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by Mark.W.Carson
July 21st, 2012, 3:58 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Ebook
Replies: 5
Views: 1346

Re: Ebook

Selling is not the issue. The Copyright (right, not write) lets the owner of that right dictate how it can be distributed. If you do so outside of that dictate, you are breaking the law, and the lawsuit can be quite substantial. I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice, but what you plan to d...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 21st, 2012, 9:27 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Quest for a Queen
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: Quest for a Queen

I have not had a chance (the time, really) to look at the second one in enough depth, but THAT is a query. The first one, not so much :). Some notes: Quest for A Queen is a mid-grade historical fiction novel, complete at approximately 40,000 words with potential for a three-book series. I am sending...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 21st, 2012, 9:21 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Quest for a Queen
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: Quest for a Queen

Queries are not an extension of your story. The first one reads like it is a page out of one. Agents are busy and don't want to have to guess what you want to tell them. They reject hundreds of queries a day. Make it easy and yours will be in the pile marked for deletion. Start with a hook, lead in ...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 21st, 2012, 8:56 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: At the can't-look-at-my-book phase
Replies: 9
Views: 1517

Re: At the can't-look-at-my-book phase

There's a reason why some people recommend taking a break between a finished draft and more edits. Your mind needs a break. I'm about three weeks into my break, and I'm actually eager to jump back, but I won't. For one, I've learned a few more things, and written a short story in the meantime, and m...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 20th, 2012, 1:35 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: The Remnant: revised query
Replies: 7
Views: 1581

Re: The Remnant: revised query

Elbow, You're making this read too much like a page in your book. A query needs to be short, concise, give the pertinent facts and that's it. Who is this about, what is the topic and inciting incident/conflict, and the antagonist(s) should be the central focus. Don't get lost in too much detail. Thi...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 18th, 2012, 9:27 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tears
Replies: 28
Views: 3558

Re: Tears

You want to talk about tears...

go on youtube and type "Breaking Benjamin Give Me a Sign" and see if you can keep your eyes dry watching the video :)
by Mark.W.Carson
July 16th, 2012, 7:20 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 81113

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

Congratulations.
by Mark.W.Carson
July 15th, 2012, 11:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Tears
Replies: 28
Views: 3558

Re: Tears

I usually don't mind taking people along on a sad journey, though I hate to end on one. There will definitely be a place in my story for people going "WHY?" and crying. I do tend to try and bring things up a bit before the last page.
by Mark.W.Carson
July 11th, 2012, 9:41 am
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 140353

Re: What are you reading now?

Amanda,

I have not read your review just yet, but I did just read the blurb on Amazon. Tell me this is not a weak attempt to be Ender's Game.
by Mark.W.Carson
July 11th, 2012, 9:22 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 17677

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

I looked over most of them. Some I'll have to look at again. Sadly, I am not convinced of any as of yet (any non paranormal/supernatural are getting axed immediately, if only because I'm trying to go for something as a comparison, and I'm avoiding direct dystopian or other time periods for the same ...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 10th, 2012, 2:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 17677

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

Here's to hoping. We all THINK we have, don't we? The question becomes, is this story, the one that has been rattling in my head since the late 1990s, good enough to do that? I mean, I find it compelling. I liked it enough to have it keep my interest for over a decade. It's the story that made me wa...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 10th, 2012, 2:07 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 17677

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

Sigh...

I still hope that I can have a stand out among those. There are so few books already with a male MC in that realm. I would hate to have no shot after all this work.
by Mark.W.Carson
July 10th, 2012, 11:17 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 17677

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

I'll have to figure out a good time to bug you about your thoughts on my story in more depth some time, then.
by Mark.W.Carson
July 10th, 2012, 10:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 17677

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

Wow, Quite thorough. I realize I am not the intended audience, but the "SAMENESS" of it really seems to be such a drag. They are the same story but the names are changed. I will, however, look at the list you sent and see if I can find something I like. However, this now makes me wonder how my story...
by Mark.W.Carson
July 10th, 2012, 2:16 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Coffee Shop - JULY
Replies: 110
Views: 17677

Re: The Coffee Shop - JULY

Congrats Brenda,

and BLARGH. I can't find a decent YA book that doesn't read like "Textbook paranormal girl who doesn't want to be noticed finds AMAZING BEAUTIFUL BOY"