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Jeff Potts

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Jeff Potts last won the day on December 21 2019

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  1. You know, in accordance with this thread, I have a piece of useless information stuck in my brain from my college days. I did a report on Jack the Ripper, and one of the subjects I investigated was if any of his victims could have been under anesthesia when he was doing his business. Anesthesia was actually developed in the 1830s or the 1850s, Ether being the substance they used. It wasn't generally used during the Civil War, at least on the battlefield, given that it was a very exacting process (you can kill someone with Ether), and because they were lopping off limbs at a lightning pace, there was no time to apply the anesthesia. In a remote setting, anesthesia probably wouldn't have been used. This was more of a surgeon's trick, and not a general practitioner. In the cities, however, it probably would have been in use in places like major hospitals.
  2. I know that. But the paragraphs in question are redundant, and overkill as it relates to the character.
  3. Nah. I've been asking around with people in comics, many of whom self-publish. I'm gathering a list of reputable places to target. The only thing I really have to shell out big money for is editing, artwork, and marketing.
  4. Sorry for the rant. 😃 I get "triggered" for days after I see those agent "wish lists."
  5. I might point out that two of them were self-published, then picked up at a later time. The question I keep asking myself is: why am I bothering to get an agent? If I go that route, it could be another 2 years before my manuscript is published. And there are SO many strikes against my book when it comes to traditional publishing, I don't foresee it being picked up at all. I might get lucky and have a religions imprint take it, but I doubt it. I'm not waiting 10 years, and 100 rejection before I get this thing published, especially when I have the means to fund it myself. I know I have something when my wife is all in for the costs of self-publishing. She's a reader. She works in the school library. She knows what gets published. She does the bills. She's read the book. She's not going to lay out hundreds, if not potentially thousands, of dollars for something she knows is a dog. But I can't put that in a query letter, or a submission.
  6. As a guy who deals with non-compete clauses all of the time, any vague or indefinite NDNC clauses will literally be thrown out. Just because you sign a contract, doesn't mean you can't make a living off of your own work.
  7. No. I've been through several surgeries. It's different than sleep. With sleep, you can kind of feel an "out time," where you can sort of remember a space of time that you were sleeping, even if you don't dream. But surgery? You're out, and then you're awake (and in pain). Like the snap of a finger. The latter is quicker and more abrupt than the former.
  8. It is "nice speak." They either didn't read it, met their quota of manuscripts, or it doesn't fit their "wish list." Don't even get me started on this. I'm having the same issue. I keep track of my submissions, and have an "expiration date" for each submission. It tells me when to move on from the agent / publisher in question. At present, I have five agents that will expire on October 1st. This means I submitted, and they just didn't bother to respond. I've had a couple that come back right away. One said she decided to not take on any more clients, despite the fact that her website said she was open for submissions. And two came back with one of the form letters you received. The rest? No response. ALL of my submissions have been to agents whose sites said they were open to submissions, and were aligned with what they were looking for. Though, some of them were vague. The fact is, it isn't the rejections that has me utterly demoralized, or even the non-rejection limbo that I have to deal with. It's the agent wish lists. There are few agents that will deal with Christian, or Christian-like Fantasy because it is outside the bounds of what they deal with. And the secular stuff? Pffth! After reading their wish lists, I might as well not bother. There is no way they are going to pick me up as a client. Period. And it isn't just a handful of agents / publishers with these wish lists, it's the majority of them. Once you see a few keywords, you figure out quickly that you might as not well not submit or query. It's just another response that won't come. I know what you're dealing with, @Shamrock. If I don't have an agent or a publisher by mid-December, I'm self-publishing.
  9. Supposedly Laube (Laub?) sold it off. I've thought about submitting to him as well, but I'm getting a little jaded about agents at this point. On October 1st, five of the agents I submitted to are coming off my list, and I may think about going to him. Ands it's already edited down far enough (though I'm thinking about cutting an additional 5 paragraphs). I am hesitant to making any more cuts. The pacing and the story are pretty tight.
  10. Their submission page said that a book would not be considered unless it met all of the requirements. The story is tight enough as is, and I'm roughly 1.5K words shy. I can't see adding another chapter just to meet some arbitrary requirement. And, of course, just a general query to see if anyone here has had some bad experiences with them.
  11. I'm half-tempted to query. They supposedly have a hard minimum of 75,000, but the book I'm submitting is 73,000+. Thoughts anyone?
  12. I think we can conclude that what makes a good villain is about a multi-faceted as what makes a good protagonist. I always thought Sauron was a great villain, and Gollum. One, you never actually saw, but only experienced through the narrative. The other was up-close, treacherous, even when he didn't want to be. I have three villains in the series that I'm writing. Each one represents a different thing. Edit: And all of them have handlebar moustaches...
  13. What makes a good villain? Handlebar moustache. Just sayin'.
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