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22 August 2008 @ 10:04 am
Two days in a row where I'm actually in a good mood! The week is finally looking up now that it's almost over.

My sister is coming over tonight, and we're going to have a girl's night, watch movies, and work on a corset for her. I haven't done any sewing in awhile, I'm muchly looking forward to it. :) Also this weekend, I get a massage. THAT I definitely can't wait for. I so need one.

Also, I am biting the bullet and getting ready to send out a few queries for Nemesis. In the process of this, I have come back to waffling about that prelude. Sure, it sets up the universe, but now that the book is done, does the prelude really need to be there? Any of you out there who have read it, please give me your thoughts! I'm not asking if the prelude works, I'm asking if you think it's necessary. Because if it's not, it needs to go.

See? I can be ruthless.

ETA: Still hate query writing.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Dragonsinger: McKenna smile - Laurasuedragonsinger on August 22nd, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it so I have no idea if it's necessary or not. But yay for more queries! Here's to hoping this one takes! :)
rhienellethrhienelleth on August 22nd, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
I'm sort of waiting to hear back from le agent, but if it comes back as a rejection, I want to have some more irons in the fire already, you know? Much easier to click "send" than try to come up with the query hook after the despondence of having just been rejected. :)
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on August 22nd, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
True. I hope in a year or two I'll be out there with you.:)
L.A.frenchroast on August 22nd, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Still working on getting my notes together, but I'll go ahead with my thoughts on the prologue: I have to say, I read it and wasn't really a fan of it. I think most of that info could be worked into the story itself as needed. It felt like too much explaining before we knew enough to care one way or the other. I don't have text itself in front of me, but I'm pretty sure I wrote a note that went something along the lines of "Maybe this is important, but I'd rather just get to the story."

Even if you just shortened it considerably, I think that would help a great deal. I always think of prologues of that style (the "so this is how the world of this novel works" style, as opposed to the "okay, here's a key scene that happened outside of/well before most of where this novel takes place" style) as being, at most, a couple of short paragraphs. Give us the barebones details we need to understand who the major players/countries/whatever are.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on August 22nd, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
I think it's pretty necessary. It's not that long, sets everything up so you get the basic outline of the world in one nice chunk, and then you can speed right on into the world.

You could get rid of it, but I don't think it's a good idea. (I'd also add that you hated/worried about all the exposition need in the action to outline the pirates world, now add all the prolouge info into the doc in addition.)

Edited at 2008-08-22 08:14 pm (UTC)