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#1 gailbrown73


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Posted 24 January 2018 - 09:27 PM

I received my MFA recently and finished Volume I of my novel, and the next steps allude me and it is a bit scary.  Any advice?

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Posted 24 January 2018 - 10:20 PM

If you've completed your MFA, I imagine you've developed a thick skin for critiques and rejections, so you've got a good foundation. :)
The querying process is daunting if you look at it overall. But if you break it down to query letters, synopses, sample pages, it becomes more manageable.
It also helps if you have a friend--online or offline. Just having somebody's support can help a lot. :)

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 05:19 PM

Volume 1?  How big a volume?  Is there a complete story in this volume or are you trying to sell a series with an incomplete story?  I would be pretty intimidated if my "Volume 1" had volume but I hadn't finished the story yet.


I don't mean that sound antagonistic.  There's a great deal here.  There's a community of support.  Browse the forums.  Learn how to write a hook and write one.  Develop a query.  I discovered that trying to write a query made me rewrite my novel and it became a better story.


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Posted 25 January 2018 - 05:21 PM

I second what Nessa said.


I recommend you dig around through this site. You'll find countless conversations like this one about how daunting the process can be, but you'll also find innumerable examples of writers helping writers through the process.


This site has survived because of the community of writers here; we're not trying to compete with each other or knock anyone else down. We try to help one another along the path we've chosen. Welcome!

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