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Jeff Potts

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  1. What is the message of the book? That, above all things, should guide the plot.
  2. You can also use beta readers to verify whether or not you should remove sections of text suggested by an editor. What the editor thinks the reader wants, and what the reader actually wants are often two separate things.
  3. Were you there. Which is exactly what you were doing. I don't know who said "Where you there?" was correct, but they were either licking toads at the time, or consuming mushrooms.
  4. There are two publishers cited with Mike Duran's work on Amazon. One is Realms, the other is Blue Crescent Press. I cannot find either on the Internet. So either they've both gone defunct, or these are the business names under which he self-publishes his books. He seems big enough to start his own publisher, so that's probably what he's done for business reasons. But, by all accounts, it looks like he's been self-publishing. When I said "that won't happen," I was referring to your comment about going through "mainstream publishers." I don't want this t
  5. Trust me, that won't happen. Look at their wish lists. They're not interested.
  6. Then you have a better chance of getting published than including them.
  7. With or without Christian themes or references?
  8. Prologues should be rare, and should only cover ancillary (but important) information. The best I have ever read was the prologue to A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. It covered The Others - who were supposed to be the main protagonist - but without directly involving any main characters. The events in there are re-referenced in the actual story during the execution of the deserter (who is a character in the prologue). It tied the Others to the story, set out the existential threat AND got the reader's interest before the story went down some pretty incon
  9. Nope. My experiences can be summed up here: What is the genre you're looking to get published?
  10. @ShamrockHow many agents have you contacted that want a marketing plan?
  11. The way I read Aslan is that he is good, but a lion is still a lion. Revelation shows that to be true. But you need go no further than an oppressive regime to see where Christians are dangerous. The FIRST people they go after are Christians, because the ruler or the state will tolerate it's citizens to have no other loyalty than to them.
  12. Oooohhhh, I like that description.
  13. Especially when you realize that most of them haven't bothered to read your query. You want to know what more soul-crushing? Submitting a manuscript, getting a standardized rejection and having the agent add, "You are very talented." It only confirmed what I already suspected.
  14. As I've discovered, that line is slightly blurred. But to answer the question, it's "small presses." As far as endeavoring to persevere...my thoughts at this point is that I'm just going through the motions, and that I'll be left self-publishing anyways. This book is part of a series (strike #1), incorporates Christian themes (string #2), and I'm an unpublished author (strike #3). Despite what some of these agents and publishers say, they want a sure thing, and this ain't it. Before I started this process, my wife - who read the manuscript - thought for sure someone
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