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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread I'm NEW! Hello.  :) I found my way here through the Facebook group. Can't wait to dig in!

My name's Ann Swaim. I'm a reader and a writer. My favorite thing I've read recently is The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson.

July 27, 2017, 03:24:04 PM
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Re: I'm having trouble deciding between main villains My opinion comes from my thoughts on horror movies.

Your own imagination creates the most terrifying image.

The anticipation of encountering a monster builds the most tension and once the monster is revealed, and the audience is in the know, he becomes less threatening.

I think characters reactions to, and fear of the villain are far more important than the villain itself.

For this reason, the plotting, background villain appeals to me more. I like the idea of there being a looming fear for the people.

Gosh, I hope that makes sense.  :o

July 27, 2017, 04:46:06 PM
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Re: Brandon Sanderson Appreciation Thread If it weren't for Brandon, I wouldn't be reading and writing today.

He's been such an inspiration. His books, his podcast, his YouTube lectures, and just him as a person!

I've not read as many of his books as I'd have liked to by now, (I'm a slow reader, so if I tried catching up on all of his work I'd never read anything else again LOL) but I read Steelheart via audio book first and I was hooked. Then I basically stalked him.  ;) I looked up everything he's been involved in and consumed it. Working through his books will have to be a lifelong endeavor.

Thank you Brandon, for sharing your brain with the world! ;D

July 27, 2017, 05:01:26 PM
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
I'm NEW! Hello.  :) I found my way here through the Facebook group. Can't wait to dig in!

My name's Ann Swaim. I'm a reader and a writer. My favorite thing I've read recently is The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson.

Hello!

We are better looking then the Facebook members and  are more sophisticated  and a bit mad, you fit right in.

WOOT! Thanks! Here's where I self-deprecate and say "At least I fit in somewhere." :P But seriously, glad to be here. :)


Welcome Chirpy - an adorable handle. The forum's sort of damaged right now so we're missing our favorite thing: the "LIKE" button. But our people are working through the issues as they can. Meanwhile, tell us about yourself. Where do you live? Are you a reader, a writer, or both?

Thanks for the welcome!

I've been noticing the woes over the missing "Like" button. xD

About me? I'm in Iowa, been here, doomed to be here, my whole life. LOL I'm a reader and a writer, but haven't been my whole life. It's been a development in the last couple of years and I'm loving it! Makes this Iowa humidity a bit more bearable ;)

July 27, 2017, 09:44:55 PM
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Re: Query Letter Blues: SOS The best source, IMO, is http://queryshark.blogspot.com/

She is an agent at New Leaf Literary and does not beat around the bush. She lives up to the title Shark.

Read every post. Implement every bit of advice. Set aside the query for at least a week and do it again. Writing a query is not a fast process. Writing a query will take just as much time, if not longer and will be more difficult than writing the novel.

4.0 is closest to what QueryShark would suggest using, only start with "Infected ex-pit fighter..." it starts with a character taking action and that's what agents care about. They don't need context. Then stick with that character's POV for the whole query.

Personally, I know your struggle with the multiple POV. My current WIP has 4. I'm not ready to submit a query, it's in beta reading right now, but I started writing my query before I sent my MS to beta readers, because I think it helps nail down what promises I'm making to the reader.

If the hook isn't in the first chapter I now know I've started my MS too early and my query letter will be ineffective. If the agent reads the query and likes the hook, but that hook is not in the first chapter, they'll pass.

So, I ask myself, which character holds the hook? When I know, I start the MS with that character's POV and write the query letter for them. Even though all the characters are important to move the plot.

I have learned this from failure, not success. I'm hoping, since learning this with the previous MS I queried, I'll have better luck when this MS is complete :)

Good luck to you!

July 30, 2017, 08:06:28 PM
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Looking for Beta readers please A RIBBON IN THE FIRE is a 70K word speculative YA romance between a ruthless gang leader and a free agent who's willing to sellout his sister to save his own life.

It's set in our world, Midwest, post apocalypse, but has none of the traditional PA tropes. It's the frontier life of Hell on Wheels meets the gang life of Peaky Blinders with the YA appeal of Six of Crows and a magical twist.

Let me know if you're interested and I can send a pdf or file for the e-reader of your choice.

Thanks so much!

July 30, 2017, 08:38:32 PM
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Re: So I'm creating a new Fantasy creature I see dreams as a very personal experience and would think it would either be without form, as others have said, or take on a different form for each individual. Be whatever they need, that would make them most happy in this situation.

I feel like you answered your own question with your question LOL xD "How would this creature appear to you?" ;D

August 04, 2017, 06:46:37 PM
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Re: So I'm creating a new Fantasy creature
I see dreams as a very personal experience and would think it would either be without form, as others have said, or take on a different form for each individual. Be whatever they need, that would make them most happy in this situation.

I feel like you answered your own question with your question LOL xD "How would this creature appear to you?" ;D

And you made me think of something cool... As in, if it were two characters, they could talk about that spirit and promptly realise that they are seeing and experiencing different things from being transported by the same spirit. That'd be a neat way to describe it and its power.

YAY! I HALP! :P

August 05, 2017, 12:58:09 AM
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Publisher picked up my book! I'm so excited. My book is going to be published! It's a new, small press. Not vanity, they didn't ask for a dime. They have experienced editors. And the cover designer is great!

Here's a link to my book's page on their site. Cover is still in the works.

http://fyreandbrimstonepublishing.com/coming-soon

All the FF people have been a huge inspiration to keep me going! Seeing some of the crazy stuff you all read just proves there's a reader out there for every book  ;D
 
*does a happy dance*

December 29, 2017, 09:29:49 PM
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Re: Publisher picked up my book! Very much so, Lady Ty! I participated in #Pitmad on Twitter, December 7th this year and they liked my pitch. I'd been through a lot of rejections with this MS and expected the same with FaB. I had a little trouble believing it when I received the email. I did a ton of research though and figured, since they didn't want my money, I had nothing to lose! They've been really nice. Lots of communication. I think this is a great move for my first time out :)
December 29, 2017, 09:45:57 PM
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