Ebenstone

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    I Am The Doom of Valyria
  • Birthday 02/25/1973

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  1. Alright, I don't know if this is the right spot for this, but I've submitted my novel, WINTER'S DISCORD, to Swoon Reads. It's basically a try out for my book and I need people to read and review. I'm including the link in the hopes that some of you will head over, register (it literally takes five minutes) and give WINTER a gander. I think it's a damn fine book. It's YA but I think it's got cross over potential. Think WESTEROS 90210, GAME OF THRONES by way of Degrassi, The Gilmore Girls In Krynn. If I get good reviews, there is a chance I could get a contract, so your help in this would be greatly appreciated. https://www.swoonreads.com/m/winters-discord/ Thanks and mods, if I've committed a faux pas by posting this in two different topics, please delete the one most inappropriate. Thanks.
  2. Alright, I don't know if this is the right spot for this, but I've submitted my novel, WINTER'S DISCORD, to Swoon Reads. It's basically a try out for my book and I need people to read and review. I'm including the link in the hopes that some of you will head over, register (it literally takes five minutes) and give WINTER a gander. I think it's a damn fine book. It's YA but I think it's got cross over potential. Think WESTEROS 90210, GAME OF THRONES by way of Degrassi, The Gilmore Girls In Krynn. If I get good reviews, there is a chance I could get a contract, so your help in this would be greatly appreciated. https://www.swoonreads.com/m/winters-discord/ (I'm posting this in the promo topic as well, mods, if I've committed a faux pas, please delete which one is the most inappropriate. Thanks!)
  3. I've been waffling on Pitch Wars. I've been getting some play on the MS I'm going to use....I'm just not sure.
  4. I've been getting major heat on the project you pseudo-betaed for me a while back, to my shocking surprise. I didn't think that'd be the one that got people's attention.
  5. Never really had trouble copying and pasting from Word to Gmail, it shows up perfectly formatted for me most of the time. Even when it's wonky it's still acceptably formatted.
  6. Here's the weird week that should show you how weird the publishing industry is: -Last week I got a requested rewrite from a small publisher for one project. Not super heavy lifting either. Puts the 90s ski epic I was trying (and struggling) to write on the backburner. I'm cautiously optimistic. -Monday I got a request for a whole from a project that I'd sort of abandoned. The query was 76 days old, so that's a good thing. -Yesterday I for a request for another whole from another project that I'd sent out on a lark. That query was less than 3 weeks old. -Yesterday I also got a rejection on a query from the Monday project, query was about the same age too, where it appeared like the agent ripped into my book. Rereading the letter, it was just his rejection letter stating "common mistakes" then listing a bunch of suggested HOW TO books. So, the message here is never give up.
  7. Okay, I hate doing this, but DM that stuff please or make arrangements to crit off board. This isn't the spot for this!
  8. Hey folks.... I've challenged myself to finish a novelette I'd been toying with for years before the end of this year. Between firing my agent and this election, I've been completely jammed up. I've started and stopped four separate projects since June. So I've dedicated myself to doing two things in the remaining 15 days of 2016: Finish the PENSIONER'S BROOCH, the novelette I just mentioned, in 15 days. Research and start planning a Roaring 20s wizard novel I'm describing as Harry Potter meets The Great Gatsby. Natch, I looked back at my BROOCH notes and rewrote the outline I had for it and now it's more of a novella and I'm giving myself until the end of 2016 to finish it. So, wish me luck!
  9. Quick, weird story to share. Thursday was a #PitMad day on Twitter, meaning you can pitch your novel to agents and editors in a tweet. So I participated since I am now a free agent. Got two hits, which is pretty good. One of the hits was from an agent for an agency that I would LOVE to be part of their client list (lots of SFF names and lots of good deals in their portfolio). He's a relatively new agent, which means he's building his list. He also has the same exact name as the protagonist of my SEASONS OF DESTINY series. Karma? Who knows...I can hope.
  10. Well, earlier this month I had to do one of the hardest things ever...I fired my agent. I won't get into sordid details here, but it's not a fun thing to do. So now I'm back in the query pool with a new project. The good news is that I've already gotten two positive responses from my first wave of queries. As for writing, the whole upheaval kind of threw a monkey wrench in the YA thriller I was writing and I've only managed about 12k for the month, which stinks because I only needed about 20k to finish. There's still three days left in the month, so maybe I can make a run, though I doubt it. After I finish the thriller, I'm either going to revise a contemporary novel I wrote or bust out a new fantasy idea that's brewing in my head. It's not the traditional fantasy I was toying with, but something for tweens or youngish YA. We'll see. I have to finish the thriller first.
  11. I did a reread of book one along with Tor.com on my blog. It doesn't hold up as well as I'd hope, BUT there's some stuff there that you can see what they were trying to do with the story. It was the first of it's kind and you could see where they were struggling how to balance the RPG/storytelling elements. I started doing WINTER'S NIGHT too but stopped somewhere along the way with intents of getting back into it.
  12. You post your work for critique and then get your ass up in the air when someone actually critiques it. Then you go on a tear calling anyone that disagrees with your belief that it's amazing piece of literature is some kind of troglodyte.
  13. This LITERALLY made me laugh out loud. You poor little snowflake.
  14. And they'll be plenty of people lining up to sue JK....Ursula LeGuin at the forefront.
  15. He asks for opinions, in the wrong place, and then gets defensive because someone told him he's not a special little snowflake. I merely sigh.