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Programmer by day, writer by night.

I love Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and all the less easily classified forms of speculative fiction. While my writing is typically within these genres, I will read almost anything, fiction or non-fiction.


Dec
8
comment What is the difference between writing in the first and the third person?
I don't agree with the blanket statement that first person is always harder, although this seems to be tossed around frequently on writing forums and the like. Third person can even have similar limitations. Many modern novels use a restricted third-person perspective, where the story isn't directly narrated by a character, but still limits itself to a particular character's perspective.
Dec
8
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
@MGOwen - Dean explicitly and repeatedly says "YOU NEED AN AGENT" (emphasis his). You may sell a book without one, but they really can be helpful. There are a number of methods for weeding out bad agents, such as Preditors and Editors and the Association of Author Representatives (AAR). It is definitely important to do your research, but there are many helpful, hard-working agents out there who can make a first-time author's life much easier. Plus, many houses simply won't look at unagented submissions - it gives them another insulating layer against the slush pile.
Dec
7
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
@Strix - Thanks! I'm always glad to point someone to a helpful resource.
Dec
7
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
As much as we all know editing is important, I think that's probably a subject for another question.
Dec
7
comment I have written my first novel and I think it's ready. What next?
@Jeff - I am going to use this phrase at the next available opportunity.
Dec
7
comment What should be in a cover letter for short story submission to a magazine?
I don't know about other genres, but in Sci-fi/Fantasy, it seems like most publications only want queries on novellas or serials, and the entire manuscript for anything shorter.