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Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
6:58 pm
Question about submissions
Hello all. A few months ago I had lots of questions about submitting manuscripts and you all helped me a lot. I submitted to Daw but the ms. was rejected for being not marketable enough for their audience. It was a nice letter and I totally got it. Between then and now I have redone the ms. and am ready to send it out again. Three weeks ago I suddenly lost my beloved Dad. It made me wish so badly that I'd gotten this ms. out there earlier so he could have been proud of me. Well anyway. I'm ready to try again.

My question this time is another naive one:

When you send a ms. or the synopsis / first three chapters or any ms. package out to a publisher, just how much do they frown upon you sending your package out to more than one company? Penguin is accepting email queries with a three-month wait period. TOR wants the synopsis / first three chapters with a four month wait period. I've got a few publishers in mind I'd like to try this time, but dang it all, it would be so much better if I could submit to more than one at a time.

Is that acceptable to publishers, or is there some kind of taboo against that?

Any help would be most appreciated.
Sunday, July 5th, 2009
11:51 pm
I'm working on this and I'm not sure if it is good or not?
For countless of centuries after the Great Vampire War, the Vampire world has been in disarray, unfortunately for a human girl named Kelsa, a nearby vampire lord decides to make her his. Her world is thrown upside down as the politics of the vampire world and her own come crashing down around her.
The Storyteller's tale is a dark romance adventure that is set in the far future of Earth.
Kelsa, in hopes of salvaging her own sense of somewhat of a normal life, she waits on the road that goes near her farm to hire a passing vampire hunter. Hoping the vampire hunter will slay the vampire lord. She has yet to learn that it is never that simple, and the hunter she hired knows more about what's going on than she does. To make the right choices is never easy, and for Kelsa they are even harder. To fight a battle with little hope of winning or to leave the world she knows behind. The only certainty is that nothing will be the same ever again for her or her brother.
But when Chester, the town womanizer who wants Kelsa's farm, reveals to the town what happened to her, her life gets even more complicated as the townspeople want her driven from her farm in fear of their own daughters may be next on the menu of the vampire.
The townspeople and Kelsa learn about the politics of the Vampires when Koranad, the huntress reassures the townspeople that the vampire lord is only after Kelsa for if he was after more than just her their daughters would have been visited and bitten as well. On the same thread, she gives a warning to the townspeople that if Kelsa is turned to become a vampire, one word from her lips would send the army of the vampire lord out across the land and slay all who chased her from her farm, they leave with a healthy respect for Kelsa and fear of the vampire lord.
But in the end, Kelsa's decision is one that she never thought she would decide on, after finding out that her current boyfriend had once again cheated on her, she realizes that Nazan, the vampire lord never cheated on her and was faithful to her the entire time.

That's all I got but I'm not sure if it sounds good or not.

Current Mood: creative
Saturday, May 30th, 2009
6:16 pm
Synopsis help.
I'm asked to write a synopsis of The Storyteller's tale and send the first three chapters of the story to an agent.

I was always told that a synopsis should not be no more than half of a page and yet I see synopsis that are over two pages.

The agent didn't state how many pages they want for the sysnopsis, so should I just go with two pages and double space it or go for a page and one line space?

Or should I just wing the whole thing and give the agent one page sysnopsis and hope for the best or go full out and do two pages long or longer?

Thank you,
Beth Brownell
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
2:12 pm
writing and selling strategies
Just as a general discussion topic, what sort of strategies do you employ in writing and selling?

Do you choose markets and then write for them, do you write and then look for suitable markets, or both, or something else? And why?
Monday, December 22nd, 2008
10:52 am
Word count to the nearest zero or actual amount?
I tend to round it to the nearest zero, but wouldn't the publisher or agent be more thrilled if they knew exactly how many words to expect to find in the manuscript?

I have been told go to the nearest zero and then I'm told by someone else give them the correct amount of words.

Which should I do - round it to the nearest zero or give them the correct amount? The reason why is my manuscript For the Love of Abdullah, is rounded to the nearest zero which is actually a lower count than it actually is by fifty or sixty words and I want to make sure that they know how many words is in the manuscript.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
11:22 am
Hi, new member here.
My name is Beth, I'm 38 years old and I've been writing original fiction for more than two decades and never published. I'm hoping that will be changing very soon.

I hope to meet new friends in the realm of writers.

And I have a query that I'm actually not sure is perfect but I'm hoping someone here will let me know if it is perfect or not so I can get it dealt with before I send it on its way.

