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Offline RalucaB

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A Big Canadian Hello
« on: August 01, 2011, 12:44:50 AM »
Hi everyone! I've been on QT for 2 or so months now, but forgot to introduce myself! My name is Raluca Balasa and I'm from Ontario, Canada.

I've been writing (albeit badly) since I was thirteen. I'm nineteen now, hopefully a little better at crafting a story, and attending the University of Toronto. I'm so glad I found QT: a place where people won't poke and chide a dumb student's dream of publishing a novel!

My story is what I call dystopian SF, for lack of a better term. Unfortunately, I wrote it thinking, "I'm gonna write a book!", not "I'm gonna publish a book!". Thus it has turned out wayyyyyy too long for a debut novel... and it breaks all the rules that a debut novel apparently needs to follow. Who knew there were so many rules?
 
Will it get published? Probably not. But hey, at least I'm learning about queries for future attempts! And QT has been very helpful for that :)

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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 11:38:52 AM »
Hi Raluca!  :welcome:  Welcome officially, and karma to you.  ;D

Don't worry about this novel not fitting the debut rules -- write a new one, and later you can work on publishing this one under established writer rules.  :naughty:
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Offline RalucaB

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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 01:05:50 PM »
Thanks, Magic! I think that's my gameplan for now. I'll finish querying the agents on my list just for the heck of it :)

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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 01:15:42 PM »
Hi, Raluca! You gave me some great pointers on my query over in the query review thread, so I figured I'd officially say hello. ;D I'm also a university student trying to get a debut novel out there. :) Karma, and good luck!

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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 09:16:38 PM »
Hey

A fellow Canadian? I like it! :)

Welcome!

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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2011, 09:20:20 PM »
Hi Raluca.

Your first novel is usually all about learning how to write. I did the same thing, I wrote something that broke all the rules and it ended up a mess. Eventually I'm going to clean it up because I still think it's good, but in the mean time I wrote another novel and got an agent and hopefully I will be published in a year or two. That made it sound so easy, didn't it.  I should have said, in the mean time I sweated over my laptop day and night on my summers off (I work for a school district), slaved over a query for 3 months, sent it off and prayed the entire time, stressed over every request for a full or partial, and finally got an agent that had me do six months of revisions and now we are in the submission process where I want to tear my hair out and scream because I'm so uptight about it. This is so much fun, isn't it? Good luck and keep on writing.

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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2011, 06:47:50 PM »
hi Raluca - welcome to QT and karma to you.  The 1st novel's usually a good learning experience. :koolaid:
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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2011, 08:51:48 AM »
Hello from a fellow Canadian living in Boston. I think it's fantastic that you're only 19 and have already completed a novel.



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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2011, 08:06:14 PM »
Hi Raluca, you've made some great posts already!  Welcome!   
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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2011, 05:44:11 AM »
Hey there,

Greetings from Nova Scotia. Always happy to see another Canadian in the mix.
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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2011, 01:28:20 PM »
Hello! I'm from Montreal, Qc  :wave:
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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2011, 08:42:03 AM »
Hello! I'm from Montreal, Qc  :wave:

Hey, me too! :)

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Re: A Big Canadian Hello
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2011, 07:08:58 PM »
 :bear: Welcome
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