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#21 MarcyKate


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:33 PM

Before AQC, I had random beta readers from other places on the interwebs who were very hit or miss. Now I've got a core group of crit partners who ROCK.

Also, before AQC, I had no idea how to write a good query, let alone a serviceable synopsis. Now I've got ninja query skills! (and um, I'm still working on the synopsis skills... ;P)

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 09:14 PM

I know I'm still new, but...

Before AQC, I had zero confidence in my work. Now, after reading other people's queries, synopses, and first chapters, I realize, "Hey, I can hang."

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:21 PM

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.

I remember that thread as well. Oh, the times when too many "suddenly"s were our biggest writing issues. <Looks pointedly in the direction of the editors reading her submission. Come on, come on. Someone's gotta like me!>

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:27 PM

I remember that thread as well. Oh, the times when too many "suddenly"s were our biggest writing issues. <Looks pointedly in the direction of the editors reading her submission. Come on, come on. Someone's gotta like me!>

Yeah, that feeling is something that rarely gets discussed in front of the curtain. The stress of people reading your work increases as there is more on the line. Once you've got an agent and are going out on submissions, the wait gets harder, not easier.

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 06:47 AM

Before AQC I sent out queries that were, uhm... very bad. I'd researched and read some books on queries but I did not get it. At all.
I still don't think my query is a knock-out, but at least I know what I query should be and how to work towards perfecting mine.
I also learned to slow down. I'm not going crazy sending out queries -- pacing myself as I learn how to improve my submissions.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 07:58 AM

Love the thread, RS. Love the responses!

Pre AQ, I penned my manuscripts from my writing closet. Seriously, nobody I know has ever read my published works from this time, as I never told anyone about them. :sad:

Post AQ, I learned what support looked like and felt like. This site has made me proud of my passion and able to look at myself as a professional writer trying to sell my words to the world, rather than a wanna-be writer cobbling together a hobby.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 06:46 PM

Before AQC I was a faithful follower of Miss Snark. Then she quit blogging.

Then I was a faithful follower of Nathan Bransford. Then he quit agenting.

Somehow I know you guys will be here when I finally get my act together. They have internet in the old folks homes these days, right?

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 08:18 AM

Before AQC, I knew little about the publishing industry, or how to work through putting together a query letter (still refining it and making it stronger, but it's getting there), or strategies to query intelligently once the time finally comes. Now I feel like I'll be as ready as it's possible to be once that day arrives. And in the process, I've gained a wonderful community of people who are passionate about writing, and I love being a part of it!

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Posted 27 July 2012 - 01:02 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.

Yeah, that summarizes my experience well. I also was looking for a welcome place where writers could share their experiences and help each other. I didn't know if it really existed. What a wonderful surprise to find this site!

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 11:59 PM

Before AQC, I thought all agents did was take a percentage of the author's sales and delayed the time it took to get published. Ex: first you had to waste time finding an agent; then the agent looks for a publisher you could have gotten on your own. I didn't understand the purpose of the middle man. I've since learned how valuable agents are, and I want one.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 02:44 AM

LOL...thank you RS...great thread. I am still new, mostly lurking, reading and hanging out in chat. I have been around the block to conferences and have tried the contest scene, but before AQC I had no idea how many rejections were reasonable to expect. I was worried at the two I had. Now I feel great about sending out more and lining my walls until that golden ticket arrives in my email.


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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:14 AM

I'm hardly a veteran, being a member for five weeks, but I feel I've learned a lot since joining so...

Before AQC I...didn't have a clue about the business aspect of writing. I came here looking for information on developing a query letter and help with a synopsis haven't finished and proofed my MS. I quickly discovered I was nowhere close to moving forward. RSM - Thank you again for your editing tips since I went from 111K to close to 95K without losing my storyline and MC development. I was also unable to find good beta readers since my friends just told me 'it's a really good read', but no useful critiquing.

Of course the more you learn, the more you realize how little you actually know, but this site has allowed me to grow and meet many people who have helped me since I joined. I hope I can help others as well, even with little experience.


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 05:08 PM

before AQC I thought I was finished also..I mean I knew I needed to edit a few things but I didn't know anything about writing a query letter or a synopsis. Now , I just wait till I get all the edits back from a really classy bunch of people and go from there. No, I still have not wrote my query letter or synopsis...they scare me a bit still lol
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

This thread made me smile. As painful as my first week or so here has been, I realize I've been blessed to have stumbled into such a fantastic community. The veteran members are unbelievably dedicated to helping us all along the way.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

Before AQC I thought I had a great story, just needed an agent. Then I found that my query letter needed a lot of work, then I found out my MS needed even more work. I thought I was ready to publish, now I know I am a long, long way from publishing. However I've met a lot of great folks and I hope I've made some friends. Thanks for all the help and support, and I try to pay back as well.

Because of AQC I will have a better novel, and a better chance of finding an agent. Also because of AQC I may decide to e-pub, there are so many good folks here with so much knowledge I know I'll get the answers to questions, and answers to questions I don't know to ask!


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:52 AM

Before AQC I didn't realize that my manuscript needed a lot of cleaning up. I thought that my manuscript was ready to send out to agents, I thought that I only needed to work on my query (which I thought was near perfection), but many people here have helped me to find that both my query and my manuscript needed more work (in a nice way of course).

And above all, before AQC I never knew that there was such a thing called a writing community that supports you.

I've learned so much here and I am seriously indebted to all of you <3

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:56 AM

Before AQC I kept trying to talk my friends into writing novels so I would have other writers to talk to.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 01:36 PM

Before AQC, I thought all I had to do was write the book.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:14 AM

Before AQC, I wrote alone and revised alone. Now I've got GREAT crit partners and friends who will drop everything to help when I need it, let me know when my prose is rambling or getting too choppy, and share with me their daily ups and downs. I'm thrilled to reciprocate.

I figure eventually we'll all be writing jacket blurbs for one another. I can't wait.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:21 AM

I would love to get to the point where I can ask for advise on my jacket cover. But for now I must reside on asking for people to help with my queries and synopses.


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