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I write a lot of foreign fiction, my first novel is supposed to have been publised in the US but for some hithces. But i have an agent in NY who is representing my book, right now, my third novel is undergoing critique and i want to share some of my knowledge with like minds or people interested in writing western fiction and getting there somday, do you think we can do it? Did i hear you say "yes", then lets do it!

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Const. I totally feel you, honestly I do. Maybe I was a bit heavy handed in my initial appraisal. I still think you may need to get some more work done with that novel though, what you sent seemed a bit filmy and bland to me,

But then again, I'm not your publisher. I sincerely wish you the best of luck.

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@banderas,

You dont understand what the difference between a QUERY LETTER and a FULL SYNOPSIS.

A query letter for seeking an agent/publisher is suppose to be one page and in that one page you have to put in every essential detail, because they dont have all day to read you work, do you understand now? I suppose you still dont

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BANDERAS- I LIKE READING UR BLOGS COS ATLEAST U SEEM TO KNOW MORE ABOUT WHAT U R DOING THAN ANYONE ELSE HERE. AM NOT SAYING U MUST WRITE ABOUT NIGERIA OR AFRICA, MA ONLY JUST SAYING THAT AS AN AFRICAN OR NIGERIAN LIVING IN NIGERIA, IT IS MUCH MORE REALISTIC AND EASIER TO DO, CREATIVITY IS ALL ABOUT EXTRAPOLATING REALITY, BUT WHEN U DO THAT FOR CLIMES U'R NOT TOO CONVERSANT WITH AND TRY TO SELL THEM TO PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE, ITS MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. U CAN WRITE ABOUT WHAT EEVERR U WANT, AM NOT DISPUTING THAT, BUT REALLY, LETS BE FRANK, HOW MANY INDIGENT NIGERIANS HAVE SUCCEEDED IN PLACING BOOKS ON THE SHELVES, PUBLISHED BY FOREIGN PUBLISHERS ON THEMES SET IN EUROPE OR MEDITERENEAN? GIVE ME ONE. U SEEM TO BE QUITE KNOWLEDGEABLE, BUT I CAN BET U,U WONT COME UP WITH A NAME.

U SEE, THE WHITEMAN ADOPTS A VERY SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO EVERYTHING HE DOES- HE VISITS LOCATIONS PHYSICALLY, RESEARCHES HIS THEMES, GETS A FEL OF THE NATIVES ANDD BINGO, WHEN HE WRITES A BOOK, HE SELLS MILLIONS OF COPIES- WHEN MICHEAL CRICHTON WROTE THE CONGO, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY MONTHS HE SPENT IN THE ZAIRE AND DRC? WHY WONT HE BE A SUCCEESS. WHEN WILBUR SMITH WROTE THAT SEMINAR BOOK, THE 7TH SCROLL(HE IS AN AFRICAN ANYWAY- A ZAMBIAN), HE MEANDERED BETWEEN LONDON, EGYTPT AND ETHIOPIA. H WROTE ABOUT AFRICA AND EUROPPE IN SUCH A FASCINATING MANNER THAT THE BOOK HAS BEEN MADE INTO A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE. MAYBE U SHD LOOK FOR THAT BOOK. IT MAY HELP UR VIEW.

DO YOU KNOW FREDERIC FORSYTH WROTE THE DOGS OF WAR DRAWING HEAVILY ON HIS EXPEERINCE IN NIGERIA? MATTER OF FACT, BIAFRA STORYWAS HIS DEBUT WORK AND HIS REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES IN THE PLACES HE WROTE ABOUT CATAPULTED HIM TO THE LEVEL HE IS TODAY

JAMES HADLEY CHASE NEVER VISITED MAERICA EXCEPT A 15MINUTE STOP ONCE SOMEWHEREIN FLORIDA, BUT HE WAS SEVERALLY REFFERED AS THE BRITTISH KING OF THE TOUGH AMERICAN TRADITION. THAT WAS ONE OF THE FEW EXCEPTIONS, BUT THEN THERE ISNT THAT MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE CULTURAALLY BETWEEN AMERICA AND BRITAIN, IS THERE? THEY ARE COUSINS.

