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by Brian_H
April 8th, 2010, 7:53 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: New query for The Devil You Don't Know
Replies: 16
Views: 3105

Re: New query for The Devil You Don't Know

Terry, I am not an expert on how to write a query, but I'd like to offer my opinion. Before I get into the nuts and bolts, let me make a general comment, please. To me, it's not really clear what the main plot is. Based on your title, the "two sides to every story" reference, and Micheal's attempts...
by Brian_H
February 23rd, 2010, 11:40 am
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Dark Influence - Adult Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1550

Re: Query: Dark Influence - Adult Fiction

Thank you for your comments so far. I have found a place to add some material. Though I'm not sure it makes the book stronger, it will make it closer to the standard length and I don't think it "weakens" the story any. Let's assume for now that the length will get fixed, so I will remove the word co...
by Brian_H
February 19th, 2010, 8:44 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Dark Influence - Adult Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1550

Re: Query: Dark Influence - Adult Fiction

Yeah, I've addressed this in previous threads. I realize it's short. My second book is 93K, but this story really only takes 55k to tell. I suppose it's possible to add more, but I'm hoping the agent will be able to suggest what areas she'd/he'd like me to expand. Maybe it's because I'm so close to ...
by Brian_H
February 19th, 2010, 6:56 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Query: Dark Influence - Adult Fiction
Replies: 7
Views: 1550

Query: Dark Influence - Adult Fiction

Okay, I have finally found the courage to post a query. It's only fair that some of you have a chance to retaliate for my efforts at critiquing your works over the last few weeks. I have no doubt that there are countless areas for improvement; please feel free to obliterate this as necessary. Thank ...
by Brian_H
February 19th, 2010, 5:02 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: Dragon
Replies: 37
Views: 5511

Re: QUERY: THE LAST DRAGON (YA-Fantasy)

It's changed quite a bit since the last time I read it, and I think it is much improved. Still there are a few things I would edit. Most girls dream of becoming a princess, but Nadine is far from the typical seventeen-year-old maiden . When King Joseph announces at the annual Embers Ball that she m...
by Brian_H
February 11th, 2010, 5:06 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: chapter question.
Replies: 18
Views: 2848

Re: chapter question.

I am in agreement with everyone here; length of chapter should not be about word count. To put it into perspective, I went through my two projects, and found the shortest and longest chapter in each. book 1 - suspense 54k (14 chapters + prologue/epilogue)- shortest 1,004 words; longest 9,100. (Discl...
by Brian_H
February 11th, 2010, 2:51 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: Computer, thy name is Satan
Replies: 13
Views: 2511

Re: Computer, thy name is Satan

I too spend far too many hours hunched in front of my monitor playing video games or finding similar ways to squander my precious free time away. Lately, I've been picking apart query letters in a poor attempt to distract myself from the pitiful truth that I am too frightened to submit my own :). Ne...
by Brian_H
February 11th, 2010, 1:32 pm
Forum: Queries
Topic: QUERY: What love may do
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Re: QUERY: What love may do

Christopher, I have to agree with Ghost, Taylor, and KappaP on a few points here: You're selling this as a horror novel, yet I don't think your query reflects this. Right now it sounds more like a YA fantasy romance story. I think making Cory a bit older could help, but I'd also like to see you peer...
by Brian_H
February 10th, 2010, 7:14 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?
Replies: 38
Views: 11799

Re: Do you have a rejection contingency plan?

I probably do not fit in with the majority of serious writers replying to your question. I never had a burning desire to become published. For me, writing the story was the fun part. I write because I love writing, not to make a living at it. I understand that anyone who plans to make a living writi...
by Brian_H
February 10th, 2010, 5:15 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How important is word count?
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

Re: How important is word count?

Thank you for your replies. To answer the first question: The first book took me about eight weeks to write the story, then about three to four months editing and rewriting a part or two. Most of the rewrite time was because I had to wait for people to give me constructive feedback. I spent a lot of...
by Brian_H
February 10th, 2010, 4:04 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How important is word count?
Replies: 4
Views: 1061

How important is word count?

Hi, I'm fairly new to this site and apologize if this question has been answered somewhere already. I have written two books, almost back to back (I had a great idea for a second during the first). The first one is only about 53,000 words long, so it's a pretty quick read. The twelve or so people I'...