Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dream Agents and Authors

Today was going to be my last post to answer reader questions, but it ended up so long I've decided to split it into two. Today's questions are about (what else?) - writing!

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Q - Brian asks: If you could get personal writing advice from any author (living or dead), who would that be...and why?

A - This may not be very original, but I'd have to go with Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games books are my all-time favorites, and she's an amazing author. How I would love someday to create a character as memorable as Katniss!

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Q - Candyland asks: If you had to choose, would you rather have a fantastic book no one sees or crap that has been published?

A - I dream of getting published, but not if it's something I can't hold my head up and be proud about. So I'd have to go with the fantastic - if unread - book.

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Q - Jennifer Shirk asks: How long have you been writing? Are you agented? If not, who is your dream agent?

A - I've been writing longer than I'd like to admit. Off and on since about the second grade, though I got serious about getting a book published maybe five years ago. I'm not agented, and I don't have a dream agent, though I have been known to look longingly at the Writer's House website from time to time. :)

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Q - Lotusgirl asks: Are you a naturally good speller or do you rely on spell check?

A - I don't use spell check at all. I guess I'm a pretty good speller naturally, though when I run into a question about spelling, I'll check it on dictionary.com. And I've certainly been known to let the occasional typo slip by.

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How about you? Which author would you most like to get personal writing advice from? Do you have a dream agent? Do you use spell check?


Tomorrow is a big day - Talli Roland's Blogsplash! In honor of the occasion, I'll be posting on Wednesday instead of Thursday. Then next Tuesday I'll wrap up my Q&A series with some more questions on writing.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

22 comments:

Kelly Breakey said...

I totally use a spell check in the word processing software that I use and I a grammatical check in the Grammar Police that is my beta reader. Thank god for them. I don't actually want writing advice, but would love to talk shop with Nora Roberts of Jill Shalvis. Two of my favs.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I am NOT a good speller. I can slaughter a word so bad, not even Spellcheck knows what I'm trying to say!

Talli Roland said...

No spell check? I'm a pretty good speller but the world's worst typist! I shudder to think.

Thank you for adjusting your post schedule for my Web Splash! I really appreciate it! : )

Terri Tiffany said...

I would love advice from E. Berg--love her style!

Candyland said...

Eek. Life without spell check is ahhfull :)

Anne Gallagher said...

I don't know how I missed this Susan but it's great.

I use spell-check but then I fight with it because I KNOW I am a fantastic speller. Hah!

Writing advice -- I think maybe Hemingway but I already know what he would say, "Write drunk and edit sober." Wish I could.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Another round of interesting Q&A!

I looked at the Writers' House with longing also. That and ABLA - and holy frig, I got in! Keep trying!!!

Brian said...

I liked the spell check question, I think the computerized spell checkers can be a real pain!

Joanne said...

I like to read a variety of authors, and love learning from each by noting their style, their techniques. I guess in a way, it's my way of getting advice from them :)

Old Kitty said...

I need spell check cos I type faster than my brain even if I'd like to think I can spell ok!

Terry Pratchett is my dream author I'd love to get advise from! :-)

Yay for Talli's blogsplash!! Take care
x

Carol Riggs said...

Fun to read your answers!
Me? My spelling and grammar skills are quite good (ahem) but I do leave the Spell Check on because my fingers don't always cooperate on the keyboard.

I don't have a "dream" agent but there are some I'd definitely love to work with!

Jai Joshi said...

Oh man, I've no idea about who I'd talk to. I guess it would be Shakespeare. He's my all time favourite author. I'm always wondering how he did it. How did he know? How did he tell stories so perfectly they touched people for centuries?

Great answers, Susan. I feel like I'm learning so much about you in these answers. I'm glad you're doing these posts.

Jai

Susan R. Mills said...

I'm a good speller, but it's typos I have a problem with. I use spell check for that reason.

Jackee said...

Great Q & A! You and I have talked about how hard Katniss would be to write at our level of skill, but we'll get there someday! And I can attest to how rarely you let those typos slip through. :o)

Have a wonderful day!

Lynda Young said...

I don't know how you can manage without a spell check. I'm always doing typoes. Always.

Lola Sharp said...

Man, there are so many dead authors and poets I wouldn't mind having a cocktail or coffee with, not to mention living writers. I don't think I could narrow the list down to less than a couple hundred.

I don't use spell check but I am prone to typos. I think faster than I type...or I type faster than I think (?)...some kind of misfire happens on a frequent basis. :)

Happy Tuesday!
Love,
Lola

Theresa Milstein said...

Love this Q&A. I'm impressed with Suzanne Collins too, but I think she missed the mark in book 3. Book 1 is still my favorite.

I'd like to meet J.K. Rowling (even more original). Not only is her work genius, but she comes off as a nice person, without a big head after all this fame and adoration.

Lydia Kang said...

I'm kinda sad the Q & A is coming to a close. It's been so fun!

Elaine AM Smith said...

The Q & A was fun. Good luck on your next agent hunt outing. ;)

Lynn said...

I have to read The Hunger Games! I'll make it my Christmas treat. I'd like to receive advise from Alice Munro although I know I would be intimidated in her presence!

Jennifer Shirk said...

LOL~ Yeah, I don't have dream agent either. :)

Patti Lacy said...

Fun to read!
The Hunger Games just got added to my check it out list.

Which has filled up the last page of my journal.

Blessings, dear one.
Patti