ABOUT STEPHEN KING, STEPHEN NEVER WROTE ABOUT AFRICA BECOS HE'S PRROBABLY NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE. I BET IF HE ONLY SPENT 5MINUTES HERE, HE'LL SPOT TONS OF STORIES U SSITTING RIGHT HERE CANT SEEE AND HE'LL BE SMILING TO HIS BANK. AND NO, ACHEBE, ACHEBE NEVER GOT 35MILLION BECAUSE HE IS NOT A COMMERCIAL WRITER- COMMERCIAL WRITERS ARE THE GRISHAMS, THE CLANCYS, THE JK ROWLINGS, THE FORSSYTHS, JACKIE COLLINS WHO EARN MILLIONS FROM ROYALTIES BUT WOULD NEVER WIN A NOBEL. ACHEBE BELONGS TO THE CLASS OF , SSHD I SAY INTELLECTUAL WRITERS LIKE THE SOYINKAS, THE JM COETZE'S, THE MORRISSONS, THE OKRI'S, THE RUSHDIE'S- MEN WHO KEEEP WINNING PRIZES LEEFT, RIGHT ANDD CENTRE BUT ARE PROBABLY POOR (COMPARED TO THEIR COMMERCIAL COUNTERPARTS). THERE IS A WIDE GULF BETWEEN THE TWO AND ITS GOOD U'VE DECIDE EARLY ON WHICH DIVIDE U BELONG. LUCK IN WHAT U R DOING ANYWAY

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Const, can you seriously not see the vast schism between your "synopsis", and the one you pasted, (which to be honest I don't even regard as an excellent one)? If you don't, then you really need to go back to the drawing board.

And be aware, there are loads of "firms" on the internet who will charge you to read through your scripts. Agents as you call them. Here's the thing: Agents DON'T publish. So havong an agent does not make you any better that anyone else.

Hey Apache. So, knights in shining armour, what's wrong with that? It's called a theme. Be not deceived, the fact that you write about Nigeria doesn't ensure success. What are you saying, seriously now? Are you saying I need to write about Africa to hit paydirt? With all due respect, this isn't true. Stephen King didn't write about africa.

I write about what I know about, what I've experienced and what I've seen. If that is african, then all well and good. If not, then too bad. I have no family stories about the civil war and the resultant experiences, if I had tried to write the "yellow sun" book, I would have floundered big time.

By the way, Stephen King hasn't won any of these prizes you talk about, yet I bet you that Achebe was never given 35M. I never told you I wanted to win prizes,

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cONST6- LOOK NOBODY IS HERE TO ARGUE WITH U, GO AHEAD AND WHEN THAT BOOK IS ON THE SHELVES BE IT MADRID, lONDON, OR LAGOS I'D BE THE FIRST PEROSN TO BUY IT. i WAS JUST OFFERING UNSOLICITED ADVICE BUT WE OFTEN NEED SUCH ADVICE BRUTTALY FOR IT TO SSINK IN.OFCOURSE AFTER MY BLOG, U MUST HAVE DONE A MENTAL AUDIT, THOUGH U MAY NOT ADMIT IT. U R SHOWING US MAILS OF 2005 AND FEB 2006, ALMOST 2YEARS AGO-WHERE ARE UR CONTRACT PAPERS? GOTTEN A DEAL YET? AND WHO TELLS U THAT BEING PUBLISHED IS THE END OF IT? U HAVE TO SELL COPIES U KNOW? WRITE SOMETHING PEOPLE WOULD BUY, SIMPLE.

IF U HAVE SO MUCH MONEY AS U CLAIM, SELF PUBLISH UR BOOK, PUT IN FOR THE CAINE AND ORANGE PRIZE? WHAT ARE U WAITING FOR? IF U WIN, U R ON A ROLL. HELON HABILLA DID THAT A COUPLE OF YAERS AGO AND HE HAS BEEN HOT EVER SINCE.

AND DONT GO ABOUT TELLING PEOPLE U WORK FOR MOBIL, THE QUALITY OF UR WORK SUGGEST OTHERWISE OR HAVE THEY LOWERED THEIR STANDARDS? MAYBE U R A CORE ENGINEER? DAT WOULD EXPLAIN IT. U DONT HAVE TO VALIDATE URSELF HERE FOR ANYONE, IT SEEMSS AS IF U R STRUGGLING FOR LEGITIMACY IN LITERAY CLIMES.

ANYWAY, AM NOT UR ENEMY, AM WISHING U THE BEST REALLY.

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@ Apache77

You people need to see what outside and beyond your nose, below are critique fees for your perusal.

@apache77

You think say na beans to write and get it on a common paperback!

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Below are some sample synopsis from notable writers and writing blog, i wonder how you write yours.

