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AQ Connect - New Member Shout-Out!

AQ Connect - New Member Shout-OutsOpen to all new AQ Connect members. Post an introduction and invite existing AQ members to view your profile. Let other members know your literary goals and interests. Don't be shy. We're all here for the same reason -- to connect!

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Thirty, Nerdy, Newbie - last post by AlexH

AQ Connect - Site Navigation & Report Bugs

AQ Connect - Query Critique CornerHave a specific Site How-to Q? Post your question in this group; veteran members and moderators will be happy to answer your questions. Experiencing a Site Bug? Create a topic and list your issues to see if other members are experiencing the same issues.

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Screenwriters? - last post by shawnrohrbach

AQ Connect - The Guppie Pond

AQ Connect - Guppie PondAre you feeling overwhelmed by it all? Have you been lurking for far too long? This is a safe, friendly pond where new guppies can mingle, hang out, and familiarize yourself with AQ Connect as well as the publishing industry. Feel free to express your newbie anxieties, vent your newbie frustrations, or post that "silly" nagging question and expect a softer, kinder response. Whether you're looking for a little reassurance or just an encouraging nudge in the right direction, this is the "training" pond for you. Stay as long as you like and help welcome new guppies along the way -- until you feel brave enough to venture into the open waters of AQ Connect...and maybe even a little swimming with sharks.

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A MUST WATCH VIDEO - last post by Eli Ashpence

AQ Connect - Genre Angst

AQ Connect - GenreThere's no question that a book's genre is one of its most important fundamental characteristics. Whether you're making the mistake of believing your book straddles all genres, or simply looking for feedback about your decision to write within a specific genre, this is Genre 101 Group is the help-line for you.

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Sci-fi or what? - last post by Kristyn

AQConnect - On Writing and Editing

AQ Connect - On Writing and EditingChat about the art and craft of writing and editing. What does it really mean to be a good writer? Is it more important to be a great writer or a great storyteller? What's the best way to create likable heroes? What about enjoyable villains? What the heck is character arc, anyway? And how many revisions is really enough?

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Question About New WIP - last post by AWExley

AQ Connect - Ask the Expert

AQ Connect - Ask the ExpertWriting a scene set in Venice, Italy -- except you've never been there? Wanna know the proper procedure for pulling over a driver or arresting as suspect? Need a short phrase of dialogue translated into a foreign language? Want to write a scene where a woman has a baby.. but... you've never actually given birth? This group is dedicated to AQC members who want to "Ask an Expert" about any specific topic in order to help write that tricky "can't-make-it-up-without-the-details" scene. Experts can be any AQC members who have professional or personal experience on any topic.

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Thoughts of main character? - last post by AWExley

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AQ Connect - Query Critiques

AQ Connect - Query Critique Corner Want feedback on your query letter? Create a discussion thread and post your query. Request query critiques from fellow AQ Connect members. But remember, be prepared to pay it forward.

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TANGIBLE YA - last post by alicewitten30

Hook Critique Group

AQ Connect - Hook Critique CornerGot hook? How 'bout in 140 characters or less? This is a new BETA group for critiquing and refining those Twitter one-liner pitches. Yes, summarizing your book into one concise sentence is a business tool, not an art form. Is it pitch-worthy? Or just plain painful to the senses...let the AQC community decide.

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Dark Core twitter pitch (po... - last post by Ann Robertson

AQ Connect - Query Questions & Conversations

AQ Connect - Query QuestionsWhat the heck is a "good" hook and do I really need one? Should I assign a genre to my novel in my query? Do I include a query bio even though I have zero writing credentials? Post all your query quandaries here.

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Comp title trouble - last post by CheG

AQ Connect - Examples of Successful Queries

AQ Connect - Examples of Successful QueriesDoes your query get lots of positive response from agents and yes... maybe even editors? Here's the place to post those queries that got you requests for partials, fulls, and even sales. How did you do it? We want to see your query, cheer for you, and learn!

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Successful YA Fantasy query - last post by Selene Bell

AQ Connect - The Synopsis Critique (and How-to Q's)

AQ Connect - Synopsis CritiqueEvery writer seems to procrastinate on writing a synopsis for their novel until an agent requests a partial or full AND the dreaded synopsis. Post your one-page synopsis (maximum 1000 words) here for feedback from the AQ Connect community.

