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BeeJoy wrote 343 days ago is your day? Would you want to swap reads and comment? tof you want to read the is available on a few sites. Barnes andnoble proceeds are going to help burn survivors. Please support? I will read and comment your book:)

Joshua Roebuck wrote 376 days ago   

Hi Jason ;)

Sea People is coming along. I just passed 25k words, which is still very slow! But I have a week away soon so hope to make some further progress then. I have the plot much more clearly mapped in my head and I am going for the Hero's Journey, deliberately, for 2 reasons: It HAS to relate directly to the only literature that dates from that time period, via oral traditions and it fits the plot I already mapped out really well in any case. I've taken the story back a short while in time, so that I don't rely so much on flashbacks and, hey presto, this made the story into 3 acts of similar length.

I'm excited to know you're involved in Quilt. maybe this is part of the reason you faltered. But 50k is bloody impressive! Have you tried Scribophile? I've seen a little of it and the crit you get there is much more of the encouraging variety and in helpful detail too. Having said that, I don't know NaNoWriMo at all, but some Scrib writers have also been on there.

In fact, it might suit Quilt really well if Shelley is up for trying it. The tool they provide for making comments is awesome. In line editing and commenting.

The whole world is self-pubbing now it seems, to even get agents involved, so I know you guys will be well down the road. The day will come for you on one of the projects. I am quite certain of it.

Oh, and it really is nice to see you properly :)


Joshua Roebuck wrote 378 days ago   

Hi, Jason. In case it didn't show, I really was thrilled to hear from you!

Last I knew, Quilt was Shelley's baby and Oxley was yours. The profile blurb suggests the new book is joint work. Is that the case now? I really hope you're progressing with yours. It has great potential.

Josh :)

Joshua Roebuck wrote 378 days ago   

Hey! No need to flash eyelids at me. I got you online after five months!

Howdy doody, handsome?

:D hee

Software wrote 508 days ago   

Hello ,

Hope you are well. Maybe you would like to try out my new satire, Doghouse Blues. Here is an endorsement:

I was attracted to Doghouse Blues from the pitch alone because it was so very different. There are so many budding writers out there who want to earn the same sort of money as J K Rowling by writing exactly the same kind of book and , to be frank, I am getting a bit tired of it.
This, on the other hand, struck me as being an original piece of work. The product of a lively mind and written by someone who is an excellent observer of the real world out there and who knows how to translate his observations into print. Just the right amount of dialogue, which carries the story along well.
I have not read the complete book (yet) but have dipped into it fairly freely to see if the momentum is maintained. It certainly is.
Philip John

Looking forward to reading your comments on the Doghouse Blues webpage.

All the best,


AudreyB wrote 511 days ago   

Hi, there—

Fellow Authonomy writer Patty Apostolides contacted me recently to ask me to participate in The Next Big Thing blog tour and of course I said yes.

She blogged about her own book, and offered links to the blogs of five other writers. You can see her post at

Would you like to participate? I am ready to post the answers to the questions Patty shared with me, and would love to suggest that people visit your blog.

Here are the questions:
1) What is the working title of your book?

2) Where did the idea come from for your book?

3) What genre does your book fall under?

4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?

5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

8) What other books would you compare this story to?

9) Who or what inspired you to write the book?

10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Just let me know.

Thanks much!

Wussyboy wrote 520 days ago   

Thanks a lot, Jason. I just dropped a line to Shelley on gmail.

Take care, both of you


KMac23 wrote 534 days ago   

You will be there until the finish. Loved your book! Kara

Sara Stinson wrote 541 days ago   

Hi Jason
Hi Paul,
With a new month soon approaching, I was wondering if you could spare a space on your shelf for Finger Bones. It was at 23, but has slid to 31 this month. If you can help , it would be most appreciative and help Finger Bones to the big desk.
Thanks ahead of time,
Sara :)

I will be happy to read your book if I have not. No need to read mine. It has had many wonderful suggestions.

