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by commando8
July 21st, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: How many people do you query?
Replies: 21
Views: 3711

Re: How many people do you query?

For a good lesson/story/reminder on this, please see my post is this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=910&start=110

Small batches really are the key, no matter the circumstance!
by commando8
July 12th, 2010, 2:59 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Rejection Stats
Replies: 227
Views: 96006

Re: Rejection Stats

Good lesson for all: Had a list of 40 agents to query, arranged from most desirable to least. I began by querying the first and the last. The next day, got a request for a partial from the first! So what do I do? I send the partial and then proceed to bomb every other agency on the list. After all, ...
by commando8
April 1st, 2010, 7:42 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 520
Views: 137847

Re: What are you reading now?

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Barely getting through it, and I'm an avid fantasy reader!
by commando8
March 28th, 2010, 2:01 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Which book have you read the most number of times?
Replies: 90
Views: 13218

Re: Which book have you read the most number of times?

Without a doubt, my three unpublished novels (I suspect I'm not alone in that...).

Other than that, I think I've read The Shadow Rising and Heart of Darkness 3-4 times each.
by commando8
February 16th, 2010, 4:05 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Bad Query or Bad Story - How to Tell?
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Re: Bad Query or Bad Story - How to Tell?

Thanks for the response, Holly! I've done a few of those things, but not all, especially on the query side. Without going into too much detail, all "enthusiasts" that have read it liked the story, but one felt the query didn't live up to the book itself. The book itself is clean high fantasy, which ...
by commando8
February 13th, 2010, 10:19 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Bad Query or Bad Story - How to Tell?
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Bad Query or Bad Story - How to Tell?

I've queried around a dozen agents over the past year with four different query versions. So far, I've gotten nothing but standard rejections (join the club, right?), and lately, I've been wondering if I'm being rejected simply on the basis of my story. On that note, I thought it might be a good ide...
by commando8
February 8th, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

Right now the perception is "short books are selling" so that's what a lot of people are looking for. It doesn't mean rip apart you 160K epic, just be aware that it's going to scare some agents/publishers off. Of course, all it would take is a few blockbuster doorstops, and long word counts are in,...
by commando8
January 11th, 2010, 2:24 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

You're slowly convincing me :) I can't disagree with you from a business standpoint - take multiple small risks and fewer big ones - it's a common practice in any industry (I do it all the time in my day job!!). I guess I just have to trust that publishers know how to maximize profit and adhere to t...
by commando8
January 11th, 2010, 1:39 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know the market as perceived from a publishing standpoint, but if the market segment consistently reads fantasy novels >150K, I would think it would be less risky to put out fully-fledged 200K fantasy novel rather than a 100K quick, cut-down story. Those 100K ...
by commando8
January 11th, 2010, 10:44 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

Concerning the above two posts, my main reason for finding a good answer is the because of the inconsistency that exists between agent word limits and historical sales of fantasy literature. Again, my limited experience to the publishing world may be what's putting me in the dark, but I don't think ...
by commando8
January 9th, 2010, 6:59 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K
Replies: 25
Views: 4282

Re: Recommended Fantasy Under 150K

Looks like I have a lot to read! Thanks to all for the suggestions!!

On a separate note, perhaps there is somebody wandering through these forums (maybe even Nathan himself!) that could enlighten us all as to the word limit cap for fantasy submissions. I've never been able to find a good answer...
by commando8
December 12th, 2009, 1:59 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188539

Re: Ask Nathan

I'm sure this has been covered at some point, but I can't find the answer: Do you represent the fantasy genre? If not, is there a reason why? Market demand? Your own personal preference? I would appreciate an answer.
by commando8
December 10th, 2009, 5:26 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188539

Re: Ask Nathan

Another quick one: I'm not as well read as some and don't recognize many names on your client list. Which of your clients has been the biggest success from a publishing standpoint? I can't really share information about sales, even relative sales. I definitely recommend getting to know my clients' ...
by commando8
December 10th, 2009, 2:57 pm
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188539

Re: Ask Nathan

Another quick one:

I'm not as well read as some and don't recognize many names on your client list. Which of your clients has been the biggest success from a publishing standpoint?
by commando8
December 10th, 2009, 11:13 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 188539

Re: Ask Nathan

Maybe I shouldn't ask this, but how many clients do you lose a year to other agencies? I've heard that a lot of mid-list novelists have been jumping ship lately...