There are steps you are suppose to take, see them below and LEARN!

5 Steps To Writing A Synopsis

By Vivian Beck

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Step 1: Start With A Hook. This should be a paragraph or two similar to the blurb on the back of a book. Mood and tone is important here, use special adjectives.

Step 2: Introduction of Characters. Introduce the main characters in your book. Tell their MOTIVATION, CONFLICT, and GOALS. Stay away from detailed physical descriptions unless this information is pertinent to your story.

Step 3: Construct the Body of Your Synopsis. Here, using paragraphs, write the high points of your story in chronological order. Keep these paragraphs tight, don't give every little detail. Remember, each scene should include, ACTION, REACTION, and a DECISION.

Example: Sam kisses Mary goodnight. (ACTION) He makes her forget she does not want to get involved in a relationship. (REACTION) He's dangerous to her hard-earned peace of mind. (DECISION)

Step 4: Use Three or Four Paragraphs to Write the CRISIS and RESOLUTION of Your Story. Keep this simple, but make sure you show your main characters' reactions. Don't keep the editor/agent guessing. Your synopsis must include the resolution to your story.

Step 5: Rewrite your synopsis until each sentence is polished to the point of perfection. Use strong adjectives and verbs, and always write in the present tense. Make every word count.

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Sample Synopsis:

The following is the synopsis used by Atk. Butterfly in getting this book accepted by a publisher. Unfortunately, the publisher went out of business a year later so the book is no longer available to the public.

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Synopsis of The Aliens Is Coming!

The Aliens Is Coming!, 40,000 words, by Atk. Butterfly, is a science fiction tale revolving around Derek and Amanda, two people in floundering marriages. During a clandestine meeting, they find a book picturing them Unclad on the cover. They take the book after discovering that the characters inside more than just resemble them and learning more about each other than they already knew. They later fall asleep in a hot tub and awaken to find that they're in space, kidnapped by aliens from another world just as was depicted in the book. Alarmed, they bond closer to each other and carefully read the book while wondering whether it's prophetic or magic.

Knowing the alien kidnappers mean them harm, they fight back until they take over the ship. All the while, their thoughts are open to whichever of them possesses the book. Aware of their lust for each other, they take their affair all the way, giving each other more satisfaction than their spouses ever would. However, they are alarmed that the book ending changes when they give in before the book first indicated that they would .

Upon freeing two other pairs of aliens held captive, one pair discloses that the book is from the future and was written by Derek and Amanda. They discover their book is a top selling romance novel in the universe. The aliens consider Derek and Amanda celebrated authors whose book was the first to use molecular-sized computers embedded inside every page. Derek and Amanda learn that the book kept changing because it was sent into the past. It can only depict what actually happens as it was written using their brain scans, eventually assuring them that they do survive.

After landing on another world, they first encounter the police and then a court with humorous results. After clearing up the charge, they get brain scans and seek out an agent to market their book. In a dramatic and violent encounter with the publisher of their book, they finally reach an agreement for publishing it and create the mystery of how the book came to be in their possession in the first place.

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Copyright 1997, Atk. Butterfly

Also by Atk. Butterfly from Hard Shell Word Factory

Beasts Are Us, ISBN 0-7599-0216-7

ISBN 0-7599-0229-1 (paperback)

Witness Protection, ISBN 1-58200-140-5 (HTML edition)

ISBN 1-58200-253-3 (RocketBook (tm) edition)

Sample Synopsis

A COWBOY'S WILL/Synopsis Dillon 1

A COWBOY'S WILL; Synopsis

Blair Taylor is twenty-five and just coming out of a bad marriage when her grandfather

Grady Reid passes away. Blair leaves her home in New York and travels to Grady's

ranch in Louisiana for the reading of his will. She is in emotional turmoil. She feels

guilty for the tiny amount of time she gave her grandfather when he was alive. She is

still hurt over the things she learned about Victor Taylor, the man she is divorcing. She

is tired of her mother controlling her life. Worse of all, Blair is caught up in a secret that

will be hard to keep soon--she is pregnant with Victor's baby.

Cody Lawrence is thirty, has been through one failed marriage, and everything he owns

can be loaded into a pickup truck. Grady Reid took Cody in when no one else would,

when Cody was a wild teen, mad at the world. Now Grady is gone and his spoiled

city-raised granddaughter is coming to take away the only home Cody has ever really

known. He doesn't intend to give it up without a fight.

