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by HillaryJ
October 26th, 2011, 1:36 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: The Dream Agent
Replies: 10
Views: 4261

Re: The Dream Agent

My "dream agent" came about much the same way Charlee's explained. I just kept seeing that agent's name in the acknowledgements section of books I loved. And I think it's a great way to discover agents to add to your list. However, let me play devil's advocate here. There are a couple of issues with...
by HillaryJ
October 26th, 2011, 1:19 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 98535

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

Congratulations, maybe! Loved the story on your blog of how it "came to be".
by HillaryJ
October 23rd, 2011, 4:01 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Batches, and the trap
Replies: 5
Views: 1643

Re: Batches, and the trap

Charlee, I've seen conflicting advice on this. One school says to send the first batch of queries out there to test your query to see if it's good enough to get you requests. The other school says to put your agents in order of preference and start at the top. I say, if you haven't put your manuscri...
by HillaryJ
October 7th, 2011, 8:05 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Wanted: Japanese steampunk novel/s
Replies: 3
Views: 1316

Re: Wanted: Japanese steampunk novel/s

Jay Kristoff will have a Japanese steampunk novel coming out in 2012, the beginning of a new series. It's an English-language novel (he's Australian). I'm quite excited about it.
by HillaryJ
September 29th, 2011, 11:35 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 394924

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

How a Toddler Made Me a Better Writer - And Can Help You, Too

http://hillaryjacques.blogspot.com/2011/09/but-why.html
by HillaryJ
September 24th, 2011, 3:51 am
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Submitting novellas to agents
Replies: 12
Views: 8839

Re: Submitting novellas to agents

As a rule, no, agents are not looking to sign a client and invest their time and effort for a novella. The market for traditionally-pubbed novellas is small, and I would guess it's almost obsolete for debut authors. However, if you believe the novella to be of publishable quality, there are some pub...
by HillaryJ
September 22nd, 2011, 2:35 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: ARC's
Replies: 8
Views: 1173

Re: ARC's

I haven't, but I'm regularly confused by people commenting while they read ARCs because I think I've mis-remembered the release date.

I'm eagerly awaiting Haruki Murakami's 1Q84, and someone I follow on twitter has been reading an ARC. Every time she mentions it, I get very excited, then very sad.
by HillaryJ
September 12th, 2011, 4:20 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 394924

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

5 Steps to Surviving the Soggy Center of Your Book

http://hillaryjacques.blogspot.com/2011 ... er-of.html
by HillaryJ
August 30th, 2011, 8:08 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?
Replies: 12
Views: 4943

Re: So, this whole waiting thing is the WORST, right?

Whaaaa? Waiting is awesome, almost as awesome as writing a synopsis. :/ Yeah, it stinks. And it never really ends in this business. You query, you wait to partner with an agent. You land an agent and go on submission, you wait for an editor to partner with. You sell a book, you wait for edits and co...
by HillaryJ
August 26th, 2011, 6:18 pm
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Small and independent publishers
Replies: 5
Views: 1446

Re: Small and independent publishers

Ermo, it very much depends on what you want in both the short and the long run. Are you looking for an advance? Do wish to publish a single book, several, a series? Do you wish to sell domestic rights only, foreign rights, audio rights, e-rights? Are you able to understand and negotiate your own con...
by HillaryJ
August 23rd, 2011, 8:34 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: How to be Friends with a Writer
Replies: 23
Views: 6928

Re: How to be Friends with a Writer

My best non-writer friend reads history and historical fiction. She doesn't understand fantasy or contemporary or futuristic, or why one would need to write/read that. But, she doesn't blink when I change directions mid-conversation, and can riff with me for hours on hypotheticals (though with a cer...
by HillaryJ
August 17th, 2011, 3:08 pm
Forum: Procrastination
Topic: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread
Replies: 364
Views: 98535

Re: The SQUEE GOOD NEWS Thread

Congratulations, Cheeky!
by HillaryJ
August 11th, 2011, 3:27 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Endless Summer (of Polishing)
Replies: 12
Views: 4434

Re: Endless Summer (of Polishing)

I'm at the point where I now do two drafts (what I call zero draft - getting the thing done - and first draft) before handing over to writers. I don't want to spend months agonizing over edits only to have a major issue (also known as Opportunity for Improvement) pointed out to me, which often happe...
by HillaryJ
August 5th, 2011, 1:53 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 394924

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

BORN OF WINTER: Roots of a Character
http://hillaryjacques.blogspot.com/2011 ... acter.html
by HillaryJ
July 31st, 2011, 11:36 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Yes! We will publish your novel… If…
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

Re: Yes! We will publish your novel… If…

I don't think this is too unusual in the industry, Hillary. Editors and agents both may request changes to a manuscript with no guarantee of acceptance. I've seen it referred to as an R&R - revise and resubmit. I think usually, as long as you adequately make the changes they're requesting (sometime...