This is what I have down from several old query letters that I have done in the past. I know this probably could be changed a bit but people say one page query letters and this is a one page query letter that basically tells you everything that happens in the novel.

Here's the newly edited query.Collapse )

I think I finally got it as good as possible, hopefully. I'm a bit wordy with my sentences. I have changed the manuscript title from The Sheik and the Rider to For the Love of Abdullah.

Current Mood: artistic
Sunday, February 4th, 2007
5:40 pm
Querying Protocol
Here's a quick question--what's the protocol on ongoing queries after a partial's been requested? My guess is that it's probably fine, since there's no request for exclusivity, but it feels a little different than simultaneous queries.

So one agent requested a partial, and I still have outstanding queries on the book. If one of them asks for a partial too, I can send it (so long as they don't need exclusivity.) Can I reasonably keep querying new agents, or ought I to give the one agent who requested a partial at least a week or so before I send out more queries? (In an ideal world, an agent would get to the story in a week or so. This particular agent is actually supposed to be pretty good on turnaround times, so I'm hopeful.)
Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
3:59 pm
What does exclusively mean?
An agent has just asked for a partial mss of my first novel, exclusively. What does that mean? Another agent has asked for a partial earlier this month, and she got it, no mention of exclusivity. What do I do now?

*googles  frantically*

Current Mood: anxious
Sunday, October 29th, 2006
11:14 pm
Does a "Yahoo" email address look unprofessional?
On one of my submissions, I found the rejection a week later in my "junk mail" folder. Now I keep worrying that I might miss an acceptance when clearing out the junk folder.

Do you think it would look unprofessional to send submissions from a Yahoo email address? My ISP uses Yahoo for email services, and I can set up Yahoo addresses that don't go through the spam filter. The email I've been using is @my ISP, instead of @yahoo.

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
9:02 am
NaNo NaNo!
This isn't technically a submission, but it IS (or can be) a serious kick in the pants to get writing again - and thus submitting again, so I hope it's allowed. If not, delete away! :)

Woot. It's October and you know what that means - the annual stampede to signup for the annual insanity that is National Novel Writing Month. Right now, it's not so much a stampede as a trickle - the swathes of grassland barely rustling under the foot traffic - but soon, ah soon, you'll be able to track the paths of the Nano-ers like so many herds of buffalo.

So yes. I signed up. And to those of you on my friendslist, I extend the following challenge.

Hello Friends,

You've been challenged by Cait to write an entire novel in the month of November.

Think you're up to the challenge? Come to http://www.nanowrimo.org and prove it!

Seriously, it's so much more fun when you have friends to meet up with and write with, or sprint with online. So sign up now! Please?? 

**xposted to personal journal
Friday, September 29th, 2006
10:53 am
querying agents
I'm preparing query letters for agents, and was hoping for some feedback on the synopsis part. It's pretty short, but I'll still put it behind a cut. Tell me what you thinkCollapse )

Also, the novel falls into something of a niche subcategory--romantic fantasy--and I'm having a hard time find agents that rep similar works. I've looked at agentquery.com and ferreted out the agents for my favorite authors. Any suggestions on where else I should look?
Sunday, September 24th, 2006
7:17 pm
Where are your submissions?
Have you been sending submissions?

I've been sending "Blonde Bimbos on the Moon" to magazines and e-zines throughout the year. Currently, I'm waiting to hear from Escape Pod.

Also, I'm working on a story intended for The First Line.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006
2:55 pm
Didn't submit to Miss Snark's Crapometer?
Even if you don't have an entry waiting to be critiqued by NY literary agent Miss Snark, you might want to check out her blog for an opportunity to see her criticisms of 100 queries and first pages.
Friday, June 2nd, 2006
3:06 pm
Newspaper column
I see that this community is a little more geared toward fiction, but someone kindly suggested I send this question along:

How does one go about pitching a column idea to a newspaper? I have a good idea, and some good writing (only one published piece, though, and not about the subject I want the column to be about), but I don't know where to start. I assume that newspaper editors get hundreds of crackpot column ideas every week. How do I get an editor to read my pitch?
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
10:58 am
Writer Beware's - Twenty Worst Agents (a Public Service Announcement)


Writer Beware’s list of the Twenty Worst Agents is below (in no particular order); please thoroughly research any agent before signing ANYTHING. Your work is too important to trust to scammers and fly-by-night operators.

These names have not arbitrarily been put on this list. Please see A. C. Crispin and Victoria StraussWriters Beware Blog, specifically the post concerning What To Do If You've Been Scammed (their entire blog is full of great information - you should check it out).

