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Offline Legionsynch

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Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« on: October 23, 2007, 07:07:10 PM »
So there's a Livejournal community for writers of urban fantasy.  Most of them are up and comers (though you've also got the Melissa Marrs, Holly Blacks, etc).  Anyway, starting tomorrow, many of those authors, who have managed to successfully get an agent and all that, are going to start posting their successful query letters so the rest of us can take a gander.

Even if it's not your genre, I figure it's a good chance for people to take a look at what worked for some people. :)

Here's the link to the post:

http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/198446.html

And the main community is at:

http://community.livejournal.com/fangs_fur_fey/
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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2007, 07:14:24 PM »
Thanks Lege, that should be very interesting.

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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2007, 08:23:13 PM »
Oohh...VERY exciting!  for the tip Lege.

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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2007, 08:38:43 PM »
Thanks, Lege. I'm not worried about my query. It's the writing I'm hoping will sell my ms. My query's working.

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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2007, 08:43:05 PM »
maybe you should post yours JW!
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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2007, 09:49:45 PM »
I just posted it to give people some ideas of what else has worked out there, specifically by some of the bigger names in the genre.  People that were where we are, and a look back at how they got there.

That's all.  It has no bearing on any of us, or any of our queries, except what we choose to take out of it.  Just another resource to be assimilated and used to help better ourselves if we choose to do so.   
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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2008, 04:33:57 AM »
I'm with JustWrite. I really think my query letter's pretty good. I'm just worried that the agents are going to look on my novel itself as a pile of steaming...compost.

I tried selling this one, novel #2, a couple years ago. I got several requests for the full manuscript and some praise-containing rejections for my writing, but at the end of the day they were, alas, rejections. Now, after something of a hiatus where I actually worked a real job and wrote a couple other novels, I'm trying again on novel #2. I still like the novel -- when I'm not curled up into a nail-biting fetal ball (like right now), that is.

And I've been out of work for almost two and a half months and I'm running out of money. I haven't gotten a single interview, and that's not helping the fetal ball-ness.

Sorry. Rambling.

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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2008, 04:54:20 AM »
hang in there, karatebum.  i was 8months out of work when i found QT and these kind folks helped my spirits tremendously.

i ended up being unemployed for 10months and 5 days, and it was sheer hell - i feel your pain.  truly, the wit,  compassion and sense of solidarity around here made it semi-bearable.

good luck.
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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2008, 02:44:12 AM »
I hope it's not going to be 10 months. I only have enough savings and unemployment to pay my mortgage and bills for about another 2 months, so I have to find an income before then. I don't want to even think about losing my house. I have nowhere else to go.

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Re: Successful Urban Fantasy Queries
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2008, 07:41:26 AM »
oh - karatebum!  i was there.  trust me when i say, panic does NOT help.  one thing that worked for me was to work as a temp - sadly i waited until i was at the end of my savings to do it, which put me in a bad situation.  you might want to consider it now, while you still have some padding.  being around other people and having an income of some sort is very helpful for relieving panic.

others might have other advice.
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