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Old 24th May 2007, 08:05 PM   #241 (permalink)
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150 of us living in shoe box in middle of road....
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Old 24th May 2007, 08:46 PM   #242 (permalink)
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150 of us living in shoe box in middle of road....
all these shoe boxes and yet none of us wears shoes...

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darkly humorous, even gallows humor, approach to this.
Then how do you fit in a 19 year old Belgian
Is it contagious?
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Old 25th May 2007, 06:37 AM   #243 (permalink)
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I blame the chips with mayo...and possibly the mussels...
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Old 25th May 2007, 10:13 AM   #244 (permalink)
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You may have noticed that some of our UK members have a somewhat - how can I put this? - darkly humorous, even gallows humor, approach to this. I blame the smogs in the 1950s, personally. Some of which I remember, sadly...
As this point I can only quote;

Baldrick: Well, Mr Blackadder always says, when the going gets tough, the tough hide under the table.

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Old 30th May 2007, 10:20 AM   #245 (permalink)
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There's nothing like a cunning plan...
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Old 30th May 2007, 04:15 PM   #246 (permalink)
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Blackadder: It's all part of my subtle plan.
Baldric: I don't see any subtle plan.
Blackadder: Baldric, you wouldn't see a subtle plan if it dressed itself up in purple and danced upon a harpischord singing 'Subtle Plans Are Here Again'.

By the way, I know this has absolutely nothing to do with this forum, but moments of randomness are good for the soul. Or something.
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Old 30th May 2007, 05:09 PM   #247 (permalink)
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Exactly. All work and no play...

But now we can get back to the serious business of publishing!
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Old 31st May 2007, 03:45 AM   #248 (permalink)
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Hi John

I saw this article and would be interested in your thoughts

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070517/ap_en_ot/books_in_print_forever_1

As I read it, a publishers hold the rights to a book for as long as it is in print, and publishers may begin defining still being in print as being available as Print On Demand - meaning they can retain the rights to a book and effectively never publish any copies.
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Old 31st May 2007, 03:56 AM   #249 (permalink)
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I'll try...

John, can you make any distinction in the difference between dark urban fantasy and paranormal thriller? I'm thinking that in general terms one is fantasy and one is thriller.

Can they cross over? My agent and I agreed that I should try a paranormal thriller with a heavy romance element. This was to increase our chances in the market place, as far as extra reads and opportunities. My last book that was picked up was an urban fantasy, kinda dark. But the fantasy is really not that much different than the recent paranormal thriller.

Could the thriller also be sent to the fantasy markets? I guess a little genre switch on the query/synopsis could do the trick, eh?

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Old 31st May 2007, 08:09 AM   #250 (permalink)
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Yes, it's an extremely thin line. Laurell Hamilton really kick-startd this supernatural thriller area, and Orbit in the UK, for instance, now publsh a number of authors in that area, ranging from Hamilton to Jim Butcher, Tanya Huff, Barb & JC Hendee and a number of others. Some are nearer the romantic end of the spectrum, others more tough thrillers. To some degree it will depend on the specific publisher and editor to whom your work is being submitted. One senior editor in London told me her company wanted to see the romantic supernatural stuff, but not the more - as they saw it - male-oriented supernatural thrillers...
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Hi John.

On a related topicÖ

How wide does the Urban Fantasy/Supernatural Thriller umbrella stretch?

Reason being, Iím trying to classify my own work for an initial query to an agent and I donít want the agent to think Iím trying to con them with a misleading genre tag.
I think of my novel as an Urban Fantasy, because it the characters and stories have ďfantasticalĒ elements to them, based in a modern day environment. But from the books Iíve seen and read, UF is usually based largely around the occult and magic, vampires, werewolves, witches, gods and so on. All funky groovy but my book doesnít contain any of that. Are these things required for an UF/ST genre tag?

Problem is, thereís no way I can class my book as a standard action adventure or a thriller. Not unless immortals and ancient creatures from before the dawn of time start popping up in Tom Clancy or Vince Flynn novels...

Does it just come down to crossing fingers and hoping that the agent is forgiving/open minded about conventions of genre?
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Old 31st May 2007, 06:47 PM   #252 (permalink)
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I think from what you say you can certainly call it urban fantasy, but make the points you state here in your covering letter, then you can't be accused of trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes!!!

I still think of Charles de Lint and Emma Bull as writing urban fantasy, rather than 'supernatural thrillers'...
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John, agreed on that. Actually, paranormal romance is a really hot ticket right now. I have a very heavy romance element in mine, plus I gave it an "empowered" female lead. But I still want to call it a thriller because of the structure. I guess I'm just homesick, having to be classified in a different genre. I'm the tried and true SF and Fantasy author--at least I thought so.

Yanno, I always thought that urban fantasy was like Bedazzed, Manikin, Date with an Angel, Wierd Science, Splash, Click, The Girl the Gold Watch and Everything, Bewitched, Stepford Wives, and others of that ilk. I guess that stuff is a little too light for what the market wants nowadays, eh? I love humor and irony, with implied sex. Boy, have I changed. As Arnold would say, "Now you are writing gurly books, gurly man." Heh, but it's fun, stretching my talent and getting inside the heads of female leads. Certainly a departure for me.

It's true that the marketing plan lies with the publisher. Heck, if it's too far off the genre mark, I guess it can tailored to suit with rewrites.

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Old 1st June 2007, 08:12 AM   #254 (permalink)
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Yeah, over here Gollancz are starting a new imprint: Gollancz Romancz...good grief. Vamps and sex...
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Old 1st June 2007, 12:24 PM   #255 (permalink)
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I think from what you say you can certainly call it urban fantasy, but make the points you state here in your covering letter, then you can't be accused of trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes!!!
Cool. Thanks for your help John.
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