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Pete B

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  1. Wes, thank you. Lot to think about. (not harsh at all!)
  2. The simple house was typical of those in the area. The walls of the small, two-room structure were fashioned out of roughly-hewn dark basalt coated with mud and straw. One half of the austere structure served as living quarters for the owner and his wife. This room was covered by a sturdy platform that served as its roof, a patchwork of thick straw mats coated with clay resting on a network of branches, which in turn sat on the heavy timbers anchored to the top of the house's walls. Two goats and one underfed cow paced around in the home's second room, which was a roofless duplicate of the mai
  3. Thanks for the thoughtful replies. Nice people on this platform.
  4. Seems like you could weave an interesting backstory about a Mexican guy being named after jacques cousteau.
  5. For me, it has to come from the characters and their actions, reactions, and experiences. Even the antagonist's actions & words can show God at work. I've written about "imperfect" people being selected by God for a purpose they don't initially understand. Happens all the time in the Bible! Without overtly mentioning it (you know, the old "show don't tell" ) I try to show how the Spirit moves characters when they don't even know they're being moved.
  6. Hello. Looking for advice from more experienced/knowledgeable authors. I've written a novel about a man who loses his faith but recovers it through the intervention of Christ who's returned in the person of a homeless man. The venues through which I'm pitching this work call for references to "comparable" novels. I've looked through works of Jerry Jenkins, Creston Mapes, Alton Gansky, Frank Peretti, etc, but can't find any that I'd say are "similar". So I guess I have 2 questions: 1) Is it really important to reference "comparable" novels (when the query format asks for it)?
  7. What the message said: "your project does not appear to be a fit for us at this time, and so we will have to pass." What I read: "Not only is your book lame, but you have a lot of nerve expecting anyone to like it. You should register your typing fingers as lethal weapons and have your manuscript hermetically sealed and dropped into the deepest part of the ocean. Then, destroy your computer and disassemble the desk on which you created this travesty." Actually, I think I handled this quite well.
  8. For me it's about the characters. If I care about what happens next to/with/for a character- whether I love or hate them- is what makes stories for me. Can't remember who said this, but I read a long time ago how people don't remember stories, they remember characters. I remember Atticus Finch, Don Corleone, George and Lenny, Tom Joad... and at the end of those books, I missed them.
  9. Everyone- THANK YOU so much for the thoughtful responses. I've found that reading things aloud makes a big difference. I do see how putting the work aside for a time makes a lot of sense, and that length of time probably varies from person to person. I've found that it took me a couple of weeks plus immersing into a new project to shake loose of the book calling me from the drawer. I think the trick for me will be to wait until it stops calling. I hear it right now, as a matter of fact, so I probably haven't waited long enough. Have a blessed day, everyone!
  10. Thanks for the feedback. I've done 2nd and 3rd drafts, and left it alone for a a couple of weeks in between, immersing myself into an unrelated project- so I think I'm on track with the suggestions.
  11. Looking for guidance on proofreading & editing. I have a novel (~75k words) and I want to have it scrubbed by professional. So, I'd appreciate any advice on: - cost. what is reasonable for proofing? editing? - recommendations- any services you may have had success with - above all, how does the process work? Thanks. I've only been in this group a few days and already can see there is a friendly "spirit" here!
  12. Well, as the immortal Groucho once said, "I'd never want to join a club that would have a guy like me for a member"
  13. I went into this with no delusions about making money, and so far I'm on track for that. (Made enough so far to treat myself to a nice bottle of Brunello, but that's about it). Did indie stuff thru Smashwords & KDP. Made my stuff free whenever I could because my goal has been to have as many readers as possible. Now I have a new goal: I want to see a real (physical!) book with my name on it on a shelf in a book store (i.e., one that I didn't sneak in there myself).
  14. I do have Skype (on my mac) but haven't used it. I'll make sure it works.
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