ccfinlay

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Feb. 23rd, 2006 | 01:31 am

Cut another 1200 words tonight editing the end of my first fifty, which is now more like a first forty-four. I'll do one more pass tomorrow then post it to the novel workshop.

It has some problems that I recognize, but at this point I need to put more energy into writing forward again.

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 23rd, 2006 06:43 am (UTC)
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I'm rooting for you!

-Tobias

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 23rd, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
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Awesome! That's a lot better than getting kicked.

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from: anonymous
date: Feb. 23rd, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
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Turn your butt this way a little closer, I may get in a kick yet. :-)

tb

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Steve Nagy

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from: stevenagy
date: Feb. 23rd, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Heh!

I need to finish the last 150 before I tackle the rewrite on the first 50 and pop it out to agent(s). Then there's the whole question of whether I send the first 50 of the main part of the novel and tack on the short story/prologue as an aside, explaining that it sold as a short to 3rd Alternative/Black Static. Might help. Might let me send more than the first 50 only, which would only comprise the prologue and the first chapter if I strictly adhere to rules. ;-)

Good luck, Charlie.

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Feb. 23rd, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
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Steve, good luck on finishing the novel!

But there's really no question on the other thing. There's no game or trick or anything else to this. You just send out the first 50 pages or less of the book. If you have hooked them by 50, an extra 15 won't swing the bat. If the prologue is a better hook, then you need to add it to the beginning right now.

Don't make it more complicated than it needs to be or waste energy on strategies you don't need. Just put your best pages up front and let them do the persuading for you.

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from: stevenagy
date: Feb. 23rd, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Makes sense. Thanks. One of those things you need to hear someone say for it to click.

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sallytuppence

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from: sallytuppence
date: Feb. 23rd, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Go, Charlie!!

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