Ms. Shira Hoffman

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

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Ms. Shira Hoffman

McIntosh & Otis, Inc.

353 Lexington Avenue, 15th floor
New York, NY 10016


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Mar 26, 2014 9:18 pm, C_Chap said...
Hey Turhan - I'm a bit like you. I read a comment from an agent recently that said "If you are an impatient person, publishing is probably not for you." Haha, that spoke volumes to me!

I also submitted a question to an agent in a Q&A the other day about publishing and royalties, and basically, with the time lag between getting picked up and the book actually being published, there is a REALLY long time (maybe shorter for ebook-only publications??)... and also any advance might be released slowly (in bits), so that it's virtually impossible to give up your day job to write (everyone's dream, right?)... so I'm also thinking about going back to the idea of self publishing after this round of queries is finished. I'm still awaiting a majority of responses.
Mar 24, 2014 4:49 am, Turhan said...
EQ 3/6/2014

NA Fantasy 'Don't Let The Demons Eat Your Heart'

Just a personal comment here. Whenever I look back at queries/synopses/chapters that I send to agents that are pasted into the body of the email, it makes all the hard work of 'pacing' the story and the 'voice' seem non-existent. I really feel as though it doesn't do the 'story' justice. I don't know what ya'll think.

ETA: Thanx everyone for your responses. All your points are very good ones and I really appreciate the feedback. I've discovered a little about myself recently, in that, I'm impatient, (nothing to do with my original comment about how the query etc is seen in the body of the email) that said, I think I'm going to self publish and just move on with writing the 2nd book in the trilogy. Yes I'd like a 'contract' and the chance to earn some money for my work but at the same time, I really love the creative process of writing (this is my 1st book) and the way I'm looking at it now is that I'll let the 'reading public' decide my fate/destiny over the next several years as I produce more books/novels.

I'm in the process of paying for a cover by Laura Gordon and once that's completed I will go ahead and put my novel up on Amazon kindle. Wish me Luck! :) and I hope that you guys aren't as impatient as I am and keep putting out those queries, there's an agent out there that will see the magic in your words, good luck!
Mar 11, 2014 5:38 pm, Thulsa_doom said...
That's a good point C-Chap. I buy pretty much everything on Kindle now.

My most recent reply came from an agent reading on her iPad, which I'm assuming anybody who buys book off the Apple Store is going to read on. And they're a pretty big shopfront.

I have a feeling that a lot of manuscripts are supplied digitally when shopped around. It might be an added thing to think about, but avoiding "Walls Of Text" - ideally a given - is much more of a pressing issue when you know your book might be read by people on an electronic screen.
Mar 11, 2014 3:35 pm, C_Chap said...
That's an interesting theory I've never thought of or considered. However, if a novel doesn't read well electronically, doesn't that remove a whole bunch of publishing opportunities?
Mar 11, 2014 6:55 am, Jennifer13 said...
Turhan, if you feel that your novel reads better on paper, you might consider snail mailing your queries and sample chapters. These days, it appears that people are emailing more than snail mailing them because of the cost and effort involved, so the time to get a response isn't as bad as it once was. I've gone through a snail mail only submission process years ago, back when it was considered wrong to email a query. It is time-consuming. But, if you feel this is the best way to present your story, it will be worth it in the long run.

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