Raine

Raine

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Help! 2 weeks exclusivity request from agents - yes / no?
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  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    Fantasy
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Fiction for children
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Omnivorous
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Jane Austen, China Mieville, Cormac McCarthy
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) The Lord of the Rings (JRRT) A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini) The Road (Cormac McCarthy) The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood)
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Disciplined
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Some self-editing
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    Haven't a clue! To find out whether I am less than pants at this writing malarkey.
    Your worst habit?
    Having a life/family/job that gets between me and my imaginary world?
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    Too much celebrity and hype, but good books still get through
    Where do you write?
    On my bed/hermit cave
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I'm a mum most of time & a scientist in the bits in between. I think bats are far superior to birds, and gin and chocolate are possibly the two most important discoveries ever.

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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on Squidge's Blog "Motivation - sorted?".
    I've been lucky enough to find a whole gaggle of splendid beta readers here, who have all been generous and supportive and generally lovely. I second your thanks to all such beings. x
    5 days ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on Daedalus's Blog "Flying to the Edge".
    COngrats Daeds. Muchos well done. Sounds bonkers.
    5 days ago
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    new-bee-author
    new-bee-author commented on Raine's wall:
    Thank you. I look forward to reading your story. The one you won that recent competition was fabulous, so I am expecting another winner from you.
    19 days ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on Penworthy's Blog "Still Baffled After All These Years".
    I think when people say 'write to your target audience,' they mean two things - 1) age-appropriate language, and 2) know your genre. Knowing your genre means reading in your genre so that you can see what makes those stories work & learn from that ...
    1 month ago
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    Raine
    Raine commented on Bric's wall:
    THE NEWS IS OUT THERE!!!! IS IT TOO EARLY FOR CHAMPAGNE??
    1 month ago
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    Bric
    Bric commented on Raine's wall:
    Who hoo! Tell all the other agents who haven't yet replied. NOW! Sending shitty stick by special delivery ( apparently the Royal Mail view it as a biological weapon). ( That's the whole point).
    1 month ago
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    Raine
    Raine Help! 2 weeks exclusivity request from agents - yes / no?
    2 months ago
    • Seagreen
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      Seagreen Eek! Why not?
      2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine But what do I say if another (haha) comes back requesting a full within that two week period?
      2 months ago
    • Squidge
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      Squidge Yes. Deffo. If another comes back to say yes in that time, tell them what you've agreed and that you'll get back to them after two weeks, because then you can start playing them off against each other xx
      2 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD Exciting. But don't forget that exclusivity serves them, but not you. Why should you give it? I would say, not more than a week.
      2 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD If they want it, the fact that other agents are reading it won't stop them wanting it.
      2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Thanks! They replied 24 hrs after I subbed, so the chances of another getting back within 2 weeks is slim, but it makes me feel a bit jumpy.
      2 months ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus I'm really not the person to give advice but YAAAAAY. Is this for The Way The Light Bends?
      2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Yeah.
      2 months ago
    • Barny
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      Barny Nice work, Raine!
      2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Ta. Okay, I'm sending... (I think)
      2 months ago
    • Woolleybeans
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      Woolleybeans Go Raine!
      2 months ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus :-)
      2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine I put it all down to Emma's fabulous book doctoring!! :-)
      2 months ago
    • Daedalus
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      Daedalus You can put a proportion down to Emma's book doctoring. I suggest 15% if Emma's happy with that. The rest is your prodigious talent
      2 months ago
    • Caducean Whisks
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      Caducean Whisks Weee! Now's the time to let the other agents know (as a matter of courtesy of course) that someone else LOVES it. Way to go :)
      2 months ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone It's a fabulous story and that has been spotted by an agent (and all of us mortals who read it on the way) wanting to do stuff in a two week window. I kind of agree with Emma. Give them one.
      2 months ago
    • Athelstone
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      Athelstone I'm too late, aren't I...
      2 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD But yes, it's fantastic news - congratulations!
      2 months ago
    • J.net
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      J.net Well done Raine! I would say, yes, BU-UT if someone else asks for full, contact the first agent and tell them they must hurry as others are waiting. Also tell others that they are in a queue - that should focus their attention!
      2 months ago
    • John Taylor
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      John Taylor Wow! Exciting news, Raine xxx
      2 months ago
    • Giselle
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      Giselle Yeah!!!! * fingers crossed for you*
      2 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD One more excited thought - if during or at the end of the exclusive period, this agent comes back and offers representation, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SAY YES STRAIGHT AWAY. That really, really isn't in your interests. Agents can read extremely fast when they want to - so do everything you can to get feedback from any other interested agents. Some who have mixed feelings may say "Well, if you've been offered representations, that's great news, and I'll bow out", but others who are really interested will read in bed and on the bus in order to find out if they want it.
      2 months ago
    • Raine
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      Raine Thank-you, Emma, I will stick that reminder on my laptop, in big letters! How long could you reasonably ask the first agent to wait? A few days? A week? Not that I'm getting ahead of myself at all...
      2 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD I think I'd say "I'll let you know as soon as I possibly can - hopefully it won't be more than a few days". Which I reckon would give you up to a week...
      2 months ago
    • EmmaD
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      EmmaD And, frankly, if you get another request for the full towards the end of the two weeks exclusive, I doubt if I'd stick to the letter of it... The first agent's been incredibly lucky that you gave them that time, possibly against your own best interests; they're still ahead of anyone else, for now, and this is business.
      2 months ago
    • Janeshuff
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      Janeshuff How did I miss this? Fantastic news!
      1 month ago
    • Sandra
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      Sandra Yes, and I missed it too - so exciting Raine!
      1 month ago
    • Jenni Belsay
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      Jenni Belsay Great news. Can imagine the heart-thumping tension...
      1 month ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa Congrats, congrats, congrats!
      1 month ago
    • Philippa
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      Philippa After the down, cometh the up.....
      1 month ago
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    Raine
    Raine has accepted Lulu's friend request.
    2 months ago
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    Lin
    "Lin" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Raine, so glad you are continuing your quest. It's my first time at this kind of event in York, but I was there for the other March festival. Hoping to link up with many there. Do say hello, I'd be happy to chat. It is sometimes an uphill struggle, ...
    2 months ago
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    Noodledoodle
    "Noodledoodle" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Aww, Raine. Sorry to read this, but it's good that you are carrying on. Best of luck for York x
    2 months ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on SecretSpi's Blog "Burned, bombed and banned books".
    Daeds - I didn't know that about Jude the Obscure! How very bizarre, and yes to read it expecting titillation is not quite the right frame of mind in which to appreciate it, I'd guess. And that's a mess of a sentence if ever there was one. I ...
    2 months ago
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    Bric
    "Bric" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Zeno did not deserve you. Talent and graft will out, and you have both in spades. The rest is luck. You have just had a run of the bad stuff. You'll find a much better agent and look back on this and realise it was a lucky escape. It's just a ...
    2 months ago
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    Skylark
    "Skylark" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Oh, Raine, that's a blow. I'm sorry it worked out like that but really pleased that you're submitting again. All the best with that - and look forward to seeing you at York xxx
    2 months ago
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    Loretta Milan
    "Loretta Milan" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Oh, Raine. I really feel for you. You have not failed in any way and you are doing absolutely the right thing by continuing on, getting your work out there, putting it in front of the right people. And, Emma Darwin is always one for solid advice. ...
    2 months ago
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    Raine
    "Raine" commented on Raine's Blog "Pre-York Confession".
    Thank-you for sharing that, Philippa! I'd heard of the WoMentoring Project, but someone specifically looking to help a fellow chronic-illness-person sounds pretty darn lovely. :-)
    2 months ago