Writer Beware - Twenty WORST Agents

* The Abacus Group Literary Agency

* Allred and Allred Literary Agents (refers clients to "book doctor" Victor West of Pacific Literary Services)

* Capital Literary Agency (formerly American Literary Agents of Washington, Inc.)

* Barbara Bauer Literary Agency

* Benedict & Associates (also d/b/a B.A. Literary Agency)

* Sherwood Broome, Inc.

* Desert Rose Literary Agency

* Arthur Fleming Associates

* Finesse Literary Agency (Karen Carr)

* Brock Gannon Literary Agency

* Harris Literary Agency

* The Literary Agency Group, which includes the following:

* Children's Literary Agency

* Christian Literary Agency

* New York Literary Agency

* Poets Literary Agency

* The Screenplay Agency

* Stylus Literary Agency (formerly ST Literary Agency)

* Writers Literary & Publishing Services Company (the editing arm of the above-mentioned agencies)

* Martin-McLean Literary Associates

* Mocknick Productions Literary Agency, Inc.

* B.K. Nelson, Inc.

* The Robins Agency (Cris Robins)

* Michele Rooney Literary Agency (also d/b/a Creative Literary Agency and Simply Nonfiction)

* Southeast Literary Agency

* Mark Sullivan Associates

* West Coast Literary Associates (also d/b/a California Literary Services)


The Absolute Write site was shut down because of this list see the Making Light post re: Absolute Write is gone for further information.

Also Check out Miss Snark’s posts Hey Barbara Bauer Put Up or Shut-up and Miss Snark is Damn Mad.

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*This post is for informational purposes only. The poster of this blog entry ABSOLUTELY believes in the list, but believes that an author should do their own checking of facts. Don’t take my word for it – ASK AROUND.
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
12:00 pm
Query Letters
I have finally completed my novel manuscript, and am now looking at shopping it around. Ideally, I would like to get an agent instead of going directly to the publisher. That means writing a query letter, which is good because that's how one stays out of the slush, but it is also intimidating since I've never written a query before. I've been research queries and agents, trying to find out all I can so that I write the best query possible. On that note, I was wondering if any of you have query writing experience, or suggestions of books or websites I should check out. TIA

Current Mood: studious
Saturday, February 25th, 2006
7:06 pm
Back into the Fold
Ok, so it's been a while; since I wrote, since I got it out there, since I really did anything about anything.

So I've been going over poems, and short stories. Reflecting on everything, thinking up new ideas... and yes finally, I've started writing again. It's time.

I've been scouring the internet for different media to submit to, gathering up bookmarks, plotting about sites that actualy do something as unique as paying for submissions. The only problem I'm coming across is this...

I know nothing of what's in print anymore, I don't know who holds my audience, and I don't have the time or money to run around buying thousands of little mags, trying to decifer who might apreciate the sarcastic, non tangential stylings I've created.

My friends have comparred my work to Vonnegut and Chuck Paulanik, so if you were them, what magazines would you submit your short fiction to?

thank you
Friday, January 27th, 2006
11:40 am
Advice please
A friend at work who's been having a writing group I've attended told me she has a publicist in California she's been sending work to.

The other day she told me that a short story of mine I showed her last writing group was excellent, and she thinks it's publishable and she'd like me to bring a copy for her to send along with her own stuff she's been submitting to this woman.

It will have my name on it and she's not passing it on as her own writing, of course. I trust her. She tells me that the publicist will then submit it to the venues she thinks would be interested in the story, like she does with my friend's poems and things.

I guess I was just wondering what to expect if I do this. If the publicist submits this to venues and they're taken up, I will assume I will be contacted, but I've never done this before. I don't know what all will be involved if anything happens.

I guess if who she sends it to buys the piece I will receive some and the publicist will take a cut. Would that be right?

I want to do it, and it would be fun to just go head, but like I said, I just don't know what to expect.

Sorry for the stupid question... I'd love some guidance here. :-)

(X-posted to my own journal and some communities)

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, January 17th, 2006
4:52 pm
I just got my first rejection. I think that must be some kind of milestone in a writer's life, right?
All in all, I was disappointed but not terribly so. I am going to try again.
Tuesday, January 10th, 2006
6:24 pm
Kicking this horse into a gallop!
What are your 2006 goals/resolutions?

Mine are:
1. To write at least 7 poems per week
2. To consistently submit work to publications
3. To be published in at least two new pubs each quarter.

What about you?
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