Grady was gone, but he has a surprise left for his granddaughter and the man who has

been like a son to him. Grady leaves half of the ranch to each. He also adds a little

stipulation to his will. If Cody or Blair give up and leave the Red Bluff ranch before a full

month passes, the ranch and everything on it is to be sold, and the money given over to

Grady's church.

Cody can't believe half of the ranch has been left to him. He would be beside himself

with joy, if it weren't for one little detail--Blair Taylor. Cody tries to talk her into leaving.

He promises to give her what half of the ranch is worth, though he doesn't know how in

the world he'll get his hands on that kind of money.

Blair wasn't expecting half of the ranch either. She feels she doesn't deserve it. But

now, it is like an answer to her prayers. She knows Cody doesn't have the means to buy

her out, but if she can hang in here for a month, sell her half, the money will give her a

new start in a new city, far away from her mother and Victor.

Maybe even oil and water would mix if it were stirred together enough. In the confines

of the ranch and one small house, Cody and Blair are stirred together plenty.

Blair just wants to survive her time, like an inmate serving out a sentence, and walk

away with her half of the money. Cody doesn't want the ranch sold. He can't even

stand the thought of leaving his home. He knows he'll have to in a month if Blair stays,

just so she can have her half of the money, when she already has more than she needs.

There is almost always a thin line between anger and passion, between hate and love.

Each can get the blood to boiling easy enough. In the middle of battles, Cody and Blair

begin to find things to like about each other. The sexual tension that builds makes the

house seem smaller and smaller.

On a starlit night, passion carries them away. Before they make love, Blair starts to tell

Cody about the child she is going to have, but chickens out. Afterwards, there seems to

be no easy way to tell him. Over the next week, she tries, but never gets the words out.

When the month is almost up, Blair decides they have to talk. She still hasn't told Cody

her secret, they haven't used the word love, and they haven't even mentioned what they

will do when the month is over.

Cody blows his top when Blair tells him that she is pregnant with Victor's baby. He can't

believe she hadn't told him, that she hadn't trusted him enough to tell him. He is

more hurt than angry. After she walks away, he suddenly realizes that he is so hurt

because he loves her. He doesn't know when it happened, but he has fallen in love with

her.

Blair is deeply hurt by Cody's anger and the things he said. She plans to pack and

leave right away. She cares about him too much to take the ranch away from him. It

shocks her to admit it, but to care that much, it has to be love. Real love.

Cody catches Blair before she can leave. He comes right out and tells her that he loves

her. She is filled with joy, but then thinks of her unborn child. She confesses her love

for Cody, but leaves him with no doubts that she is having her baby, and keeping it.

Cody agrees that he would have it no other way. He loves her enough to love her child

just as much as he loves her.

At the wedding, Blair and her mother seem to have come to an understanding. Cody

sends thanks heavenward to Grady for playing match maker.

In the epilogue, Blair is in labor. Cody is falling apart. He is in such a hurry to leave

the ranch with Blair, that he almost forgets something upstairs, their little daughter,

Lorena. Blair did tell Victor about the baby, but he wasn't very interested in fatherhood.

Cody was more than happy to adopt the little girl. Still, he would never love her any

less than the son they are about to welcome into the world.

See More Sample Synopses Here

Copyright © 1999 by Charlotte Dillon.

All rights reserved.

Writing a Synopsis

Esther Downing, 29, lives contentedly as a single woman with a part-time computer research business and a job at the library. Yet Esther has a problem. Her younger sister Rachel has fallen in love and their father, like Old Testament Laban, believes the oldest daughter should marry before granting his youngest’s hand in marriage. Though the sisters try to persuade him his belief is outdated, he challenges their faith. As staunch Christians, they have struck a brick wall—their father.

Esther feels guilty, but is determined not to marry unless it is God’s will. She looks for acceptable ways to change her father’s thinking and reminds him that his rule is not part of the ten commandments. But honoring parents is she’s always respected God’s Word.

Esther is oblivious to Ian Barry’s interest in her. He’s an employee at Bay Breeze Resort and a visitor to the library. As he refurbishes a sailboat and works on various projects for the resort, he frequents the library and has developed a friendship with Esther. But in truth, Ian has been attracted to Esther for months, yet struggles with rejections from his past. Ian was a "nerd," and he cannot forget the brush-offs of his past. He was even rebuffed by the woman married to his boss.

