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Village Hall Meeting - Sunday 3rd December

AgentPete

Capo Famiglia
Staff member
#1
Can we set the date for our next live Village Hall meeting... I suggest Sunday 3rd December.

Hopefully, you won't be too distracted by the impending Xmas season to join us. (Joining instructions here, in case you're new!)

We kick off at 6pm UK. But join the Discord chatroom a bit earlier if you want to test your communications, i.e. text and/or audio. I'll be there from about 5:30pm.

And... please post questions and topics for discussion here, in this thread... although we can and do discuss anything at all, it's helpful to me if you can give me a little advance notice in case I need to invest some thinking time :)
 
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Robinne Weiss

Venerated Member
#2
Late? Are you kidding? ;) Actually, I can manage earlier, now it's summer--I get up earlier in the summer anyway. Whatever works for others is fine by me.
 
#5
I would love to be there, but instead will be flogging our wares at a big Christmas Market in France. Fingers crossed we'll sell enough to make any kind of profit. Sailing a little close to the wind now, so earning money has to take priority over writing. The darn children keep expecting to be fed!
 

Rich.

Guardian
Staff member
#6
@AgentPete, I have a question if I may, or rather a request: could you talk a bit about how to write a good synopsis for pitching to an agent, perhaps with some examples? Thanks in advance.

I hope to be there, but I'm never quite sure what combination of spouse and kids will be needing my attention.

Oh, and what about Discord? Are we still using that as our means of communication?
 

AgentPete

Capo Famiglia
Staff member
#7
Yes, i think we're still using Discord. Chase and I are doing a tech test this Sunday. Discord has upgraded, I understand. If necessary, we could go back to Mumble, but I don't really want to have to do that... will tell you if there are any changes.
 
#8
@AgentPete, I have a question if I may, or rather a request: could you talk a bit about how to write a good synopsis for pitching to an agent, perhaps with some examples? Thanks in advance.

I hope to be there, but I'm never quite sure what combination of spouse and kids will be needing my attention.

Oh, and what about Discord? Are we still using that as our means of communication?
I'd be interested in tips for synopsis writing too, please!
 

Quillwitch

Venerated Member
#9
I would love to be there, but instead will be flogging our wares at a big Christmas Market in France. Fingers crossed we'll sell enough to make any kind of profit. Sailing a little close to the wind now, so earning money has to take priority over writing. The darn children keep expecting to be fed!
I know, the nerve! You´d think they´d have learned to go without food by now!
 

Barbara

Active Member
#12
I too would be interested in the synopsis thing, and the query letter (I struggle with both. A nightmare!). Also, I'd love to hear more about which kinds of obvious, done to death scenes that agents come across in submissions. @AgentPete, you mentioned the OMPC during my pop up. Any other ones? I once heard that starting a novel with someone waking up (drunk or sober) is a no no. Anything else that agents are well and truly bored of to the point that they have abbreviations for them? I'd love to hear more. Not sure if this is the kind of thing discussed in the village hall.
 

MaryA

Respected Member
#13
I'm thinking about voice: authentic, compelling, natural. Any feedback welcome. I know it when I read it (unmistakeable), but can't always tell if it's there in my own writing.
 
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AgentPete

Capo Famiglia
Staff member
#14
I'm thinking about voice: authentic, compelling, natural. Any feedback welcome. I know it when I read it (unmistakeable), but can't always tell if it's there in my own writing.
Voice is the big one for me at the moment. I'm thinking about making this my Big Topic for next year. I have a growing feeling that so many writing courses, MFAs and so on actually throttle voice, rather than develop it. Needs attention.
 

AgentPete

Capo Famiglia
Staff member
#15
I too would be interested in the synopsis thing, and the query letter (I struggle with both. A nightmare!). Also, I'd love to hear more about which kinds of obvious, done to death scenes that agents come across in submissions. @AgentPete, you mentioned the OMPC during my pop up. Any other ones? I once heard that starting a novel with someone waking up (drunk or sober) is a no no. Anything else that agents are well and truly bored of to the point that they have abbreviations for them? I'd love to hear more. Not sure if this is the kind of thing discussed in the village hall.
If it's interesting/relevant to writers, we discuss it :)
 

Alistair Roberts

Guardian
Staff member
#16
5am Monday for me is a killer due to long work hours. No idea what Discord is, but will check it out and see if I can wake up earlier. Sometimes I am awake when I don't want to be, so you never know o_O
 

Sea-shore

aka Anne Chen
Staff member
#17
Unfortunately I can't make it on time for this Sunday's Village Hall meeting, as (fortunately) I'm going on a Guardian Masterclass on adding suspense to writing (will share notes if anyone wants them - just send me a message on the inbox).

If there is a recording, I'd love to listen in on Monday.
 
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Patricia D

Venerated Member
#19
I want to participate but cannot get there. I click on the link, accept Agent Pete's invitation and get an error message that says Safari cannot open specified address because mac OS doesn't recognize Internet addresses starting with "discord:".
 

Carol Rose

Guardian
Founding Member
#20
I want to participate but cannot get there. I click on the link, accept Agent Pete's invitation and get an error message that says Safari cannot open specified address because mac OS doesn't recognize Internet addresses starting with "discord:".
I had to open it in Chrome. It won't work with Safari.