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Winter's Queen (YA fant... - last post by haeagar

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AQ Connect - Agent Updates

AQ Connect - Agent UpdatesPost updates about literary agents and agents. Inquire about discrepancies in agent submission guidelines as well as whether or not an agent is still accepting queries or closed to queries. "Follow this Forum" (view the group and click the button) and receive agent updates via email!

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Updates on Literary Counsel - last post by LucidDreamer

AQ Connect - Agent Submission Process

AQ Connect - Agent Submission PreferencesThe submission process is a game; do you know how to play? Post questions about the submission process to agents, and be sure to review all the posts in order to learn the rules and submission strategies that have helped our AQC members score an agent.

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Order of query, synopsis, p... - last post by Selene Bell

AQ Connect - Ins & Outs of Literary Representation

AQ Connect - Literary RepresentationSo...what does an agent do anyway? Whether you're a newbie interested in the magical world of having an agent, or an agented writer willing to share your experiences being represented and going on submission, this group is the place to focus on the ins and outs of literary representation.

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What is your method for cho... - last post by AWExley

AQ Connect - Conferences & Contests

AQ Connect - Conferences & ContestsPost announcements regarding upcoming writing conference, workshops, online classes, seminars, and publishing & blog contests. Post your notes about an event you recently attended, or announce if you're attending an event and meet up other AQC members!

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Writer's for Hope Auction - last post by Ann Robertson

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AQ Connect - Publishing as a Business

AQ Connect - The BusinessPublishing is a business, which means there's always a bottom-line that affects writers, whether they realize it or not. Follow other industry-insider websites and blogs, and share their posts & ideas. Share anything and everything about "The Biz" here.

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YA and the "John Green... - last post by Click

AQ Connect - Business of eBooks and eReaders

AQ Connect - Digital PublishingThe tsunami of digital publishing has arrived. Discuss the business side of online publishing, and chat about the newest eReaders, tablets, and mobile devices as well as their e-reading file formats. Group Moderator: RC Lewis

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How to Promote an E-Book - last post by Robin Breyer

AQ Connect - Indie Book Publishing

AQ Connect - Independent Publishing OpportunitiesThis group is dedicated to independent publishing opportunities outside of the traditional NYC "major trade" mainstream. Share ways to get traditionally published WITHOUT an agent, including e-publishing, self-publishing, small presses, university presses, etc. Discuss trends that affect the indie scene.

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Self Publishing Advice? Aut... - last post by sharpegirl

AQ Connect - Wanted Ads

AQ Connect - Become a MentorNeed a critique of your first chapter and willing to reciprocate? Looking for a critique partner in your genre. Just need someone with a sharp proof-reading eye to look over your query for spelling and grammar mistakes? Post your "Wanted Ads" here. NOTE: "Wanted Ads" only -- NO posting of actual material for critiques.

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Looking for beta readers - last post by Einstein

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AQ Connect - Indie Cafe

AQ Connect - Indie CafeHave you ditched the traditional publishing route and decided to trek alone into the Brave New World of e-publishing/self-publishing? This group is dedicated to the world of indie DIY self-publishing/e-publishing. Announce your newest release or celebrate a great review. Betray your fears and anxieties about making the indie leap. Share new resources and distribution opportunities. Brainstorm new ways to keep yourself "out there" and bond about the unique experience of selling your work directly to your audience.

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Questions and Thoughts on S... - last post by sharpegirl

Level One: The Basics of E-Publishing

AQ Connect - E-Publishing BasicsSelf-publishing is no longer a dirty word. In the age of eReaders, smartphone, tablets, e-publishing is quickly becoming the hottest trend among aspiring writers. Everyone else is doing it, why shouldn't you? Group Moderators: RC Lewis and J. Lea Lopez

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Questions: Lulu, Createspac... - last post by K_Claremont

Level Two: Formatting & File Conversion

AQ Connect - EBooks CoversUse this group to discuss the technical side of how to properly convert your manuscript into a sleek, glitch-free Kindle file or ePUB file.

