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19226 montmorencey17th Apr 2013 06:33:49 PM from the quaint town of Grimm, Bismarck and Gauss
So...yeah.
Look for an RPG which is story/plot driven, rather than the 'dungeon crawl' variety.
Complicated - because simple is simply too simple.
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Makes sense!

I just wonder about the information given to other players. How much detail will it need?
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
19228 ramuf17th Apr 2013 06:52:48 PM from Matterfact Street
Hello everyone. I've finally decided (after lurking for a while...) to go into the forums.

I have no idea what to say. Just wanted to say hello.
Sideshow cars and plastic stars
19229 CrystalGlacia17th Apr 2013 07:02:23 PM from Cedarpointland
you may have heard of me
[up][up]Information about your character, or story? If the former, it's up to you to determine what you need to show based on what the signup sheet asks for and what you need to do to refit the character from your world to theirs. If the latter, that's up to you as well; just know that you're supposed to fit a character into that world rather than the other way around.

[up] Hey. Welcome, mate.
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[up][up]It'd be independent, so... Maybe that'll depend on who I'm roleplaying as?
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
19231 MajorTom17th Apr 2013 08:11:30 PM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
You know, Major, they invented these things called "notebooks" and "pencils" that are really awesome, they don't even need batteries!

I can't always carry around a notebook or notepad and pen. For one, I don't have as many pockets as my ACU's did.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
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Roleplaying an original character for the first time was an experience. I hated him sometimes, but at the end of the day, I really miss playing as him.
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
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Double post

edited 17th Apr '13 9:18:20 PM by risingdreamer

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
19234 chihuahua018th Apr 2013 04:57:37 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Here's my first post over at YA Confidential on social media and our responsibility while approaching it.

19235 DeMarquis18th Apr 2013 05:56:42 AM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Well done, Chi, well done...
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
Hm, future note for myself if I ever get anything published: Do not have the book series described as chronicles or a saga. It's a series. That's it.
19237 MajorTom18th Apr 2013 08:53:47 AM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
^ Only refer to things like "trilogy", "saga" or "series" in your own personal notes or lexicon, nothing official like the book cover. (Unless it's a re-issue later down the line after one or more sequels has been published.)
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
19238 ohsointocats18th Apr 2013 08:56:21 AM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Well it's a trilogy if it's three books. But most of the time you don't really need three books. or you need more than three books. Really three books is a really bad thing to pidgeonhole into.
19239 MajorTom18th Apr 2013 08:58:25 AM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
That's why you don't make mention of it on things like the first release print covers. Make it seem standalone even if you actually planned out (or have written) a trilogy or more.
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
19240 Khantalas18th Apr 2013 08:59:17 AM from ((Not actually a creepy adorable little girl.))
Creepy adorable little girl
Else you will have things like the fifth book in an increasingly misnamed trilogy.
"Be mine, dear big brother."
19241 ohsointocats18th Apr 2013 09:00:33 AM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
That's only really relevant if you're self-publishing. If you sign a book deal for three books then there's going to be three books, and even if you die horribly in an accident before you finish, it's not really your choice whether "trilogy" goes on the covers or not.

edited 18th Apr '13 9:01:14 AM by ohsointocats

Wait so do I tell the publishing company that I have five to seven books planned or not?

You guys are kind of contradicting each other.

19243 ohsointocats18th Apr 2013 09:32:03 AM from The Sand Wastes , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
You only tell them that after they want you.
19244 chihuahua018th Apr 2013 10:26:21 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
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No, I believe you're supposed to stay whether a book is standalone or in a planned series when you're querying agents and/or editors.
...thanks.
19246 chihuahua018th Apr 2013 10:46:47 AM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Writer's Welcome Wagon
We can simply ask a couple of agents on Twitter. I can't right now since the school server blocks it, but I can later.

Oh, and I forgot to thank you earlier, but thanks for the compliment, De Marquis!

edited 18th Apr '13 1:39:10 PM by chihuahua0

19247 chihuahua018th Apr 2013 01:58:09 PM from Standoff, USA , Relationship Status: I LOVE THIS DOCTOR!
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Double post as a way of alerting those using the thread watchlist feature.

So I got on Twitter and got a few responses. From what I see, you should say whether a novel's standalone or has series potential, and is that you're not supposed to say that a novel does/doesn't have series potential after querying, and even then, an agent/editor can tell.

In summary, it's not fixed. Once picked up by a publishing company, a novel can either be made standalone, standalone but open for a series if sales are good enough, or a surefire series from the start.


But to make things clear, this:

That's only really relevant if you're self-publishing. If you sign a book deal for three books then there's going to be three books, and even if you die horribly in an accident before you finish, it's not really your choice whether "trilogy" goes on the covers or not.

is correct. And the answer to this:

Wait so do I tell the publishing company that I have five to seven books planned or not?

is "yes, in your querying, but be open for a standalone or a standalone with series potential".

edited 18th Apr '13 2:04:30 PM by chihuahua0

19248 Wheezy18th Apr 2013 06:11:04 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
Hit 20k words/60 pages on this latest project today. (I've been writing for just over two months, BTW.)

edited 18th Apr '13 6:14:11 PM by Wheezy

19249 MajorTom18th Apr 2013 07:41:27 PM , Relationship Status: Barbecuing
Eye'm the cutest!
I've been thinking lately and I've begun wondering, what themes would this sort of premise-like question invoke?

"What would you do if you had the key to all knowledge? Would you use it? Would you hide it away? Would you share it? Would you defend it from those who would take it from you? Would you fight to take it from those that have it?"
"Allah may guide their bullets, but Jesus helps those who aim down the sights."
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I've been using Chuck Wendig's 350 words a day approach toward writing the past week and I have to say I'm finding it a lot more relaxing, enjoyable and a lot easier to surpass 350 words. I hope it continues this way.
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