Oct 31 2009

November 1 Links

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3 Responses to “November 1 Links”

  1. Holliequon 31 Oct 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I thought the air traffic controller one sounded amusing… D:

    Also, I found this line:

    Namely, “Children and teenagers are YOUNG. Being YOUNG is not the same thing as being a MORON.”

    …really, really hilarious.

  2. B. Macon 31 Oct 2009 at 8:37 pm

    A few people reviewing my queries have accused me of treating teens as morons. That is especially disconcerting because I’m barely old enough to legally drink alcohol and I feel comfortable making C-SPAN jokes on a website aimed at teens. If anything, my writing is far more stuffy (“disconcerted”) than patronizing (slang like “sup, dudes!”). Hopefully it’s obvious that I find my prospective readers intelligent and capable–if not, offering advice would be pointless.

    I think the issue is that the reviewers feel my query didn’t offer a “what’s in it for me?” benefit for readers. Or at least not a benefit superior to the superhero writing advice currently on the market. In the future, I’ll explain it more clearly.

  3. Mr. Briton 01 Nov 2009 at 5:01 am

    I found this list of things not to put in a query letter hilarious. Of particular note was ‘a comedic story about a pedophile’. Sounds like a bestseller to me….

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