K E Shaw wrote 545 days ago   

Hi Jason and Shelley
tonight I'm going to reread chap 3-5 of SoJ for Club Grim round 2 using the copy you guys sent me via email - just easier that way. have there been many changes in the last month, and is there anything in particular you want to know about? I'll ignore any coy-editing type stuff and concentrate on storyline etc?
cheers - :)

LCF Quartet wrote 551 days ago   

Hi J,
I love Shelvis, and Sea of Jasmine! We're all friends here on Authonomy. I would love to read your book and send you feedback -if you've uploaded any of it- but it will be great if you could take a look at mine.
Your comments and star-rating will be highly appreciated, as well as your backing -if you like the concept of course.
Best wishes,
Lucette- Ten Deep Footprints

Greenleaf wrote 555 days ago

Di Manzara wrote 561 days ago   

Hi, I hope you're having a fine day or evening! :)

I have a fun book for boys titled Leo & Rover: The Purple Marble Adventures.
I'd love to hear from you! :)


Tarzan For Real wrote 563 days ago   

It was November 12,2011 and I sat with a shot of crown at a small bar, Fat Harry's, off of St Charles Ave in New Orleans. The day for the most part had been a brisk sevety degrees. However as two P.M. rolled around and a few people gathered across the street at The Academy of the Sacred Heart, I felt the temperature slightly drop and regretted not having brought a coat.

I moved with a slight buzz from the second glass of crown and the beer back chaser. I made my way between the traffic and the St Charles streetcar to The Academy of the Sacred Heart. After making it across I began meeting the people I would come to know as friends and extended family--ka tet.

You see, we had come from different regions, different climates, and certainly different cultures to meet one man. His name was Stephen King. His encouragement inspired me to put the stories before you now and many more.

You have an intriguing book and just from the pitch I see strong writing. I'll have to come back and read this thoroughly.

New Orleans is the city of romance, mystery , and sometimes things that go bump in the night. I brought three novels based in and aroung the city that care forgot. These three novels explore the tragic consequences of choice and self sacrifice.

"The Devil Of Black Bayou" is the tale of a pirate longing for his wife murdered by the Devil at sea. Expect a poem to set the atmosphere of love lost or waiting to return.

"The Wings of the Seraph" is the betrayal of a cowboy to the woman that he loves who may not be all she appears. Her daddy shows arrives angry. He's not angry at the betrayal but that the girl has been playing with her food. A poem again to warn of betraying a creature of the air.

"Shadow Ghosts of the Moonlight" is the story of a bounty hunter who falls in love just before he has to track...a werewolf.

I'd be honored to have you read, review, and if you like the books back them. I promise to return the favor.--JL

Arnbjorn wrote 566 days ago   

Hey JofSJ

I thought I'd message you direct rather than the thread as people will get confused between the Voyager thing and Tor.

A letter is required for Tor, but it should accompany or include the synopsis. That and the first 10,000 words would then be sent. My letter introduced me and my book, with all the selling points (targeted readership, inspiration etc). If you have any credentials, they should obviously be included in the letter too.

Hope that helps.

Kate LaRue wrote 569 days ago   

You're welcome, J.

miacia7 wrote 569 days ago   

Hi. After I lost my son this year, I felt I had to write the story of my life. So much happened, I believe almost everybody can have something in common with me, good or bad. Please take a look and let me know what you think. Thank you

ubulord wrote 569 days ago   

"The Prince and the Singularity – A Circular Tale" is a book with one big advantage, one only needs to read the first 40 lines to know whether one is going to like the story or not. If after the first 40 lines you're not hooked, no need to bother reading the rest.

TPN wrote 572 days ago   

Dear J,

I would like to ask you to take a look at my book, “The Words That Created God: An Atheist Reveals the True Meaning of The Ten Commandments.” Please don’t let the title or subject matter put you off. This is a very different sort of book.

I am a writer, editor, and former lawyer with a degree in economics, and I have a very unusual take on this ancient list.

“The Words That Created God” is a short, provocative read on the nature of faith. Not primarily religious faith, but the interpersonal faith human beings must create between each other to make civilization possible—how it is created, how it is lost, why we need it. And why belief in a single God is not the source of this faith, but merely one option it presents, and not always the best one, historically or now.

I use biblical archeology, scriptural criticism, and even an extended allegory—a dialogue with Moses—to look at what the Ten Commandments really mean. The rules of the Ten Commandments should be seen, not as a religious artifact, but as a punch list for the minimum requirements of human society. I want to add, however, that the book is not anti religion in the least, but it reveals the dilemma of monotheism: how belief in a single, omnipotent god often sinks into a cycle of religious orthodoxy that undermines the very faith that religion seeks to foster. And how destructive that can be.

If there is a book that can be insightful, entertaining, and even inspiring, this is it. I hope you will enjoy reading it, and comments are certainly welcome.

I do return reads, of course, and provide comments based on my experience as an editor.


Timothy Niedermann

MrsGray wrote 573 days ago   

Thanks of the continued support of The Illusion!
I'm hoping I break into the 300's soon!

April Gray
The Illusion