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  1. I like Greye, because it has the word "eye" in it, which has associations with the noir genre - private eye, spy, etc. I do think it would need to be a code name and not an alias. As others have mentioned, it does stand out.
  2. I was the query trenches for two years before I got a deal. It's a long and often discouraging process! @Shamrock has some good advice. I'd say be sure you read up on an agent/agency/publisher's requirements before you submit. Some want a query letter, others want a full proposal (even for fiction - previously this was often only used for nonfiction). All of them will have different requirements for what is in the query or proposal, so you can't really have a standard query letter to send to everyone. I must have 30 different versions of my queries/proposals saved.
  3. I’d say yes! I’ll also say, having been a high schooler with a similar vivid imagination once upon a time, that God has taught me that although my mind creates a story - boom - out of the blue, it’s not always the story He wants me to write. Sometimes I have to walk away from it. I’ve learned to approach my writing very prayerfully. Otherwise I get lost in fictional places with fictional people where and with whom God doesn’t want me hanging out!
  4. Agree with the majority here! I also like Lost Daughter of the Sea.
  5. Happy Birthday, @Alley!!! Here's some birthday cookies!!!
  6. Now that IS a hook!! Amish romance meets murder mystery
  7. @Johne beat me to it, but 3rd person omniscient is a little out of fashion, but what is fashion if not cyclical? Just keep at it. For reference, I remember listening to a lecture by Brandon Sanderson where he talked about how to keep secrets from the reader when using third-person limited. He recommended simply having the character drag their thoughts away from the twist every time it was starting to surface - as people tend to do when they don't want to think about something they don't like. You can hint a little more each time, letting the thoughts linger a bit, until you're rea
  8. Ooh! I taught this lesson in my classes for several years! The antagonist of a story may take four forms, leading to these four permutations of plot: Man vs. Society Man vs. Self Man vs. Man Man vs. Nature Of course a story may have more than one of these mixed in, leading to subplots.
  9. I have an idea kind of like that, but I haven't worked on it much yet. Although, I don't think it would be considered "a story within a story". More like two main characters who don't cross paths until much later. It's a challenge, but I think writing this way can make certain stories a lot richer, since you see two very different realities and stories until they converge later on.
  10. Agree with @suspensewriter. It can be hard to do, but I love it when we slowly learn about a character's backstory as the story progresses.
  11. I believe they say Rodriguez y Suarez, rather than using the dash. “Y”, pronounced “eee”, is the Spanish word for “and”. So Rodriguez y Suarez de Sanchez. @carolinamtnecorrect me if I’m wrong!
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