Bay Breeze Resort’s owner, Philip Somerville asks Ian to research adding a fleet of charter boats to the resort. The task is perfect with Ian’s interest, and Ian sees God at work again. Needing to research gives him a legitimate reason to spend time with Esther who’s become standoffish.

Esther’s sister, Rachel, deals with fiancé Jeff who insists they elope and seek her father’s forgiveness later. Rachel stands firm but, hearing Jeff’s suggestion of another tactic, agrees to help find a husband for her elder sister. Esther is invited to a variety of contrived activities by her sister and is thrust into the company of a variety of unappealing men until Esther is taken under Ian’s wing.

To achieve his goal, Ian formulates a plan. If he and Esther spend time together, Rachel will think they are dating. Esther has also become attracted to Ian, but fears his love for sailing. When she was younger, a favorite uncle was drowned in a sailing accident. Losing him and watching her aunt’s grief has left Esther with negative feelings. Still, finding Ian’s charade a good solution, Esther agrees and controls her emotions.

As their masquerade continues, they escalate the appearance of their relationship to avoid suspicion. Hand-holding grows to kissing, and Esther even enjoys a sailing experience. Yet Esther faces two problems. First, she feels guilty, knowing she is lying to her sister. Second, Esther’s emotions are no longer a pretense. She is falling in love with Ian. Not realizing that Esther has amorous feelings toward him, Ian struggles with his own guilt, knowing that he duped Esther into this dishonest masquerade. Deceit being a sin, the deception lays on both their hearts.

Esther decides to drop the charade and confronts Rachel with the truth. Sorry for her deceit, Rachel promises to stop her matchmaking, facing she can’t force her sister’s will nor God’s. When Rachel tells Jeffrey they must give the Lord their problem, he’s angry. A wall rises between them, and Rachel returns Jeffrey’s ring. This causes stress between Rachel and Esther. As well, Esther feels anger toward her father who created the situation from the beginning.

Devastated by Rachel’s shattered engagement, Esther blames Ian for the idea. Hurt, Ian walks away, unable to handle her rejection. He can’t tell her know his true feelings.

While Jeffrey begs Rachel for forgiveness, she turns to Esther who admits her own guilt and need for forgiveness, not only with Rachel, but with Ian. The conversation brings peace and love to the sisters. Together they go to their father, and he admits longing to see both his daughter’s happily married so he has used God’s Word hoping they would both find husbands. He asks their forgiveness and gives Rachel permission to marry. After talking with Jeff, she accepts the ring.

Esther admits her part in the charade and wants to apologize to Ian, but she learns he has gone sailing with a storm brewing, Esther’s deepest fears flares. She hurries to the marina as the storm breaks. She waits until Rachel and Jeff drag her from the marina. Ian, meanwhile, fights the raging storm in his small cutter. Jeff contacts the coast guard with no news.

Ian is nearly swept over board and asks God to calm the water. He finally heaves to and goes below to wait out the storm or drown. When the storm quiets and the wind dies down, Ian calls the coast guard and Esther hears the news. Learning when he should be back, she heads for the marina only to find the boat tied up and Ian gone, but he appears from the marina, and they declare their love and forgiveness. Ian proposes.

Epilogue - A double wedding and the two couples are married with their earthy father and Heavenly Father’s blessings.

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@apache77 ,

I dont know who will be pathetic at the end of this whole thing, if its me with my writing and its fund or you with you sarcastic review of people's work. I dont have much to say to you but find below correspondence between me and my agent for a long time now. tishgod

I already have a New York agent and i am on the fast track to success with my writing, if you are too good, paste some of your tihsgod here lets see.

For your information, this is not my sole job, I work with Mobil and i have my funds already. epiwssa

I suppose you think James Hadley got to where he got if gabmucs lik you had the chance to review his work, no wonder wey una no dey achieve much for niaja. srellik rats

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Subject: FW: Constance Oshafi - A Defector's Reward Critique

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Apache, there is a better way of critiquing his work, instead of labelling him as pathetic.

@Const6, see the advice that we dished out to you earlier? Your synopsis, from what I read, tries to be too 'foreign' and salacious, which in my opinion would work against you. Write on stuff that you know, forget about the audience. Na by force to have an international audience?

