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by dgaughran
November 13th, 2010, 7:36 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 20515

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

I actually think it's unprofessional to have a website all about your unpublished works in progress, acting as if they're already published books or heavily trying to market them, etc. Sorry, I can't let this comment slide. You think it's unprofessional to have a website about your unpublished work...
by dgaughran
November 3rd, 2010, 8:55 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How often do you read your manuscript?
Replies: 22
Views: 6736

Re: How often do you read your manuscript?

Ah yes but that's cheating!!

Even when I get as far as the editing stage, I still print out the pages and work it up by hand. It's slower, a lot slower, but, for me at least, the quality is a lot higher.
by dgaughran
November 3rd, 2010, 8:09 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Querying UK Agents?
Replies: 14
Views: 17135

Re: Querying UK Agents?

Most UK agents accept worldwide submissions. However, as many agents now switch over to accepting e-mail submissions (they are quite a bit behind the US: many agencies - and almost all of the old, established names - insist on postal submissions), I have noticed a trend where some agents are startin...
by dgaughran
November 3rd, 2010, 7:57 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Has an agent gotten your name wrong?
Replies: 6
Views: 1550

Re: Has an agent gotten your name wrong?

It happens. No big deal.

Now, when they get the title of your manuscript wrong, that leads to some questions...
by dgaughran
October 23rd, 2010, 4:52 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: How often do you read your manuscript?
Replies: 22
Views: 6736

Re: How often do you read your manuscript?

Every day. I write everything with pen and paper first going over whatever chapter(s) I am working on that day until I am happy. The next morning, I always type up what I wrote the day before, to get my brain into writing again, and a lot of editing gets done at this point. Sometimes I will print th...
by dgaughran
October 21st, 2010, 6:32 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Conferences: credibility, and finding the right one
Replies: 2
Views: 1164

Re: Conferences: credibility, and finding the right one

I'll share a personal experience of conferences, which might help sway the undecideds. I went to my first conference in March, The Festival of Writing in York, England http://www.festivalofwriting.com/ . It was a conference purely aimed at unpublished writers. I was really unsure about whether to go...
by dgaughran
October 16th, 2010, 1:56 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 14317

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

I rarely read anything twice, but two books I keep returning to are:

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
Birds Without Wings - Louis de Bernières
by dgaughran
October 16th, 2010, 7:24 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: US or UK agent
Replies: 1
Views: 1036

Re: US or UK agent

It's a tricky question to answer without knowing more. Given a choice of top agents in either country, which would you go for? There is no harm submitting a batch of queries to both countries, testing the water, and seeing what comes back. I am in a similar position. I'm an Irish writer, and initial...
by dgaughran
October 12th, 2010, 7:06 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2880

Re: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

Hey Quill, It's about both - the adventures of the seven (one of which is San Martin, all of which come together one way or another because of him) - culminating in the meeting with Bolivar. 2 movies for the price of one! But on a serious note, it has been a juggling act trying to keep at all togeth...
by dgaughran
October 8th, 2010, 9:26 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Agents in Other Countries
Replies: 10
Views: 4732

Re: Agents in Other Countries

Which countries are you interested in? For the UK/Ireland the Writers & Artists Yearbook is indispensable. Comprehensive listing of all UK/Irish agents (with genres/submission guidelines/contact details etc.) and a ton of helpful articles. If you don't want to buy the book, they have a search facili...
by dgaughran
October 8th, 2010, 9:15 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2880

Re: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

Quill: The anonymous was there because he actually retired to France to avoid getting drawn into the Argentine civil war that followed independence. Not sure if it is redundant or not. I had "anonymous farmer in France" before. Not sure what is best. Regarding the meeting, it's an interesting and ex...
by dgaughran
October 7th, 2010, 5:20 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2880

Re: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

Thanks to everyone who has commented so far - very helpful. The latest version is below. I have moved away from the chronological version again (trying this one more time!), and tried to put the dramatic 'non-fiction' hook at the beginning of the query, that some people seem to respond to. I have tr...
by dgaughran
October 7th, 2010, 5:13 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2880

Re: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

This probably won't make much of a difference, but I recall Bransford saying he doesn't want to know how you researched the novel. Yeah, I am in two minds about that bit, but I agree, don't think it makes too much difference. I am querying both UK and US agents, UK agents definitely want that kind ...
by dgaughran
October 5th, 2010, 7:24 pm
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis - AMÉRICA! - historical fiction
Replies: 5
Views: 1821

Re: Synopsis - AMÉRICA! - historical fiction

Thanks Clara you have given me a lot to consider.

Dave
by dgaughran
October 5th, 2010, 7:22 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2880

Re: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

Thanks for all the advice - very helpful - a lot to consider!

Dave