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#61 B.K. Stofka

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 07:40 PM

What a place... Let me tell you.


Before AQC I played golf professionally, served in the military, day-traded stocks, went to school for a Masters in Public Policy, clawed my way up the ranks in an accounting firm, and generally felt pretty empty.

AQC turned the book I started writing into the career I can't be without.


You people are amazing. I am humbled and grateful that this community exists. I hope it will be a long and prosperous relationship.


I'm so excited for this journey; like I haven't been in years.


Thank you.

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Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:28 PM

What a place... Let me tell you.


Before AQC I played golf professionally, served in the military, day-traded stocks, went to school for a Masters in Public Policy, clawed my way up the ranks in an accounting firm, and generally felt pretty empty.



This is the most important and honest statement that one can make.  It is the sole reason why this site continues to exist and free of charge.


We hope to remind everyone that regardless of their path towards publication, you have to be in it not to win it -- but because it feeds your soul.


And that, almost always, starts and ends with whatever your writing -- first and foremost.

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 09:15 AM

Even though I'm now officially roadkill, I can tell you this.  Never, ever, rely on your family to give you reliable feedback.  I've had people tell me, my mother likes what I wrote.  Well, that's your mother's job, to like it!  She can't be objective.

My family was dysfunctional, non-supportive of my writing and flat-out hostile.  They would laugh if I got a rejection, and I got a lot of them.  Then, in the early '90s, I had a novel published.  They reacted very badly, even claimed the subject matter was obscene, which it was not,  threatened me with legal action to stop the publication.  I called their bluff.  They backed off.  But I had to make it clear that from this point on, I will never even discuss anything I write with you. Not even a laundry list.  They tried to make nice, often asked me how my writing was going, but all I could say was, no comment. This does not concern you. Sad but true.  Families are all too full of emotional baggage to be fair critics.  If they like it, that's nice, but they can't have the last word.








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Posted 14 November 2015 - 11:10 PM

Before AQC, i queried three superstar YA agents with my less-than-stunning (but! grammatically correct!) query letter. Because i really thought my stuff was that good. One of those queries is still out but the other two rejections came fast. In hindsight, it was the literary equivalent of hitting all three of the biggest dudes in prison at the same time- "I CHOOSE YOU! TO REJECT MEEEE!" *psychotic laughter* but I don't recommend this course of action as I now have crossed myself off of their lists, at least for this current MS. 


Now I'm here! Learning in this wonderful community. So hi! 



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Posted 01 December 2015 - 06:23 AM

Just want to add to all the great stuff on this post, I've learned a ton just by critiquing other people's work. It's a terrific exercise

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 09:20 AM

I only had a vague idea what a query was.



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Posted 15 January 2016 - 05:24 AM

Hi my first time on any writers' blog. Bought lots of books on writing. Thought I knew it all. Some 10 years' ago got a request for full MS but then got turned down (780 pages to long for first novel, needed reworking etc). Since then many rejects but mainly too occupied with full-time job. Now reworked into a trilogy. All set to go with query letter ... but today just learnt the importance of omitting 'Suddenly'. Fantastic.  Back to the drawing board. Glad I joined up. Looking forward to sharing successes and failures. And learning from them. And from you all.

#68 Andrea Lambert

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:44 PM

Before Agent Query I wasn't aware of the standard novel manuscript word count length which I had to drastically cut my current manuscript down to make. Extremely helpful information, thank you. That was it's first revelation of many.


I also had never written a synopsis, and found them baffling. Now I have and queried with it. Still waiting to hear back on that other novel.


Before Agent Query I did have a community of writers from my MFA Program but Agent Query has really made me realize the wide range of writers out there beyond that community and be sympathetic to them also. I understand that there are many genres and many paths. 


I am aware that as I writer I sometimes use intense strong language. Some of the lively dialogues I've had on Agent Query have made me realize that sometimes that is not necessary and dialing it down a notch might be more gracious. We are all here in good faith trying to help each other, which is wonderful.


When I initially sought out Agent Query I was looking for an agent. I learned a lot about that particular path here which was quite enlightening. Unfortunately, my circumstances now prevent getting an agent so I have taken the small press path. I still so appreciate the writer's community and dialogues at Agent Query. I hope to both learn from and help others here.

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LORAZEPAM & THE VALLEY OF SKIN: EXTRAPOLATIONS ON LOS ANGELES from valeveil: http://www.valeveil.se/posts/196

HAUNTING MUSES from Bedazzled Ink on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co...e/dp/194383752X


WRITING THE WALLS DOWN: A CONVERGENCE OF LGBTQ VOICES from Trans-Genre Press: http://trans-genre.n...the-walls-down/
THE L.A. TELEPHONE BOOK, VOL. 1 from ARRAS.NET: http://www.arras.net/?page_id=658



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Posted 25 February 2018 - 01:02 PM

Before AQC I sent out a query that must have confused the hell out of those poor five agents that I heard no response from. My query still needs work but I'm glad I found people who can tell me when it makes no sense whatsoever. 

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