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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    I averaged 14K a day on my writing weekend in August


    I salute you! (I *have* done some looong "catchup" days on NaNo, but I could never manage that for more than, say, two days in a row!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheilaJG View Post
    I queried an agent in August, and got an automated response that they were closed to submissions until Sept. 1st. When I checked back in September, they had updated the website to say they were closed indefinitely. So I was really surprised when I got a response on Sunday saying they'd like to see my full.

    The problem? I sent the full, as requested, and got another automated response saying they were closed to submissions. Should I follow up? According to the boards here, this agent is taking 5 months on fulls. I would hate to wait that long only to find out my submission hit her spam folder. On the other hand, if my query got read despite the auto-response, maybe I should assume my full will be, too?
    hi Sheila. i saw your post on the agency thread and can tell you two things for sure about this agent, who has a full of mine right now. the first is that, from personal experience, she definitely receives AND reads emails that have been responded to with the auto-responder. AND that she is super, super sweet and understanding through all stages of correspondence. so if you would feel more comfortable resubbing, don't worry that she's going to be annoyed. when she requested, did she give you an alternate email address to send the full to? that's what she did with me. but even so, she's obviously very thorough with the emails, since she responded to your query even when she was closed to subs.

    anyway, congrats on the request!

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    Thanks Joy. The request came from her scout, without mention of an alternate email, just directions on how to title my word-compatible doc. She called my first 15 pages "hilarious" - so of course I love her now. Hee hee.

    I guess we'll be waiting together! Maybe, since she's closed again to queries, she can get through her stack of submissions faster. Here's hoping!
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    here's hoping, although she was closed all summer and it doesn't seem to have helped the people who have been waiting for 5+ months. she was actually only open for the first week of September. she seems committed to really taking her time, and i've heard she gives a lot of feedback, even on R's. so, it's good in the long run. in the meantime - hilarious is very encouraging!

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    Congrats, Sheila. Keeping good thoughts for you. That's really exciting news.

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    Yay for Sheila! Cupcake time!
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    Good luck, Sheila!
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    Thanks guys, I'll take all the luck I can get. And cupcakes, I never pass up cupcakes. Yum.
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    Just got Skullduggery Pleasant FREE on my Kindle

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheilaJG View Post
    She called my first 15 pages "hilarious" - so of course I love her now. Hee hee.

    Your first fifteen pages ARE hilarious! Good luck Sheila and congratulations on the full!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheG View Post
    Just got Skullduggery Pleasant FREE on my Kindle

    How did you get it free? I have been thinking about reading those books, but I won't pay for them!

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    Sheila, that is great news! I remember a couple months ago how discouraged you were -- I'm glad to hear that you stuck with it and things are looking up. It must feel so good to have someone in the business validate your talent. My fingers are crossed for you during this next step.
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    GOOD LUCK, SHEILA. Is this on Minion School? *bounces around*

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    Thanks, guys! Swachski - it's true, I was so depressed. I couldn't get the opening to where I wanted. Then one agent sent me a revise and resubmit, saying she thought the voice was trying too hard, so I tweaked and tweaked. I sent the new version out to a few other agents, to test it before I sent it back to the first agent - and I ended up with two full requests! What makes this exciting, for me, is that both of those queries included a good chunk of writing - 8 pages and 15 pages, and my writing didn't scare them off!

    Sage - yep, that's the one. My baby, born of Smish's writing prompt and lots and lots and lots of feedback here. Including yours!
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    Good luck, Sheila. You have a really great story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheilaJG View Post
    Sage - yep, that's the one. My baby, born of Smish's writing prompt and lots and lots and lots of feedback here. Including yours!
    I didn't know it came from a prompt. That's so cool

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    Good luck, Sheila! That's awesome!
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    I didn't know it came from a prompt. That's so cool
    That is pretty cool. Maybe I should start doing the prompts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    That is pretty cool. Maybe I should start doing the prompts...
    The novel MsJudy is querying now also began with a prompt, if I'm not mistaken. The prompts can be great sources of inspiration. And they're just lots of fun.

    Good luck, Sheila! You know how much I love those little minions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smish View Post
    The novel MsJudy is querying now also began with a prompt, if I'm not mistaken. The prompts can be great sources of inspiration.
    Yep, that's right. The very first one, in fact. I feel a bit guilty, never participating in another one since then, but once the idea came to me, the book just sort of took over. And now I'm working on another one in the same vein only more Gothic and creepy, plus I have a sequel planned if that should be desired...

    So, yeah. Dive into a prompt or two. You never know where it will lead!
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    Ha! We forgive you, Judy.

    For anyone interested, all the prompts can be found in this stickied thread.
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    The short story I have subbed to the SFF Anthology started out as a flash fiction prompt, but you'd never know from the original prompt how I got there, since along the way, there were two different novels involved

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    Hi all, I interviewed 47 4th-6th graders last week about the kinds of books they liked to read and about ebooks. I did a long post on the Project Mayhem blog, but I wanted to post a couple of things here I found interesting. Twenty-seven of forty-seven kids had read a book on an ereader, and seven of them had their own. Now this is an affluent school, but the numbers still surprised me. Also, I was pleasantly surprised that boys indicated they liked mysteries and historicals as some of their top choices. That wasn't what I expected.

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    Those numbers surprise me too, but it's kinda cool, I think.

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