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Julianne Douglas
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Wed February 11th, 2009, 10:51 pm

Don't worry--if I ever make a sale, you'll all be the first to know!
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Post by Divia » Wed February 11th, 2009, 11:01 pm

Well good luck! :)
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Margaret
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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
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Post by Margaret » Wed February 11th, 2009, 11:26 pm

Thanks for the reminder, Chris, that 10,000 rejections isn't necessarily the last word. I really enjoyed your novel about Juana, so it obviously wasn't being rejected because it lacked good story qualities!

I had that experience with a short story that circulated everywhere I could think of. I had given up, then discovered a new magazine, sent it in, and bingo.

I've heard of a service that circulates short story manuscripts to potential publishers for a fee. Anyone tried it? It's such a time-consuming process, and I think all of us would rather be writing! Of course, not too many of us have wads of extra cash floating around, either.
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Post by Julianne Douglas » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 9:36 am

I finally posted about the survey results.

Thanks again to all who participated! Please feel free to join in a discussion about the conclusions.
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Post by donroc » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 12:19 pm

Regarding rejections, a Hollywood friend of mine had an idea for a bar-hangout called The Rejection Slip where writers could nail their rejections to the walls and commiserate with each other. It never materialized.
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Margaret
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Post by Margaret » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 7:25 pm

Thank you so much for doing this, Julianne. It's really food for thought, and I hope you'll follow up - you obviously have a few ideas for future polls! Your question about what draws readers to a particular setting or era is very intriguing, and I've taken a stab at one possible answer in regard to my own reading habits. I'll be curious to check back and see what other readers are saying.
a bar-hangout called The Rejection Slip where writers could nail their rejections to the walls and commiserate with each other
Love this idea! Writers used to have hangouts. I wonder what ever happened to them.
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Post by juleswatson » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 7:31 pm

Thanks Julianne for this fascinating poll. You've done us all a great service. (love the blog by the way) What I found interesting is that as an author I am also coming up against the "have a marquee name" brick wall, and yet when I answered the poll as a reader, I absolutely picked era / setting. When I used to read more (before I became a stressed word hound) I went for anything Celtic or prehistoric, but after being squeezed by the commercial interests these past few years I forgot the pure pleasure of being captured by an era and story. You helped me remember that, and boy I needed it, so thanks. My thought is that the people on forums such as this are HF aficionados and read widely, knowing eras, events, and stories intimately. In going for a marquee name, publishers are trying to catch the larger masses of people walking past the bookstand who don't read HF but do know that famous figure.

In the end, I agree with cw:

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In a nutshell, I think we should write what we as writers care deeply about, because eventually we're going to run out of marquee names. :cool: [/quote]
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Post by Libby » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 8:09 pm

Thanks. That was an interesting summing up of the response to the poll.
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Post by cw gortner » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 8:25 pm

Fascinating stuff, Julianne! Interesting to see how important setting / era is, as opposed to marquee name, for readers; it's pretty much what I suspected, but I think your detailed conclusion is very thorough and illuminating. I sent the link on to my agent!
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Post by LoveHistory » Mon February 23rd, 2009, 10:10 pm

Awesome! Thanks for posting the results, Julianne.

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