _________ I’ve come across your name since you represent “XXX” by YYYY. I researched your profile on WWWW and I believe this book might be of your interest. Jade should control her element taming powers, but it’s often the other way around. When she embarks on a training training what?train...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 2:51 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How do you get yourself to write?
Replies: 40
Views: 12399

Re: How do you get yourself to write?

I do NOT have chunks of time, or if I do they are very rare! I have three kids, 4 and under as well as many health problems that sap a tremendous amount of energy, and give me a great deal of pain. I've learned to type in 2-5 minute increments, with one or two fingers, and to work out plot points in...
by amyashley
August 27th, 2010, 2:22 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: 142201

Re: Nominate Your Query for a Critique on the Blog

Dear Agent, A vampire mama craving chocolate, coffee, and retail discounts more than blood, Reece Paine isn’t eager to disclose her status. What would the neighbors think? Hubby’s a demon, her toddler flies, but life in the Paine house is red-blooded American. They sleep in on Saturday and have spag...
by amyashley
August 25th, 2010, 2:54 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 24152

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

I have a domain and am working at building a site slowly with a web designer who is my uncle. He is a pro, although not into fancy stuff. There are many things on my to-do list at the moment, so I am taking things slowly, but I feel having a web presence can't hurt. I think it is important to consid...
by amyashley
August 25th, 2010, 1:02 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Number Four! Query for "Devin Briar"
Replies: 5
Views: 1435

Re: Number Four! Query for "Devin Briar"

Doug, I like this one a LOT. I think it is very very close. I stick with my original advice of printing it out and taping it to YOUR wall or to YOUR fridge. I would bear in mind that you are a good critic as well as us. Asking other authors is not always the best route to getting the best critique. ...
by amyashley
August 24th, 2010, 12:19 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Urban Fantasy Female Reader 20-40 yrs old
Replies: 2
Views: 1452

Urban Fantasy Female Reader 20-40 yrs old

I am looking for a beta in my target audience who normally reads this type of fiction. I am NOT looking for someone who will edit my work. I have two editors, who will be reading the manuscript separately. Beta may or may not be getting the MS after editing depending on her schedule, so they need to...
by amyashley
August 21st, 2010, 1:23 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: MC "hijacking" query?
Replies: 14
Views: 3790

Re: MC "hijacking" query?

Literary agents will not assume you are a sane person. Wait, we are supposed to be SANE ? I have to admit that the idea of writing a first-person query is appealing. My book is written in first-person and it felt odd to do the query differently. I have to agree that it's a gimmick, and it is a busi...
by amyashley
August 20th, 2010, 4:52 pm
Forum: Connect With a Critique Partner
Topic: Seeking Spec Fic Partner
Replies: 1
Views: 1345

Re: Seeking Spec Fic Partner

If you are still interested, I am glad to read, critique, or whatever. I do not do grammar editing, I have someone for that. I have a current MS that will need a good beta read and critique in about one month. It is lacking the last 5 chapters and my editing. I have two others reading for editing (g...