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mark_w_16601
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Hello all you wonderful people,

I am new to writing and this is my first exposure to this site. I look forward to reading the postings. I have been writing a manuscript for a year and have just completed it. I am now working on my querry letter and looking for an agent. My story is based on an alternative view of where UFOs are from and I tie the phenonomen into historical events.

Thank you in advance for your attention and I hope to be of whatever help I can be to all of you.

Mark


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Crystal Stevens
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Hello, Mark. So nice of you to stop by and join us. Please come in and make yourself right at home on this beautiful leather recliner. It's not often I beat everyone to the door even though I'm the official greater... at least I like to think I am .

Welcome to Hatrack .


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Thank you for the greeting and the wink


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Welcome, Mark. Here's your link to the Hatrack Utility Belt, also known as the H.U.B. It's for fun, so I hope you enjoy it.
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Hello, Mark -

Welcome to Hatrack! You have my curiosity up - UFOs eh?
Hmmm - typical speculations have been aliens, advance civilizations in the past (Atlantis), advanced civilizations in the future (time travelers), and spiritual beings (angels). I love a riddle - am I right on any of these?

On a side issue, I am the local cinemaphile. Is there a movie or story that first inspired your love for sci-fi?


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Welcome. I too am new here, as well as new to writing. I think you are going to find this site very helpful. I have experimented with some other websites hoping to interact with other aspiring writers but found myself a little frustrated at times (mainly with the 13 year old girls writing about their one true loves.) Not that I am discouraging any sort of writing, we all have to start somewhere, and some of it IS a wee-bit insightful, however I was hoping to look for a more narrow scope of writers to interact with and this looks to be the place. So I welcome you and look forward to maybe getting to sample some of your work. Enjoy!
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philocinemas


Yes, no, and no to answer your questions, but it is much deeper than a simple yes.

Thank you for your welcome note.

My favorite film concerning UFOs was Into the Sky believe it or not. I like having some realism in my movies. My favorite movie of all time is tombstone, but that isn't very original.

I am working on the screenplay for my manuscript. I truly think my novel would make for an excellent movie. I am a movie freak.

Look forward to conversing with you...


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cjpatrick

thank you for the introduction. perhaps we can start our own thread and writer group. I can see how the 13 line thing is an issue. we can call it newbees or in my case, noidea..lol

mark


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Hi Mark!

One of the cooler things about writing, for me, is that I never have a clue where it's gonna take me. Maybe that never changes. The personal journey involved in writing doesn't though, I'm sure of that. I'm in my second full length novel and doing the query thing too. Don't hesitate to drop any of the secrets to overnight success you discover in your endless googling on the subject my way.

Are you doing a re-draft right now or do you have an editor doing it? Or is your novel ready-to-go? You may find many in the novel forum who are also going through that. (Hint: People's email addresses can be found up top in their post with the little pen/envelope icon, I didn't know that when I was newbie)

I'd assure you though, no matter how long any of us have been writing or on the Hatrack (maybe a month now for myself), there's still stuff we can learn -- probably from you! So, close your eyes and jump in feet first, man.


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Reagansgame

Hi Reagansgame,

Sorry it took so long to reply. I will try to email you anything I discover in the next few days. I just purchased three editing/writing books to self-edit my novel further. I read the average auther edits his book 12 times before he/she is happy with it. There are some great links to agents/publishers. Try this one:

http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/peba.htm

I am currently attempting to correct the spelling, grammer, and sentence structure. This is my third look over. My next step will be to go through the book line by line and either polish it up or leave it alone. This is why I bought the books.

Only four people have read any of my book and they all say they love it. Nobody has completed the entire novel. I only allowed them to read the first 175 pages (My manuscript is 365 pages so far).

What are the subject of your books?

I would love to bounce ideas back and fourth with you.

Mark


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Greetings! have a cupcake!


Are you familiar with John Keel?


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Merlion,

What is a cupcake? I googled your keel guy. why do you ask?


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Welcome.
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Mark, Merlion offers new members various desserts within our virtual world, whether that be a treehouse, a space station, or wherever our minds and fingers might meet. I am assuming the Keel reference was in regards to your interest in UFOs.
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Welcome, Mark.

Your project sounds very interesting and we'll be looking forward to reading whatever bits and pieces you choose to share. An early favorite UFO movie for me was Strange Invaders, which was just fun and I recently got around to watching Taken, which was done well. There's always room for more good, speculative fiction. May your work find a proper home.

Enjoy your stay!


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kin,

I loved taken. Thank you for the welcome.

mark


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Mark,
Welcome from another newbie. I love UFOs, and I love historical fiction, so your story sounds fun to me!
Best wishes with the query letters,
Carol

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Yes, the Keel reference was due to his non-typical views on UFO phenomena. I tend to agree with most of what Keel says and thinks, except I disagree with his notion that theres still a fundementally "scientific" explanation.
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