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  1. Can your book be too long?

    I have written a rather lengthy manuscript. I was told that because of its length (2000 pages) that no publishing company or agent would come near it...

    Started by Alyson Core‎, 08-03-2005 03:44 PM
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    08-05-2005, 02:10 PM Go to last post

    i would love for all you beautiful writers out there to give me your best shot at answering these questions.. What is a writer? Why do we write?...

    Started by Amador Aguila‎, 05-18-2002 03:13 PM
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    05-19-2002, 05:11 PM Go to last post
  3. Help!

    Ok, I'm writing a book with someone over the internet. Its actually very good. And, hes starting to talk about rights and so on. He says that he...

    Started by Amanda‎, 01-30-2002 04:41 PM
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  4. On spec.

    I have been invited to submit my novel "on spec." Does this indicate a faint interest, or does it mean just one more for the slush pile? I'm not...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 03-24-2010 01:35 PM
    • Replies: 6
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    03-28-2010, 09:59 AM Go to last post
  5. Formatting Woes

    Iím annoyed. Late yesterday afternoon I sent a short story (a western) to an electronic magazine who listed the genre on their website. Today I got...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 10-16-2009 11:47 AM
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    10-21-2009, 01:11 PM Go to last post
  6. I did a bad--big time!

    Last year, I decided that the only way I would ever see anything I wrote published was to offer it to a no pay online short story site. I never...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 04-28-2009 01:19 PM
    • Replies: 5
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    05-12-2009, 06:09 AM Go to last post
  7. How much character description?

    Thanks all. I am working on getting my act together. In reviewing the story for the cast of characters, I came across an inconsistency with one...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 03-08-2009 10:06 AM
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    03-20-2009, 08:44 AM Go to last post
  8. Contest, word count.

    Does is make sense for a contest that purports to lead to a publishing contract not to mention word count requirements for submitted material? This...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 01-19-2009 01:42 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    01-19-2009, 03:50 PM Go to last post
  9. Our world is shrinking.

    Just a comment-- Last November I sent what I thought was a beautifully written query to an agency that specialized in mysteries. I hoped they...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 01-07-2009 08:28 AM
    • Replies: 2
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    01-10-2009, 09:44 AM Go to last post
  10. Elbow Creek magazine

    Has anyone had any experience with Elbow Creek, the western magazine? Their website is quite friendly, so I sent them a short story in June. No...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 10-05-2008 02:04 PM
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    10-05-2008, 02:04 PM Go to last post
  11. Triond Publishing

    Has anyone had experience with Triond Publishing? I am finding little on research. It seems they are an on line publisher. If they accept your...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 08-04-2008 11:37 AM
    • Replies: 4
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    08-05-2008, 11:05 AM Go to last post
  12. MSE Index (?)

    I have just come across the term MSE Index (Manuscript Salability Evaluation). One agent says it is gaining wide acceptance in the industry, P&E...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 02-21-2008 08:19 AM
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    02-24-2008, 11:52 AM Go to last post
  13. Frustration pays?

    I just think this is funny: A few weeks ago,I sent an e-mail query to an agent saying that I was a hobby writer and I assumed that doomed me right...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 01-31-2008 03:01 PM
    • Replies: 4
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    02-02-2008, 06:27 AM Go to last post
  14. Agent Search=Frustration

    I have spent the morning looking for an agent who might at least take an interest in my project. I concentrate on those who say they work with new...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 01-14-2008 11:07 AM
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    01-16-2008, 06:17 AM Go to last post
  15. Try again?

    I have queried most of the agents I have been able to locate among those handling my genre. There are just a few left who only respond to snail...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 09-22-2007 09:17 AM
    • Replies: 9
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    09-27-2007, 05:34 AM Go to last post
  16. Upping word count.

    I truly envy writers who can dash off 100,000+ word novels. At least when they edit, they have something to work with. I have the other problem. ...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 09-09-2007 01:17 PM
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    09-11-2007, 02:53 PM Go to last post
  17. Notes from the sub-basement:

    I finally found an agent who was interested enough in one of my mysteries to read it through. Yesterday I got the results. After initially...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 08-18-2007 08:56 AM
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  18. Writing credits--lack of.

    I have been researching literary agencies and have become both intimidated and discouraged over issues of credentials and writing credits, because I...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 08-06-2007 09:11 AM
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    08-18-2007, 12:26 PM Go to last post
  19. IRCs (?)

    Have been researching agents and found included in their submission requirements the term IRC. What are they talking about? The only reference I...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 07-23-2007 12:48 PM
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    07-24-2007, 02:06 PM Go to last post
  20. Agents, western genre

    Is anyone aware of agents handling westerns? I checked Writers Net and came up with three pages of agents who supposedly handle the western...

    Started by Amanda Brenner‎, 07-22-2007 07:47 AM
    • Replies: 8
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    07-23-2007, 03:36 PM Go to last post

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