Monday, August 29, 2005

Morning quickie

Check out Miss Snark. She's a literary agent, and she's currently analyzing opening pages (the first three hundred words of novels). Mine hasn't come under her snarky knife yet, but I'm going to go on record before she savages me by saying this has been educational. Y'all are burying your leads (paraphrase?) was one of many gems. I hadn't thought to look at my novel as a journalist would, which is foolish, since the damned thing is about a journalist. D.

16 Comments:

Anonymous keith said...

That looks fun, doug... both submitting to it and actually doing the snarking...

keith

8/29/2005 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

She's only working on snippets sent to her yesterday,and it looks like she was swamped with 'submissions'!

8/29/2005 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous keith said...

Just shows you how many people really do read these blogs, I suppose.

Is she a big name agent?

keith

8/29/2005 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Hm. I've poked around a bit, but I can't find her name. I don't think she handles SF, but I'm basing that on her comments. If by the grace of God she loves my excerpt, I'm still going to ask if she's interested in seeing more.

Of course, after reading all those other excerpts, I already want to change mine.

8/29/2005 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Kate R said...

for newspapers its lede, not lead, dammit. I don't know why and that's always made me crazy but the word is lede.

8/30/2005 02:02:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Um. Beg to differ, Kate. My New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary has no entry for lede. As one of the definitions of lead, it gives:

Uournalism. A summary or outline of a newspaper story; a guide to a story that needs further development or exploration; the first (often the most important) item in a newspaper etc. Cf. lead story below.

8/30/2005 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Oops. That word is journalism. Damn that lack of comment edit!

8/30/2005 06:50:00 AM  
Blogger mm said...

Doug - will you let us know when she gets to yours?

8/30/2005 07:48:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

See post above this one, Maureen. You'll notice that I've changed the opening. No more prologue. The prologue will become Chapter One. I'm also dropping the preamble with Cree, Chap Chap, and Boron. If folks can't manage to figure out that Andie, Korno, and Messy are evil SOBs, toughsky shitsky.

8/30/2005 08:10:00 AM  
Blogger Kate R said...

ha, well I'm begging to differ too. . . whole lot of begging going on.
Thank god for the internet so I don't have to mail you my AP Style Guide. http://www.uark.edu/~kshurlds/FOJ/HW2.html

http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=20001128

8/30/2005 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger Douglas Hoffman said...

Thanks for the links, Kate. That's very interesting. Just shows you can't rely on dictionaries for everything ;o)

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