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  • new-bee-author
    by new-bee-author 19 days ago
    Thank you. I look forward to reading your story. The one you won that recent competition was fabulous, so I am expecting another winner from you.
  • Bric
    by Bric 1 month ago
    Who hoo! Tell all the other agents who haven't yet replied. NOW! Sending shitty stick by special delivery ( apparently the Royal Mail view it as a biological weapon). ( That's the whole point).
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 3 months ago
    Perhaps they'll team up, Raine.
  • Yo
    by Yo 3 months ago
    Whatever you do, DON'T look under the bed.

    You just know you will. And you know a clown will be there.
  • Yo
    by Yo 3 months ago
    Funny thing is, when people say things like that, it's only natural to feel a little wary when you do go to the wardrobe later this evening....

    There's probably a word for that anticipation somewhere.
  • Yo
    by Yo 3 months ago
    Scratches chin.

    Two members of the secret society jump to defend the blandness of the reality.

    Will I get a phone call in the next 5 minutes? A knock on the door? A hooded figure at midnight roaming my street?

    There's a whole novel here!
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 4 months ago
    Messaged back, Raine of the Wilds
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 5 months ago
    And again
  • Woolleybeans
    by Woolleybeans 5 months ago
    Replied. :)
  • Daedalus
    by Daedalus 8 months ago
    To avoid self-bumpage - thankyou. And coincidentally, malevolent and half-crazed and spooky were my nicknames at school