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CONST 6- u are actually pathetic-no pun intended. Sorry if i am not pulling any punches here. U r no good if ur synopsis is anything to go by. Dont let aanybody here deceive you, too many people are too polite about our abilities, so they let us waste our time. Its either u go and polish ur writing before hastily sending it for representaion or you go and get a salaried job. Am sure no agent has replied you, and none would. That you placed your work here for review atleast shows that you are a man who does not beleive that he knows it all. It means you are willing to learn, and in life that is the most important thing- go back to the basics-and when i mean basics, i dont mean the classrooms, buy novels, see the logical representation of thought, listen to the voice of the author, get into his mind, see the use of the tools of language, his use of similies, metaphors, tenses, dscriptive compositions and the like. You dont have to understudy a James Clavell or a Jk Rowling or buy Haarry Potter, no go the elementary novels so u can learn.

For the type of plot u have in mind- go and pick up JAAMES Hadley Chase, he is the greatest. Pay close attention to how he decribes cities, women, people generally and schemes. See how he builds up suspense leading to a shattering denouement. then write and write and write till ur knuckles turn white, then post something here like u have done and wait for positive responses, then email ur agent. Anything outside this, and u r wasting ur time.

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BAndera's- thnx for agreeing with me. NOw dont mind that Orikinla guy or whatever he calls himself- he is a fraud. How can he say $100 is okay for a critique. He probably hopes his Nigerian editor will get the naira equivalent to critique the work of this unsuspecting guy. How do we know its not even orikinla himself that is the nigerian editor, for all u know, he doesnt even know where the international airport is located. Where i know for sure he is a frauid is where he talks about a nigerian banker who is now a writer. why didnt he mention her name? What are her titles. Some poeple think everybody is gullible on here. Now how can ur american editor collect $12 per page. This guy should be shot. Instead of trying to help upcoming authors, he is trying to fleece them.

Get good wwork, pitch ur work, pray u get a good agent that takes ur work around and hipe for the best

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Apache, you have dished out a timely advice. I am just flumoxed by the claims of Orikinla that Achebe's work or so, would have resulted in a theme park? My advice is to write about stuff that you know, instead of claiming to incorporate foreign ideas in your work, that you have little knowledge of. 12 dollars per page to edit a novel? Unbelievable! Which agency or publishing company is this lady affiliated with? And who is this fellow that quit their banking career to pursue a career in the literary field? If their novels have sold lots of copies, I'd like to think that they would merit a coverage in a Nigerian periodical. Some people get all excited at the prospect of being an international writer, but you have to start from level one. Achebe did not become an overnight sensation by producing works on America, but focused on African subjects that he is familiar with. Same with other African writers that have a place in the literary field in the western world. Do not think that you are limiting yourself by writing on local stories that you are familiar with. Even if you wont be an international writer, your writeups would resonate with the experiences of other local readers.

People need to quit bragging about their accomplishments/hearsay on this board, thereby raising the hopes of others.

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Banderas- he he he, sum1 replied me, dat was actually my first post on naira land.Bin a member here a week? so for being my first reply, i'l show u sum respect. When i posted that blog, it was merely advice, giving my own perspective. Whether u take it or not is left to u. whether u r right or wrong, ur status in 5 or ten years will tell. That said though, i know u dont want to be a great nigerian writer- i guess u made that comment cos i talked about achebe and adiche. U may be forgiven for alluding that adichie is a great nigerian writer, but achebe? Come on, if u r a writer, its best u start with knowing the pedigree of those who have gone a head of u. Achebe is not a great nigerian writer, he is a wolrd reknown writer, who just won the man booker prize(given to the beest work in atleast 25years). I dont have to start telling you about Achebe's achievements.

Now Wole Soyinka picked up his Nobel not bbeacuse he wrote about New York or Murder plots set on luxury yatchs on the atlantic but because of plots set right here. And this is not about limiting one's self, its about creating a nich for yourself. Its just about defineing territory. for what you want to do or are already doing, there are millions out there wwriting similar stuff. Thank God, u r aware so if u structured ur offerings along more traditional lines or even contemporary Nigerian or African themes, it would seem as if u were a pioneer in the eyes of those so called agents or publishers, cos Nigerian writers have not glutted that market out there yet.

If u r writing about Knights in shining armours, dats not Nigerian or African, is it. Am saying u must right about Nigeria or Africa, but just give the white man a new slant to ur own experince and he'll pay top dollar. u'l be surprised after ur first published work that they would be advancing u 3million green backs for ur next two works. If GP PUTNAM could give Stephen King $35million advance, y cant they give a Nigerian writer? But, we have to be original. you can write about u and become a wworld calss writer- u have more depth. Dont for once imagine that its only about writing about them that u can hit it. I tell u, its easier this way. Word

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Const6, do I have an agent? No. I sell myself to editors directly. I don't know who your agents are, but I tell you one thing - if you were to submit anything like that to my critique group, you won't even get a response. It's not such a good synopsis, it's more of an odd sounding monologue.

