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Ebenstone

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

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  1. Ebenstone

    SPACE OPERA: It will ROCK YOU IN THE FACE

    I want to love this book, but in the end, it fell way short of my expectations. It read like mediocre Douglas Adams fanfic. The ending was rushed and hackneyed.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    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.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    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!)
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    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.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    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.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    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.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    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.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Okay, I hate doing this, but DM that stuff please or make arrangements to crit off board. This isn't the spot for this!
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    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!
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    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.
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    He called you "chief."
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    The Crippled God has a fan in UCLA linebacker Deon Hollins just talked about it for about 45 seconds during Fox's pregame show. 
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    Official Blatant but Honest Self Promotion Thread

    Yes to all of this. It's how I got my agent. It took forever. Publishing moves at only a slightly faster pace than a glacier. I'll just amend this. I don't think subbing to publishers, especially smaller presses, is all bad. I submitted to Pyr and was in the door (thanks to my first agent) at Thomas Dunne without an agent but I made sure to mention that they were under submission at those places when I queried agents. The thinking is that if the publisher likes your book enough to like it, you can then get your agent. (I think this is how Jon Sprunk or Brent Weeks did it, but don't hold me to it.) Getting an agent is the way to go, in my eyes...but patience is the key.
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    The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    I figured it was a cannon. I just wasn't sure. I really liked the book. One of my favorites of the year so far.
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    The Traitor Son Cycle by Miles Cameron

    Can someone tell me something....what was the blacksmith making? I feel like that was important, yet I couldn't figure it out.
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