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by djf881
August 1st, 2010, 8:01 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 339251

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

This week, I did a lengthy series of posts built around the top ten reasons why e-books will not replace conventional books. I also recently did a funny post about Facebook's attempts to identify dead users, so it can avoid inviting you to reconnect with them. http://somethingpersuasive.blogspot.com
by djf881
August 1st, 2010, 7:58 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The 75% Rule
Replies: 11
Views: 2721

Re: The 75% Rule

The difference between a query with 25% request rate and a 75% request rate is not the quality of the letter. If there was something wrong with the letter, 25% of agents wouldn't be requesting materials. Most authors who get agents do not have a 75% request ratio; if they did, every author who gets ...
by djf881
July 31st, 2010, 6:40 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: No Hill Without Treasure - Query *NEW*
Replies: 14
Views: 2274

Re: No Hill Without Treasure - Query

This sounds like it's a cool idea, but there are a lot of problems with this letter and that may be why you're not getting positive responses. I don't want to be harsh, but you have to do better. There are some logic issues with the way you relay the story; you don't fully establish the causes and e...
by djf881
July 31st, 2010, 2:55 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?
Replies: 21
Views: 3600

Re: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?

The first part is the hard rule I dealt with through all my schooling. Said is unnecessary, since the character is obviously speaking. And changing said to whispered, coughed, hacked, etc, et. al, don't make the tag any better. OT, a bit, but how many of you guys read your dialogue out loud? I do w...
by djf881
July 30th, 2010, 7:21 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: likeability factor (Mad Men)
Replies: 14
Views: 4822

Re: likeability factor (Mad Men)

People who are well-established and successful can do things that unproven people cannot. Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men" was an executive producer on "Sopranos," so he came with a lot of credibility. Also keep in mind that these complex and nuanced portrayals tend to show up on cable. Netw...
by djf881
July 30th, 2010, 6:18 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?
Replies: 21
Views: 3600

Re: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?

I use a combination of action and character 'voice' and cannot, in all honesty, think of a time I have ever used dialogue tags. Not using them was drilled into me when I was maybe nine years old at a young writer's conference. YMMV. The reader experiences a "he said" as an almost transparent constr...
by djf881
July 30th, 2010, 5:14 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?
Replies: 21
Views: 3600

Re: Tips for Dialogue Among Multiple Characters?

It can be very confusing for the reader when a lot of people are talking. I'd really suggest you avoid setting up a situation where there are more than three active participants in a conversation; there can be more people present, but most of them should not say much. Think about dinner parties and ...
by djf881
April 24th, 2010, 10:23 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Does the query system work? An analysis
Replies: 11
Views: 2341

Re: Does the query system work? An analysis

How does a writer show these things to an agent? Again as a Tyrannical ruler of this post I will preach thusly: The BEST way to do this is to read the MS, back to front, no question about it. Putting aside the feasibility of this for a moment there can be no better way. Now, retrieving my feasibili...
by djf881
April 24th, 2010, 3:14 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Does the query system work? An analysis
Replies: 11
Views: 2341

Re: Does the query system work? An analysis

Well, I disagree. This is probably true for those writers who subscribe to the 'pour on the action from the get-go' theory of writing which seems to be in fashion these days, but there are also writers who are quite good who like to take things slow and easy. It is not at all easy for this type of ...
by djf881
April 23rd, 2010, 7:30 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Does the query system work? An analysis
Replies: 11
Views: 2341

Re: Does the query system work? An analysis

If you're a poor writer, it really doesn't take a lengthy writing sample for you to demonstrate that you're not ready for prime-time. The query letter provides enough information for agents to reject most submissions. If your query has clunky prose, awkward sentence structure, passive voice or poor ...
by djf881
February 26th, 2010, 6:18 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 97570

Re: Rejection Stats

d minus, you have me extremely curious about this mean personalized rejection. I'm going to go out on a limb here and ask if you would share it with us (sans any identifying information, of course). Sorry if I'm being forward, but I'm just too curious. That definintely sounds like a kick in the tee...
by djf881
January 21st, 2010, 1:40 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?
Replies: 63
Views: 8804

Re: The literary agent is also a practicing author - say what?

Ideas are easy. Writing a book is difficult. If you're querying a novel, then you should have a complete, polished manuscript. In order to steal our idea, then the agent must write a whole new book based on the same concept before you secure representation for your novel. If you are concerned this w...
by djf881
January 16th, 2010, 5:38 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: My Query For Critique
Replies: 8
Views: 1493

Re: My Query For Critique

Dear Ms. Hard Toplease I wrote a novel that I hope is right for you. My story fits into the category of one of your favorite genres, magical realism, and it contains many of the elements that you enjoy. The story is a 40,725 word YA fantasy adventure entitled Beyond Blackwater Pond, that takes plac...
by djf881
January 16th, 2010, 5:21 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do I need an Agent
Replies: 8
Views: 1843

Re: Do I need an Agent

Publish America is a well-known scam. They market themselves as a real publisher, but their business model is about bilking you. They take your rights, dedicate no resources to you, wrap your book in a clip-art cover, and sell it back to you at $40 per copy. They provide no marketing and no bookstor...
by djf881
December 20th, 2009, 11:53 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query help - Gothic - REVISED
Replies: 16
Views: 4289

Re: Query help - Gothic

DJF881, You are correct that agents must make assumptions based on the query. Nathan could probably expand on that. I am trying to be polite and encouraging, because I do think you've got the potential for a cool story. But these are the facts: Agents can hack through about 50 queries in half an ho...