I'm quite sure that your novel is going to be interesting and captivating, but in the end, the last word lies with the editor/publisher, not with the agent.

You need to ask yourself what your target audience is, and then try and find out how they think and speak. Nobody I know thinks or speaks like that.

Apache - foreign Fiction. When I said I write/wrote foreign fiction, what I meant was that I wrote fiction, for the foreign market. But also, my fiction is such that you don't need to have lived in the area to write it - it's all imaginary places and people.

You need to realise that all these authors you spoke about wrote about Africa, but wrote about it in a way that was "palatable" and readable for the international crowd. And these Clancy's, Puzos and co, are also human. Mario Puzo is definitely not an english name, so if he can write that well, why can't I? Seriously, why must we limit ourselves?

Here's the thing - I want to be a GREAT WRITER, and NOT a great Nigerian writer. Of course it's going to cost me, it already does. The numerous books in my bookshelves, as well as the volume of notepads I've been through (I prefer to write my first draft with pen and paper - My mind works better that way) testifies to this. I also spend time and resources going to writers meets, and book fests. So while I get your point about people being realistic, I still believe people need to reach out. There's a popular saying: If you're going to the moon, aim for the sun.

And a peice of advice to all other authors in the make: Don't give up your day job.

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I am very tempted to call those who write foreign fiction losers but i wont. But then ask urself, how many of these people have been published? If u live in America or UK and u write about those climes, good, but sitting right here in Lagos and writing about manhattan? come on? the guy who said he has a manuscript since 1981 that got burnt, whats he gotten since? nothing and my guess is, he wont get published. all of them claim to have agents representing them in new york or where ever. Agents come a dime a dozen, but try getting published with harper collins or corgi or Avon and see where it gets u, exactly no where. Of course, there may be few exceptions, but exceptions are never the norm, they remain exceptions.

My point is, u cant try to tell Americans about America, u cant try to sell to America what is theirs. Ur best bet is sell to Americans what is alien to them, write about Nigeria,  about aAfricaand export it to them, they'll pay anything for that. Chinua aAchebedid that in 1958, and he is still relevant today- he just won the man booker prize weeks ago for a work that is more than 50years old. DDon'tlet anybody ddeceiveyou, u will just keep on paying huge sums for critiques without a deal.

If u were more original, more aAfrican u stand  a better chance of getting a lolook iny the big publishing houses. Why do u think the Ben Okri's, the Chimamanda ngozi Adichies etc who live in the UK and US still turn back to Nigeria as scenes for their plots? Because they know their only hope of  beating the Grishams, the Puzos and Clancy's to better deals at the same publishing houses is to give the editors manuscripts that dondon'tlk about launch systems of nuclear submarines, or biometric denial systems of museums but culturally relevant or even contemporary themed Nigerian novels.

A word is enough for the wise, else, you'll be chasing shadows writing silly manuscripts and not getgettingblished till ur landlord comes to stop your foolish quest with a knock and his rent papers. When u cant pay, u''l sadly have to go back to your village.

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@CoolSay

Its not quite easy to get an agent, you have to continue to send out your work for them to peruse, thank God for internet now, you can email it to them and if they say they either have enough client or the work is not good enough, but dont give up, it took me a long time to get an agent, i suppose i sent my work to over fifty agents before i was picked by one.

As for copyright, dont worry about the agents abroad, if they dont represent your work, they usually dispose it, because they have a reputation to maintain, they prefer to have good integrity and make little money than make alot of money and end up in jail after paying so much damages, but the best way to copyright in africa is to send your work in a sealed envelop to your address i.e: Address an envelop (putting your postal address), then take it to a post office, and send it to yourself, when you receive it, never open it, just leave it sealed, so you can always use it to contest any fringe.

Take care, wish you luck

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Thanks const6, I appreciate your advice but I have some more questions,

Can you give me any links to find a reliable agent? and is there an easy and inexpensive way to get my poems copyrighted?

Thanks once again,

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@CoolSay,

Good work, first you need to get yourself an agent, every writer must have an agent.

As for short stories, talk to Orikinla at this thread.