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Kindle Template?? - last post by KC Rivers

Level Three: Cover Design

AQ Connect - EBooks CoversUse this group to share your tips, tricks and resources for designing that perfect, professional eBook cover. Also, we feel to post design mocks in order to receive immediate feedback from the AQC community. Group moderator: C. Taylor

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I'm looking for YA Fant... - last post by Aaron Bradford Starr

Level Four: Distribution Channels & Devices

AQ Connect - Distribution ChannelsAmazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, Virtual Lending Libraries, Kindle Touch & Fire, NOOK, iPads, iPhones, Tablets... Need we say more?

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Amazon vs B&N vs Kobo,... - last post by Andrew Nelson

Level Five: Amazon Kindle Sales & Rankings

AQ Connect - Amazon LogoAmazon.com has dominated the eBook distribution market in such a massive way that most of NYC's publishing industry has dubbed them "The Evil Empire." They may be The Evil Empire, but the Kindle accounts for 50% eReader market, so Amazon's Kindle eBook Store should be your first e-pubbing stop. But with over 950,000 book titles listed on Amazon, you'll need specific tips and tricks to help your book stand out from all the rest of the "digital slush."

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Anyone recently get their b... - last post by Robin Breyer

Level Six: Pricing, Sales, Income & Taxes

AQ Connect - SalesHow much money can you really make publishing a book? Interested in how pricing, publisher, and marketing strategy all affect a book's total sales and profit? Looking to compare your sales numbers with other AQC members? Use this forum to discuss and compare concrete sales numbers, income comparisons, and expenses/taxes within traditional publishing and e-publishing.

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So confused by SALES TAX .... - last post by Lia Fail

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AQ Connect - PR, Marketing, Ads, & Promos

AQ Connect - New Member Shout-OutsShare your best tips and tricks on how to promote yourself and your writing -- out there in the "real world." Whether you're looking to promote your traditionally published book or self-published ebook, this group is here to help navigate the world of the self-promotion. Group Moderator: MarcyKate

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Money vs. Fame - last post by AWExley

AQ Connect - Blogs & Social Media Du Jour

AQ Connect - TwitterGain insight on how to follow the publishing industry within the fourth dimension of the internet -- blogs & social media. Whether it's Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Tumblr, or your own blog or website, today's social media du jour is a real-time cyber-playground of writers, agents, and editors networking, chatting, and advising about the publishing industry.

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Ultimate Book Editing is Ra... - last post by Ultimate Book Editing

AQ Connect - DIYW: Do-It-Yourself-Website

AQ Connect - Web DesignWhether you've snagged a traditional book deal or your interested in e-pubbing and self-promotion, a sleek, professional author website is one of your most important marketing tools. Feel free to post basic questions, like "Where the heck do I start?" or specific questions as you hit road blocks along the way. Use this group to support each other in your DIYW endeavors.

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AQ Connect - Writing Odometer

AQ Connect - AQ Challenge Each day is slipping away, and you've still got zippo writing progress to show for it. Time to crack down and publicly register your daily writing word-count odometer. Seek motivation and support from other AQC members, or simply brag about your 5,000 word daily count. It's going to be as fun (and awkward) as middle school Phys Ed. Gym Teacher: bigblackcat97

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April Goals - last post by Robin Breyer

AQ Connect - Title Tester

AQ Connect - Title Tester Titles. Titles. Titles. Arguably your book's most important marketing tool, and yet, most writers slap on the first generic title that comes to mind and never look back. Challenge yourself and your book's title. See which titles stand out, and which ones just fade into the background like white noise...

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Title for a mystery - last post by All In Al

AQ Connect - The Think Tank

AQ Connect - The Think TankJoin us in the Think Tank for big-picture assistance with brainstorming for your plot, characters and story-world. This group is password-protected in order to encourage members to freely discuss their creative ideas. To request membership in this group, send a message to the group moderators, C. Taylor or Lucy.

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AQ Connect - Off-Topic

Off-TopicHey, it's not ALL about writing. Here's a place for writers and industry professionals to post items NOT related to the business of publishing.

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The Big Break Theory - last post by LucidDreamer

AQ Connect - The Good News "Boast" Bar

AQ Connect - The Good News Stroll through the door, swagger up to the bartender, and "boast-a-toast" to your accomplishments in this group. "Boasts" can be publishing or non-publishing related, just be prepared to offer up a free round of drinks to the whole AQC community who are always more than willing to join a Happy Hour celebration.

