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New author for smack dab in the middle of the country

Started by JotAndTitle, January 08, 2024, 12:14 PM

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JotAndTitle

Hello all,

My name is Ryan Pretz, and I just joined SCBWI, Nebraska Region, this weekend.

I started my writing journey a little over two years ago and after finishing it, editing/rewriting it nearly 20 times find myself at the step I honestly was unprepared for, finding an agent/publishing house.

My wife, through a God-breathed interaction, met up with a member of SCBWI who had a gathering this last weekend and it was eye-opening to say the least.

I hope to glean, and help with the gleaning, of many of the fine people here on this message board and in the SCBWI group.

Thank you ahead of time of any of the, possibly silly, questions I may pose.

Ryan Stephen Pretz
https://twitter.com/JotandTitle
https://www.instagram.com/jot_and_title/
Blog and website: Talesfromthehereafter.com


David Wright

Welcome Ryan  :dancer

Finding agents/publishers is an adventure in and of itself. :)

One note though: Make sure you've gotten serious feedback before approaching that next step. Your work needs to be as polished as possible when you submit it and friends and family seldom give you the constructive criticism you need.

You have a great looking website. Love your wry humor.

But as a simple example of my earlier comment: other writers might raise questions like 'Do you need "she scolded" within that first bit of dialogue in Old Woman when we already knew she was scowling? Does the dialogue tag offer more to the reader?'

Whether you make further changes to your document is always up to you. But sometimes those questions help you rethink a scene. They certainly have for me.

Dave

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JotAndTitle

Quote from: David Wright on January 08, 2024, 12:58 PMWelcome Ryan  :dancer

Finding agents/publishers is an adventure in and of itself. :)

One note though: Make sure you've gotten serious feedback before approaching that next step. Your work needs to be as polished as possible when you submit it and friends and family seldom give you the constructive criticism you need.

You have a great looking website. Love your wry humor.

But as a simple example of my earlier comment: other writers might raise questions like 'Do you need "she scolded" within that first bit of dialogue in Old Woman when we already knew she was scowling? Does the dialogue tag offer more to the reader?'

Whether you make further changes to your document is always up to you. But sometimes those questions help you rethink a scene. They certainly have for me.

Dave

Thank you for the tips. The short little story on the website was a part that was pulled out of my first draft since it really didn't fit after I had to butchered (in the wholesome, family friendly, way) my first manuscript - due to bloat, wordcount, etc.

I have beta readers both that I know and don't know. As well as an author friend of mine who is more brutally honest than I think I was prepared for.

I really appreciate the catch on the language. And I hope that this journey on these boards help me with some of those finer details I may have missed.

JodyJS

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