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Hi,

I have been writing poetry for some years,  My first question is how do I get my poetry published and make money from it? I've gotten review from over 20 people and they all say the poems are good - if I get it published they would buy,  Secondly, How can develop my skills in writing short stories / plays?

I need all the advice I can get,

Thanks,

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Check the post on the First Crime Novel Competition.

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The framework for your novel is enough to gauge the depth of your story.

It is going to be a full length novel.

May I advise you, to do a thorough research on the locations, because you must know the characteristics and social cultural backgrounds of the people, places and things in your story.

The means of transportation by land, sea or air.

The routes of the plane and the airport.

The most important features of the airport, the city and people.

The locations of the subways, bus stops, etc.

When writing on New York, I researched the city in details and called my American partner who knows NYC very well to verify and confirm the details.

When I wrote about London many years ago, I wrote about a particular shop on a street and studied about a particular shopkeeper on the street and when people read it, they couldn't believe that I never visited London. Those in London knew the shop and knew the woman I wrote about.

My novel on German Occupation of France during World War Two, required months of reading books on the history of the occupation of France.

You can write it and make it one of the best thrillers from Nigeria.

I wish you all the best.

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@Banderas

I suppose as a writer you know whats a SYNOPSIS?

And do you have an agent? I suppose not.

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What kind of story is this? Did you actually send this to your agent? With all the question marks? I hope this is the summary that appears on the back of the novel, not the entirety of the novel.

To the best of my knowledge, agents want to see the framework of your story, highlighting key points. You also need to work on your writing - suck the reader into your novel, make their heartbeats race during the peaks, and make them cry during the low points.

i'm more fantasy adventure, my stories are about heroes, villains, damsels and knights in armour. Mix in a large dollop of romance, and a sprinkling of romance and intrigue.

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Hello everybody,

This is what the synopsis of one of my novels look like, let me get your view, ok? Just say how you see am!

What will you do if you have the murder of an innocent girl on tape? What will you do if you have an easy plan that could make you over two million dollar richer? How far will you go to find the murderer of your parents? Would you stalk for two months to harness this plan? Would you report the murder of the innocent girl to the police? Or would you use the tape for blackmail to further your own interest?

If you have the knowledge will you crash a plane to pay back for a crash that claimed the lives of your parents?

These are some of the questions Pamela Townsend and Huff Chapman must resolve in my novel A Defector’s Reward. When Pamela witness the murder of Kate Laurel, she will know that her solution to the jigsaw of her making her first million was in the person of Huff. Soon her Intimate lovemaking with Huff and Carr Roberts got the engines of her plan churning, as Huff plays along though against his will. This will start a relationship that will result in the stealing of diamonds worth five million dollars, a terrorist act of crashing a plane and murder of five people. Pamela got engulfed in a robbery that was digging her grave and at the same time unraveling the murderers of her parents.

Detective Bernard Molone will be on hand to cover up the grave when it will finally get filled.

It is for the above crime novel intersparsed with romatic sex scenes that I seek your representation. The novel completes at 68,000 words. A series of different titles but same private investigator is nearing completion and another freestanding novel titled Reckless Hope is completed.

So everybody, lets hear it.

NB: This was in a letter sent to my agent for representation, ok

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I thank you all for the support, i has really made me get up once more and have that great mind to continue with my writing.

It takes a great deal of our imagination to put this things together, but the condition of the African man normally puts us behind our conterparts in other parts of this great world, but with people like you with wonderful advise, no doubt, we all most achieve.

Thanks once again, i look forward to meeting all you have a heart for writing.

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Do you know where i can mail this to, mine is more or less on terrorism, will be glad if you can help. Thanks

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consts, the federal government of the united state is currently looking for fiction writers(terrorism) , u can mail in ur stuff .who knows, u might be lucky

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My great power is the awesome imagination God has given me and His Rhema has no boundaries.

My first foreign fiction was Revolt in the Ranch set in America during the American Civil War and Maja Pearce of Heinemann who read it in 1981 called it a Western novel. But the manuscript was destroyed last year. I can rewrite it whenever I have the break to do so.

I have written shorter foreign fiction and the most popular is O posted on Gather, in my journal on Oprah's website and here on Nairaland.

May I advise you to join the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) if you are not yet a member and the best literary association for writers in the US is the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC) in NY, because these two bodies will take you higher.

I have been a member of ANA and CLSC since 1987.

I wish you all the best.

Just make us proud.

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Oriki - how the hell did you lose your manuscript? Don't you have a soft copy? That is simply not good, not good enough.

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