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#1 RSMellette

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 02:35 PM

This is a place for all the old folks to post something for all the new folks.

And you're an "old folk" if you've been here long enough to learn something from other AQC members.

If that's the case, then complete this sentence:

Before AQC, I...

Here's mine.

Before AQC, I had a "bullet point" query. I figured, with all of my experience with Hollywood development executives, who really don't want to read anything, that a query letter that pointed out all of the reasons why my MS was marketable would be better than something that, you know, told the story.

It didn't help that, for some odd reason, I got a request for a full on one of my first submissions. I figured I was the sh*t.

That agent passed. The requests stopped. I re-wrote my query with help from people here. Also worked on a pitch for a conference. 127 letters and the Writer's Digest NYC pitch fest later, I landed an agent.

And that's when this place really started to pay off.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 02:58 PM

Before AQC, I thought I was done writing and ready to query when I finished my first draft :tongue:

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:13 PM

Before AQC I thought I was done with my first draft until I discovered here I couldn't write a coherent query for the current MS. I hadn't properly played out the highest conflict. Three rewrites later I can!

Celebrating a tiny bit today. I've been querying for about two weeks. I got my first not-a-form-letter rejection.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:45 PM

Before AQC, I didn't know what CP, WIP, or MS meant. I've been learning all kinds of new methods of writing and it has brought me closer to people that are passionate about the same things as me.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:55 PM

Before AQC, I thought I was done writing and ready to query when I finished my first draft :tongue:


Same here. :laugh: Much better off now.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:57 PM

Before AQC, I thought THEY were all wrong, and I was 100% right. AQC helped me get my head out of my ass.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 03:57 PM

Before AQC, I'd never heard of a query letter, and I thought a prologue full of backstory was a killer beginning! :biggrin:

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:24 PM

Before AQC... I thought my story was solid and ready to go (a story I've now completely re-written 3-4 times). I had no clue what a query letter was or that I even needed one. I (like Cat) new nothing of CP or WIP (I did know MS though). And I didn't know so many awesome and helpful people. Yes, that's a lot, but I could've kept going. :biggrin:
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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:25 PM

Before AQC, I thought it was impossible to sum up my oh-so-clever plot in a couple hundred words. Worse, I thought that was what I was supposed to be trying to do.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:29 PM

Also before AQC ... I was in danger of getting sucked into the Us-and-Them mentality of traditional route vs. self-publishing. This is one place that acknowledges the situation is much more nuanced than that.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:50 PM

Before AQC I was a solitary writer trying to make sense of the publishing game. Now I'm one of a host of other writers and I get to learn something new every day.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:10 PM

OH great thread -

Before AQC I thought anyone who didn't like my writing was either jealous or stupid.

Now I realize I was stupid.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 05:32 PM

OH great thread -

Before AQC I thought anyone who didn't like my writing was either jealous or stupid.


I think you might have been right. :)

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 06:55 PM

Before AQC, I believed everything my English professors taught me about writing. I wrote believing I could create a market rather than acknowledging that there's already a market out there.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 09:25 PM

Before AQC I ran out in the literary world with my pants down. I thought my story was da bomb. It bombed. 'Nough said.

(And RS? I remember that query. :wink: I was slightly in awe of your resume and summed up my guts to try and gently sway you away from the bullets. Glad it worked out for you.)

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 10:48 PM

This is an awesome thread. I'm only two days old here and I've already learned more than I did surfing randomly for "agent", "publisher", and "author" on the internets. And how is it I'd always end up on YouTube watching videos of the Rockford Files or Linda Blair?

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:04 AM

Before AQC I ran out in the literary world with my pants down. I thought my story was da bomb. It bombed. 'Nough said.

(And RS? I remember that query. :wink: I was slightly in awe of your resume and summed up my guts to try and gently sway you away from the bullets. Glad it worked out for you.)


Jean, you taught me SO MUCH. Not just about the query. I remember your thread on the old board about cutting "Suddenly" from your MS. I did the same thing to mine and discovered that the film editing concept of "cut on motion" applies in many ways to text editing.

BAD: On Screen - the actress walks, cut to: a cat jumps and runs away, back to: the actress jumps from fear.
GOOD: On Screen - The actress walks, her eyes flick to the right. Cut to: A Cat Jumping. Cut to: The Actress jumping. Back to: the cat walks away.

BAD. Suddenly, a cat jumps from behind a book case, scaring our hero.
GOOD. A cat jumps from behind a book case. Our hero jumps higher.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:16 AM

Before AQC, I didn't know anything about self-publishing or e-books. I didn't know that author's had to market themselves, I thought we just wrote stuff and publisher's marketed everything for you. I also got to meet people whose first books got rejected by all agents (which is me now, as well) who hadn't given up on writing. I might have thought that was the end of my career for sure otherwise. I thought I didn't need beta readers and that I could trust my family's opinions on my books.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:23 PM

Before AQC, I was just a boozing, gambling, sexual deviate.

Wanna bet a drink on what I am now? Oh, wait... can't, sorry. I'm late for my appointment down at the clinic.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:24 PM

Before AQC, I really had no real concept at the amount of work it takes to not only get published, but get published well.

The first Mark Mallen novel, Untold Damage, is now available via Midnight Ink! Look for the second Mark Mallen novel, Critical Damage in April of 2014 (Should we all be here, natch).

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