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    Great news, David. And good luck Emmet.

    (I'm going for short and snappy posts today )
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    Alas, poor Yorick, he fed me 'nanas DavidBrett's Avatar
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    Thanks Jed - since then, FIVE AGENTS on twitter have asked for a synopsis and the first chapter from a small tweet-pitch comparing it to 'X-Files for kids'.

    So happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBrett View Post
    Thanks Jed - since then, FIVE AGENTS on twitter have asked for a synopsis and the first chapter from a small tweet-pitch comparing it to 'X-Files for kids'.

    So happy!

    Dave
    Awesome! I told Ben and he said Alright!!
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    That IS awesome, David. Good luck with it. Hopefully they'll have a bidding war!

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    That's so exciting, David! Shows you have a good premise to work on, no matter what happens next.
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    Very exciting! Good luck, David, and fingers crossed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBrett View Post
    Thanks Jed - since then, FIVE AGENTS on twitter have asked for a synopsis and the first chapter from a small tweet-pitch comparing it to 'X-Files for kids'.

    So happy!

    Dave
    Wow, Dave, that's fantastic! Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidBrett View Post
    Thanks Jed - since then, FIVE AGENTS on twitter have asked for a synopsis and the first chapter from a small tweet-pitch comparing it to 'X-Files for kids'.

    So happy!

    Dave
    That is awesome. Congrats again.

    Should I be doing this 'twitter' thing? Sounds like a good idea. How did it work? Me is curious.
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    Well, I mostly follow authors, agents, publishers and readers/reviewers of MG,.so whenever I see a tweet from one of them along the lines of 'ask an agent' or 'pitch your novels!' I jump at the chance!

    Also, like on here, most MG authors are extremely friendly and sociable - I talk to three of my current favourite authors regularly; they're a great source of inspiration, knowledge and encouragement.

    So in short, yes. EVERY author - published or aspiring - should be 'doing this Twitter thing' It's the perfect platform to promote, socialise, and get in touch with your fans - even if you don't have time to write emails back. A short tweet thanking readers goes a looooong way.

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    I don't "tweet," mostly because I have this superpower and I don't want the rest of the world to know about it. And that superpower is the ability to write really stupid things that I think are charming and cute only to find out later I'm a huge dork. So, I shall remain anonymous.
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    So, if I got a tweeter account, would I then have to inform people of what I ate for breakfast?

    Yeah, I may think about getting one. I have a facebook account, although I haven't bothered with it for a long time. Maybe I should, I dunno.
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    The amount of detail you go into is entirely up to you. Me, I just use Twitter to network, make jokes about TV shows I'm watching, and generally make light of my otherwise boring life :p
    Mr Stuffenfluff - My FIRST attempt at horror for over a decade. Feedback welcome!

    Authors warn me writing children's books is a lot of work - signings, school events, literary festivals, a blog, etc. I always reply "I WANT THAT!"

    I don't claim to be a professional (yet). I just try and help others when and where I can.

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    I use FB daily, but so far haven't tweeted. If you were planning on using a pen name, would you want to have an account that reflected that first?

    And, I have no smart appliances. I have a dumb phone and a laptop. Not as convienent. Though, I think I'm getting a Kindle for Christmas. <crosses fingers>
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    I had my Twitter account made for me, so had no control over it being named after my non-professional inbound handle (SympleSymon, my MSN and webcomic username). But you can change the main name you're recognised by whatever you want at any time.

    So my tweets come up as: David B Andrews (@SympleSymon)
    Mr Stuffenfluff - My FIRST attempt at horror for over a decade. Feedback welcome!

    Authors warn me writing children's books is a lot of work - signings, school events, literary festivals, a blog, etc. I always reply "I WANT THAT!"

    I don't claim to be a professional (yet). I just try and help others when and where I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura J View Post
    I use FB daily, but so far haven't tweeted. If you were planning on using a pen name, would you want to have an account that reflected that first?

    And, I have no smart appliances. I have a dumb phone and a laptop. Not as convienent. Though, I think I'm getting a Kindle for Christmas. <crosses fingers>
    I've tweeted about 12 times in two years precisely for this reason. I think you need a smart-phone to do it effectively. I check in from time to time, and I use it as a way to keep track of the tweeters who I'm interested in. I do plan on engaging more this year, but we shall see. Generally when I'm on my computer I am writing. quan lot thoi trang shop do so sinh ban si quan ao ban buon quan ao cac loai chup anh san pham
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    Talking

    I mostly retweet people I'm following. That seems to make people like you. And I need lots of friends because I'm so insecure.

    I can't even get that stupid green grin to come out where I want it. That's the real reason I don't tweet.

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    I could use a couple of opinions/insight. I've read quite a bit of MG and have noticed that both first and third pov are used frequently. But which do you guys think is more effective in the genre?

    My WIP is currently in third, and I think I'm more comfortable with it. But there are times I think the MS would work better in first. Decisions decisions

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    It really just depends on the writer and the story being told, A.C. Neither is automatically more effective than the other. I tend to write in first person, present tense. It's what comes naturally to me.

    If you prefer third person, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, if I had to guess, the majority of MG novels are probably still written in third person, past tense.
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    I think it depends a great deal on the sort of story you're telling. Present tense adds a sense of immediacy, but it can make things tricky when you need to show the passage of time without narrating every little frickin detail. First person gives more chance for the character's voice and personality to shine, but it can be hard to stay consistent and still give the reader all the important details. Third person, past tense is more traditional and often more accessible for novice readers.

    Imagine an epic adventure like Lord of the Rings written in first person.... It just wouldn't sound the same.

    But imagine Catcher in the Rye in third person. What would be the point?

    Personally, I think it comes down to the focus you want to create. If the character has a strong voice and a quirky personality, then first person would make the most of it. Third person offers you more control, a bit more distance, a bit more ability to be the narrator and show things the character might not perceive or admit to at the time.
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    I should have said this before now, but thank you both. It helped me to follow my gut and go with third person. I truly appreciate all of the insight given on this message board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheilaJG View Post
    I don't "tweet," mostly because I have this superpower and I don't want the rest of the world to know about it. And that superpower is the ability to write really stupid things that I think are charming and cute only to find out later I'm a huge dork. So, I shall remain anonymous.
    So I took the plunge and I now have a twitter account. Haven't tweeted anything yet except a re-tweet of a funny video. I will happily follow any of you who have accounts (I've found a couple of you so far).

    I have 6 followers. Yes, 6! If I reach double digits, I may just faint. If any of you want to follow me, beware, I don't know where I'm going and I always get lost. (see - dorky! What am I thinking, putting my idiocy on parade?)
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    Sheila - are you sheilajg on Twitter, also? I hope so, because I'm following you now. If it isn't you, someone else is going to think I'm a weirdo.

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    I'm @SheilaGrau, I think someone else is SheilaJG. So, I guess you made a new friend! I put a little link thingy in my signature. Hopefully, that helps.
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    Darn, you found me first. I thought using my webcomic username would hide me
    Mr Stuffenfluff - My FIRST attempt at horror for over a decade. Feedback welcome!

    Authors warn me writing children's books is a lot of work - signings, school events, literary festivals, a blog, etc. I always reply "I WANT THAT!"

    I don't claim to be a professional (yet). I just try and help others when and where I can.

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    My agent says that MG is coming back in a big way. I hope he's right! I'm currently on sub with one that is first person, present-tense, girl POV and magical realism, and I am almost done with a second that is first person, past-tense, boy POV and issue/coming of age.

    My worry is alienating readers - sure, it's good to be versatile, but how different is too different? Sigh. I feel like the answer always varies.
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