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My debut releases tomorrow! - last post by Natasha R

AQ Connect - The Litter Box

AQ Connect - The Litter BoxA good place to come after a bad day. Bring your query accidents and misspelled agent's names here. A bad day writing? Just got a rejection that made you rethink your entire life? Misery loves company.

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Contradictory rejections - last post by CheG

AQ Connect - The Game Room

AQ Connect - Game RoomThe Game Room is the reserved cyber-space for a little literary ping-pong, grammar goof-offs, and writing recreation. The only rule is that games must be inclusive, tasteful, and exceedingly fun (and preferably with some kind of craft, hook, book, or Snooki tie-in. In case we're not being clear here: curmudgeons need not apply.

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Book Reviews & Reading Recommendations


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  3. Science Fiction, Fantasy and Graphic Novels,
  4. Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense and Crime Fiction,
  5. Young Adult (YA), Middle Grade (MG) & Children's,
  6. Romance and Erotica

AQ Connect - Book Club BanterThis is the place to post book reviews and reading recommendations as well as generate banter about a specific book you've just finished (or can't finish). You can also announce free book giveaways or e-book downloads, or post new release shout-outs and other book promotions. Post your topic in the book's genre subgroup and format your post's subject line -- book's TITLE - Author Name.

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My First Review - Ratpaths... - last post by SabrinaJadeHoward

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Here Be Historicals

AQ Connect - Here Be HistoricalsA place where writers of historical fiction can discuss the aspects of writing and research specific to our genre; the agents interested in it; and the publishers promoting it. To request membership in this group, send a message to the group moderator, Litgal

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The Speculative Fiction Group

AQ Connect - The Speculative Fiction GroupA group that covers all genres of Speculative Fiction, both adult and YA. We’re looking for people interested in networking, sharing information, and who are willing to help critique each other’s work. If you’d like to join this supportive and dynamic group, send a message to the group moderator, Clippership.

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Romance Writers

AQ Connect - Romance WritersA place where romance writers can come and discuss anything having to do with the genre. All subgenres of romance are welcome, including contemporary, suspense, time-travel, futuristic, paranormal, Western, historical, regency, gothic romance, etc. If you're interested in learning more about the genre's specific rules & formulas--like the HEA or the leading man--this is the place for you. Our members offer helpful advice to other romance writers and love discuss the craft of writing romances. Members can give and receive feedback on pages of their work-in-progress in our Page Critique subgroup. To request membership in this group, send a message to the group moderators, C. Taylor or Lucy

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Mystery, Thriller/Suspense and Crime Group

AQ Connect - Mystery, Thriller, and SuspenseAn open discussion group dedicated to the publishing "in's and out's" of the mystery, thriller, and suspense genres. Discuss the publishing industry trends, the best opportunities & resources, or your favorite authors within these genres. Group moderator: Thrownbones

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Is this normal? - last post by Tosin.O

Non-Fiction and Memoir

AQ Connect - Non-FictionNonfiction is the bread and butter of the publishing industry. If you write nonfiction, this is your group. Chat about the ins and out of how to write a nonfiction proposal and how an agent sells it to editors BEFORE you finish the entire manuscript. Got platform? Expert in your field? Chat about how you can turn your expertise into a nonfiction blockbuster. Group moderator: mwsinclair

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When they ask, "Do you... - last post by jadah

Juvenile Junction--Tots to Teens

AQ Connect - Juvenile JunctionIf your manuscript has boyfriends, best friends, bugs or bullies, you came to the right place. Writing for kids is a nuanced business, as it encompasses distinct genres within distinct age groups. All writers of juvenile fiction are welcome to freely discuss the trials and tribulations unique to children's literature. We have a warm and friendly atmosphere where there are no dumb questions and the only experience necessary is a love for all things juvenile. Group Moderator: Cat Woods

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Unexpected Gender Bias - last post by jls4

Paranormal/Supernatural

AQ Connect - Paranormal/SupernaturalThis group is a place where writers who already work within this genre--and those who have simply thought about exploring it--can come together, share ideas and give examples of their work. The main objective is to explore ways in which we can expand the popular genres of Horror, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Thriller.

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