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Friday, May 7, 2010

The Frankenstein Challenge at PQS

Currently reading - Amazon Queen by Lori Devoti

Here's an interesting challenge if you think other writers will steal your ideas. Rick Daley has a contest over at The Public Query Slushpile with real-live No Prizes stolen from the Marvel Comics vaults!

Seriously though, he's got a nice little exercise/experiment on creativity. Rick has posted a story outline. You just have to write a query letter and the first five pages of a novel based on the outline and e-mail them to Rick by 10PM EDT on May 28, 2010. He'll post each entry on the 31st, then launch a public discussion about the entries on June 4th.

Personally, I think Rick's experiment will show that it's not the idea itself, it's the execution that attracts the agents, editors and readers.

4 comments:

  1. Personally, I think Rick's experiment will show that it's not the idea itself, it's the execution that attracts the agents, editors and readers.

    Agreed. Only baby writers (and a handful of oldtimers who never got the clue) get all paranoid about people stealing their precious ideas. Ideas are a dime a dozen; it's what you do with them line-by-line that matters.

    Angie

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  2. The problem is I've heard/read something similar from a couple of agents. Those type of comments do not fill me with confidence in these folks' competence or knowledge of the publishing industry.

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  3. Those type of comments do not fill me with confidence in these folks' competence or knowledge of the publishing industry.

    No I agree completely. :/ Yet another reason to ignore the whole agent game. Or at the very least, ignore those particular chunks of it. Good grief.

    Angie

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  4. LOL Don't worry. Those particular chunks have been crossed off my list.

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