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Review My Work / Re: beta readers wanted for YA fantasy!!
« Last post by Nightlife Writer on Yesterday at 01:01:22 PM »
Hi Anna

If you're still looking for a beta reader, I'm interested in the first chapter if that's okay. I'm a YA fantasy author and am currently querying my story.
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Welcome Board - START HERE! / Here to Help and Look for Help
« Last post by Greg Katski on Yesterday at 11:36:32 AM »
Hello fellow writers and dreamers. My name is Greg Katski and for the last five (maybe six?) years I have been writing and revising (and revising) my first novel. It is semi-autobiographical and deals with mental health (something I think our society could do a much better job of addressing). It is also very personal, but I feel like the finest writing is!

I am now ready to share my manuscript with some lovely beta readers. I would also be more than happy to provide a critique of others' writing, especially if it is of a similar vain (i.e. autobiographical, YA, focused on mental health).

A general synopsis of my novel: After a freak accident at a young age leaves his face partially disfigured, Pete comes of age in suburban Maryland while coping with his disability and, ultimately, takes on the persona of his mafia movie idols.

Please let me know if you have a manuscript you would like me to review and provide feedback on. I am a writer and editor by trade and went to school for journalism and literature. I have been in the communications business for over 10 years and work as a marketing and public relations specialist for an environmental remediation company.

Also, please reply if you would like to connect about my novel.
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Welcome Board - START HERE! / Re: Hello
« Last post by Nether on September 25, 2021, 02:28:44 PM »
Welcome to the deadzone, a horrific board filled with spammers that the admins refuse to curtail.

I'll admit I've never heard of the term "bully romance" before. I guess is mostly what it sounds like? I'm just now sure how that works with within the paranormal or fantasy genre, since it sounds like more of a contemporary/real world thing.

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Welcome Board - START HERE! / shzz
« Last post by seomind on September 25, 2021, 11:02:37 AM »
I wish more writers of this sort of substance would take the time you did to explore and compose so well. I am exceptionally awed with your vision and knowledge.   poker online
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Review My Work / Re: Hard time pacing my novel…
« Last post by MissyCat on September 25, 2021, 08:34:13 AM »
Can you post any of it so we can see what you are talking about? What the genre is, how many words you are shooting for?
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First, I'm not a science fiction reader but I read this all the way through. You write well and it kept me engaged. I'm not sure if I would call this a prologue or just the beginning chapter. A prologue is typically an opening to a story and tells the backstory before the first chapter begins. I think the discovery of that blue stuff that heals wounds and the tremors are the clue to this prologue but it seems like there are too many people talking and not enough about those two things in detail-the backstory.

Take this with a grain of salt but many readers never read them for various reasons. So creating one can be a waste of time, but not always.

Can you tighten up the prologue and make it about just the discovery and the tremors as something that has never or has happened before? What's the story behind both of them? Can the discovery be something countless people have been trying to create and have failed at? Are the tremors something the planet has lived with for thousands of years and now they are becoming more serious? The characters in the backstory may no longer be alive and their ancestors may be taking over where they left off. It will all depend on what chapter one is all about.

The only other issue was a conversation between the prisoner and someone else:

“The sooner I get rid of you the better.”

“Aw don’t say that. I thought we was becoming friendly.”

“Just shut up and keep up.” 

This is where I lost who was speaking. Just make sure it's obvious and the reader won't be left wondering who is who anymore.

You have a good story and I wish you well in publishing it.
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Welcome Board - START HERE! / Hello
« Last post by MissyCat on September 25, 2021, 07:02:46 AM »
I write paranormal and fantasy romance. Someday I may try my hand at dark or bully romance without all the shapeshifters, vampires, gods, wolves, and such. But for now, I'm sticking with the odd and powerful. My moniker, MissyCat, comes from the name of my young Ragdoll cat who sits on the corner of my desk while I write. I am looking forward to learning a lot from this group and sharing at the same time. Thank you for accepting me.
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Writing Games & Challenges / Re: For Blog - and Twitter Followers
« Last post by HPvD on September 25, 2021, 04:34:57 AM »

Thanks for your responses,

Some time ago we did a (Twitter) Poll, and I discovered that many of you are active on Social Media,


http://hpshappywriting2.blogspot.com/2021/09/being-active-on-social-media-and.html






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Welcome Board - START HERE! / Re: Hi! I'm Lena.
« Last post by Nether on September 24, 2021, 02:56:31 PM »
Hi!
Finishing is always the hardest isn't it...

I used to think that, but apparently it's the everything else that happens after you finish a draft.  :-X

The revisions process seems more difficult than drafting a novel, and then begins the hard task of trying to get it published (or, in the case of self-publishing, the task of doing everything publishers usually handle, including marketing)

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Can I ask why the limit at 80k words? I'm guessing it has to do with the genre you're working on?

Yeah, genre. Unfortunately with my first novel, I didn't learn about the quotas per genre until I was nearly done with the novel... and was already a bit over the quotas. It was YA, so it should be 60-80k, and it wound up being 102k. When I went to query it anyway, every rejection that listed a non-boilerplate reason noted the length.

Then I also didn't realize the age thing when it comes to YA, and set my protagonist's age at 14 for dramatic reasons (and to justify keeping the content a bit cleaner), but apparently that's right at the cusp which also makes it a harder sell.

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Awesome about your series! What genre is it in?

YA paranormal thriller. I had said YA paranormal mystery (which may have also hurt me when querying), but mystery is a harder sell and technically it's more thriller than mystery. In the long-term, I'm thinking it might be 12-13 novels. The first three are more standalone with running continuity, the fourth (not yet drafted) novel is still roughly in that same vein although it sets up the next story arc, and then the next four would be more closely connected (culminating in a major event in book 8) and then the next 3 books would deal with the aftermath, and the final book will be set some years after the previous events.

I'm planning on writing the series regardless of whether it gets trade-published. I write pretty quickly, so I'd still be writing and querying other stuff. The big problem is just critique partners, betas, etc, which take time.

Beyond that, I write horror, fantasy, and then YA horror and paranormal. The WIP wound up being YA since I decided to try writing first-person present tense and the tone just went there. At some point, I might try writing MG/YA fantasy. I had always planned on just staying within the adult space except for that one series, but certain elements of my writing style (such as an emphasis on dialogue) seem a better fit for YA.

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Where are you from?

Various parts of America, mostly states on the East Coast.
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The Coffee Shop / Re: What Does - Your - Coffee Mug Look Like...?
« Last post by HPvD on September 24, 2021, 10:33:27 AM »
Mmmm, how about,

'Don't Spam during my Coffee Break' ?

Would that be something...?

I don't think it's much to go on, but

Thanks for your Comments anyway!

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