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by Shipple
December 22nd, 2012, 1:49 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: 'The Eyes Have It' urban fantasy query - Revised 11/9/12
Replies: 12
Views: 5788

Re: 'The Eyes Have It' urban fantasy query - Revised 11/9/12

Hi Tom, I owe you a critique on your query since you left me a helpful comment on mine. Dear (agent name here): Sixteen-year-old Paul Timmins’ new contact lenses cause him to see a single eight-inch ghostly maggot clinging to each unknowing human host. As his eyes adjust, his vision also reveals inh...
by Shipple
December 22nd, 2012, 11:26 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Sports Fiction: Is there any point?
Replies: 5
Views: 10372

Re: Sports Fiction: Is there any point?

Now, obviously, I know nothing about your books, but have you considered trying to pitch them more as a, say, chick lit type series only with a setting of Rugby? That may not appeal to you at all, but I just thought I'd mention it b/c I've definitely seen rugby in some series romances, but, of cours...
by Shipple
December 22nd, 2012, 11:17 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query - MG Fantasy
Replies: 5
Views: 1725

Query - MG Fantasy

Alright, so I have received some wonderful feedback on my query in these forums, but in my last post I kept debating between two different queries, and I think it got confusing for all of you (and me). Now I've settled on the one I'm sending out, and I just want a fresh start (boy, wouldn't we all l...
by Shipple
December 21st, 2012, 7:48 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Females Dominate in YA?
Replies: 4
Views: 2658

Females Dominate in YA?

I remember that there was a recent article about women authors dominating in YA (I believe Nathan also either linked to it or mentioned it, but I couldn't find his blog post), but I was recently directed to this article: http://ufkidlit.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/the-nyt-best-seller-lists-and-gender-d...
by Shipple
December 20th, 2012, 9:09 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: YA Query—FB
Replies: 5
Views: 1874

Re: YA Query—FB

Hey there, Taylor, I think wilderness is right. This is a well-written, really interesting sounding premise, but there may be issues with using Facebook rather than some made up social media site. And I just wanted to tell you, I actually avoided looking at this query for a while b/c I have a viscer...
by Shipple
December 20th, 2012, 8:53 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: What's your best social media site?
Replies: 12
Views: 9614

Re: What's your best social media site?

For me, in order of use (estimated): 1) Tumblr 2) My blog 3) This forum 4) Goodreads 5) You Tube (although I don't actually interact much, just watch videos) 6) Literary Rambles blog - awesome for YA/MG writers in search of an agent 7) Facebook (b/c it's mandatory these days, don't yah know). I coul...
by Shipple
December 20th, 2012, 8:44 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: For all you Austen Fans - a Vlog series
Replies: 1
Views: 2593

Re: For all you Austen Fans - a Vlog series

Also, this series is really interesting b/c it has actually turned Lydia into a very likable, understandable character (although some people will find her to be super annoying). So, in that way, it's actually different (and better??) than the book (although perhaps that was purposeful in the book so...
by Shipple
December 20th, 2012, 8:39 am
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: For all you Austen Fans - a Vlog series
Replies: 1
Views: 2593

For all you Austen Fans - a Vlog series

I debated putting this in All Things Books vs. All Things Procrastination, but since I spent the last few days religiously watching these I went with Procrastination. There is an awesome vlog out there called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It's pretty popular, so some of you may already know (and love) ...
by Shipple
December 16th, 2012, 12:04 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Great American Novel (not that I'm going to write it)
Replies: 7
Views: 3063

Re: The Great American Novel (not that I'm going to write it)

I just came up with a good middle aged book for you (not that you need one other than Death of a Salesman, but if you're looking for any alternatives) - "Babbitt". Goes well with skewering the middle class lifestyle of Catcher in the Rye. Although I'm not sure if that works for the Great American no...
by Shipple
December 15th, 2012, 7:49 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Anagrams of your name
Replies: 9
Views: 5352

Re: Anagrams of your name

Oooo, now I think I"m going to start looking for a pen name that's an anagram. That sounds like fun. Although I'll probably stop when all I've come up with is Shara (from Sarah, of course) and my head's hurting.
by Shipple
December 15th, 2012, 7:35 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Sports Fiction: Is there any point?
Replies: 5
Views: 10372

Re: Sports Fiction: Is there any point?

Hi Miltongs, This is COMPLETELY my own opinion (and it may be wrong), but we just don't know rugby in the U.S. It's not a sport we follow, and we don't know its rules. We know it's kinda like football but with a bigger ball (American football, of course). I'm familiar with the fact that it can be a ...
by Shipple
December 15th, 2012, 7:23 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 336273

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

Typically I post about writing (it's a writing blog, after all), but my last post actually features a drawing I did of a dragon b/c I'm very proud of it (the post before that, though, was about revisions). But my dragon is part seahorse, part dragonfly, and part lizard, which I think is a pretty unu...
by Shipple
December 15th, 2012, 7:10 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: The Great American Novel (not that I'm going to write it)
Replies: 7
Views: 3063

Re: The Great American Novel (not that I'm going to write it)

Even though it's a movie, I'd like to suggest replacing "The Great Gatsby" with "The Graduate." I empathized a lot more with The Graduate than Gatsby, although if you want to hit the 1920s as an era, Gatsby would make more sense. Plus, I see Holden going from Catcher to The Graduate a lot better tha...
by Shipple
December 15th, 2012, 6:23 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: FINISHED
Replies: 8
Views: 2797

Re: FINISHED

Some people find it really helpful to do a quick, full read-through before even starting the editing process. Then you can get a better picture of how you have things paced and what parts need the most work. It's also helpful to take a few notes while you're doing the read-through. One thing I did o...
by Shipple
November 19th, 2012, 8:45 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: MG Science fiction - 12 o'clock - Revised
Replies: 9
Views: 2238

Re: QUERY: MG Science fiction - 12 o'clock - Revised

So I read through both queries and agree that the first one is better. I say this because the second query doesn't achieve the same tone or interest with the intro sentence and because the second query had me going "Wait, what?" several times. The first query seemed much more consistent in tone and ...