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by Amanda Elizabeth
June 22nd, 2012, 12:05 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Untitled Query - YA Fantasy (REWRITTEN 9/8/12)
Replies: 9
Views: 3279

Re: Untitled Query - YA Fantasy

Ohhhh I got you now! Thanks!
by Amanda Elizabeth
June 21st, 2012, 2:41 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Untitled Query - YA Fantasy (REWRITTEN 9/8/12)
Replies: 9
Views: 3279

Re: Untitled Query - YA Fantasy

Thank you guys! Finally get around to this--I've been busy editing and then letting it all cool off for a while. wilderness, about asking for more specifics: If you wanted me to answer all of the questions you have listed, the query would be extremely long. Does it not come across that Leviathan (an...
by Amanda Elizabeth
June 21st, 2012, 1:49 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The personalized touch in queries
Replies: 9
Views: 12205

The personalized touch in queries

I've been reading how each query letter should be personalized to the agent you're sending it to. Does this mean mention of their clients recent work? Where you found their name?
by Amanda Elizabeth
June 14th, 2012, 6:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Weird Writing Habits
Replies: 31
Views: 5564

Re: Weird Writing Habits

I can only write in the middle of the night in total darkness. Sometimes I will play background music like Alexander Desplat and Carter Burwell, but I often write in silence.
by Amanda Elizabeth
June 3rd, 2012, 9:53 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The guilt of being a non-published fiction writer
Replies: 16
Views: 5391

Re: The guilt of being a non-published fiction writer

I never really thought about it before. I have a day job (read: need health insurance) but if it comes up I tell people I'm writing a book (I don't really consider myself a "writer" yet for some reason). Of course, I live in L.A. where 99% of the population is a struggling "insert job here." I get m...
by Amanda Elizabeth
June 1st, 2012, 7:40 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Supernatural Query
Replies: 16
Views: 2228

Re: YA Supernatural Query

I can only speak for myself but my comment is directly related to your query. The suicide is a reason a lot of agents wouldn't even bother to read your attached pages. They need to feel comfortable repping a book with that kind of material and they also need to consider if they can in turn sell that...
by Amanda Elizabeth
June 1st, 2012, 2:30 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Supernatural Query
Replies: 16
Views: 2228

Re: YA Supernatural Query

With education and training in psychology I can't even begin to tell you the massive number of people who are greatly offended using teen suicide to lead into how a kid goes to hell, especially with the issues of bullying in today's society. Maybe instead of the act of killing himself he finds anoth...
by Amanda Elizabeth
June 1st, 2012, 2:21 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Revised: ACEA AND THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
Replies: 10
Views: 2132

Re: Revised: ACEA AND THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

I can't help but get the image of a zoo out of my head once you mention it. Is it really a zoo with cages and all? Because that for me takes the danger out. I would change dad to father since you're going for fantasy. If it's supposed to be dark and mysterious, the sentences should be spun that way ...
by Amanda Elizabeth
May 30th, 2012, 4:09 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Tumblr vs. Blogger
Replies: 6
Views: 4883

Re: Tumblr vs. Blogger

I find tumblr has a very specific niche market because it's a microblog and more of a "community" and you're very limited unless you know code really well. I've never used Blogger -- I've been a loyal WordPress user for years and years now. Now in fairness, I've hosted my own WP blogs myself with my...
by Amanda Elizabeth
May 25th, 2012, 10:19 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Over the line?
Replies: 18
Views: 2683

Re: Over the line?

I think the graphic violence in some YA books is more disturbing than that one line. I'm glad you're keeping it :)
by Amanda Elizabeth
May 25th, 2012, 12:28 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Is okay to review books?
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Is okay to review books?

I've had a regular blog for years, but a few months ago realized I needed to separate the writing aspect from the I'm-Living-In-L.A. aspect of my life. I've also been reviewing books, which is the post of this post: Is it appropriate to have book reviews on there if I'm going to be letting potential...
by Amanda Elizabeth
May 24th, 2012, 11:42 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Over the line?
Replies: 18
Views: 2683

Re: Over the line?

I think it's pretty funny :lol: A little TMI but really, some younger kids may not even understand what she's referring to.
by Amanda Elizabeth
May 24th, 2012, 8:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Over the line?
Replies: 18
Views: 2683

Re: Over the line?

It would be easier to help if you could provide the sentence. I'm not sure if you've read any of the mortal instruments books by Cassandra Clare, but she has some pretty steamy scenes.
by Amanda Elizabeth
May 24th, 2012, 1:16 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: THE FIRST 22: Historical Fantasy
Replies: 5
Views: 1195

Re: THE FIRST 22: Historical Fantasy

It sounds like a really interesting story! I don't want to make specific suggestions to format because I'm horrible with punctuation, but I think there are some errors. I think cleaning that aspect up will make it flow better.
by Amanda Elizabeth
May 24th, 2012, 1:03 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Finding legit writer's groups?
Replies: 6
Views: 1138

Re: Finding legit writer's groups?

Thanks so much guys! I did find one on meet up. Some of the others charged a membership fee and I was kind of not cool with that.