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by dgaughran
October 1st, 2010, 11:05 am
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis - AMÉRICA! - historical fiction
Replies: 5
Views: 1727

Re: Synopsis - AMÉRICA! - historical fiction

Hi Clara, I hear what you're saying, but there are seven main characters in this novel, making it difficult to write a query and synopsis for, without being misleading. On the last round of submissions I focussed only on San Martin (as he is the link between them all, draws them all together), but s...
by dgaughran
October 1st, 2010, 6:49 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2787

Re: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

Thank you for the comments, I think the second version is better myself.

Dave
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 6:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Things I wish I'd been told when I started
Replies: 27
Views: 5088

Re: Things I wish I'd been told when I started

...that you will never read a book the same way ever again.

Oh for that simple pleasure once more.
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 5:52 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41257

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Down the well wrote:
dgaughran wrote:Catalina Flores de la Peña's tongue got her in more trouble than any other part of her body, even though there were far more likely candidates.
Excellent. :)
It goes downhill from there, but very, very slowly.
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 5:17 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Share your opening sentence!
Replies: 236
Views: 41257

Re: Share your opening sentence!

Catalina Flores de la Peña's tongue got her in more trouble than any other part of her body, even though there were far more likely candidates.
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 2:15 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2787

Re: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

Hi, Thanks for commenting, I'll need some time to go through your thoughts, there's a lot to consider there. Here's the version of the query without the time-jumps (and for the poster who asked, the original query was basically just the 3rd para - San Martin meeting Bolivar - and the two agents comp...
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 7:11 am
Forum: Synopses and Plot Outlines
Topic: Synopsis - AMÉRICA! - historical fiction
Replies: 5
Views: 1727

Synopsis - AMÉRICA! - historical fiction

Hi all, I've read Nathan's guidelines above. I'm new to this forum (but have been reading the blog for some time). I haven't critiqued anybody's queries so far, but have begun answering some questions in the other parts of the forum, and if anyone needs any advice on submitting to UK agents, they ca...
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 7:05 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction
Replies: 21
Views: 2787

AMÉRICA! - Query - Historical Fiction

REVISED QUERY ON PAGE 2 Hi all, I've read Nathan's guidelines above. I'm new to this forum (but have been reading the blog for some time). I haven't critiqued anybody's queries so far, but have begun answering some questions in the other parts of the forum, and if anyone needs any advice on submitt...
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 6:58 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: UK versus US Queries
Replies: 2
Views: 934

Re: UK versus US Queries

In my last round of submissions, I queried both UK and US agents (I am Irish but my story my appeal more to an American agent/audience), and there can be substantial differences that are worth keeping in mind, and it's really all about research. Some worth noting about UK agents: * Some agents do no...
by dgaughran
September 29th, 2010, 6:41 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 19667

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

My friend is a web-designer, so he knocked me up a snazzy website for next to nothing http://davidgaughran.com/ . I think it's a useful tool, and can only show the agent that you are professional and serious, and considering the amount of crazies who submit, that can be no bad thing. I have a brief ...