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WotC open call for novel proposals
« on: March 05, 2003, 09:41:56 PM »
So Wizards of the Coast is placing an open call for novel proposals.
http://www.wizards.com/dnd/article.asp?x=fr/fx20030305x

So what does everyone think of this procedure?
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2003, 12:36:11 PM »
This seems like an odd trend they're starting. World proposals I can understand, but novel proposals? I mean, why not just start accepting novels instead?
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2003, 12:44:22 PM »
It seems that they are looking for a new series writer.
My understanding is that writers tend not to stick around too long on writing series since it is too easy to get labeled by a series. WotC may not have the infrastructure to start excepting normal novel proposals in that they publish for a rather specific market. Anyways, I do find this to be sort of odd, but a good oppurtunity for aspiring novelists to get a foot into the publishing field.
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2003, 02:52:08 PM »
On our way home from the last WFC we rode on the plane with a guy who got started as a novelist from an opportunity almost identical to this one. So, it can happen.
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2003, 03:00:54 PM »
Wow. Now that I've read the full guidelines for the submissions, I'm intrigued. I know very little about the Maiden of Pain, and even less about the Forgotten Realm setting, but the idea is pretty fascinating--it's obvious why they want you to avoid certain elements, but I have to wonder why they're so specific about including other elements. They just really want a book about Priests that involves the Maiden of Pain? How did they come up with that?

Anyway, the little I do know about the Maiden of Pain makes me very tempted to do some research and see if I can come up with a cool story. Challenges like this trigger my puzzle-solving instinct. Who among you has the Forgotten Realms book and the Faith and Pantheons book? (I know Eric does, but since he lives in the far reaches of Virginia that doesn't count.)
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2003, 05:51:09 PM »
It doesn't hurt to try, does it? I think I'll give it a shot. I have a week off work specifically for writing, so I'm sure I'll be working on this.

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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2003, 08:48:59 AM »
So, I'm curious.  Did either of you ever write proposals for this?
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2003, 10:11:04 AM »
I didn't get around to it. my week off for writing turned into moving and unpacking. And i've been working on a sample chapter for a nonfiction book right now, and focussing on short stories otherwise. Although my best ideas come back to one of my novel ideas, lately, so I'll probably be working on that again.

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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2003, 02:56:05 PM »
I never got hold of the requisite background reading, so I didn't bother. Too bad, though, since it sounded like fun. I hope they do more of these in the future.
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2003, 11:15:27 PM »
deadline hasn't passed, has it? I'd scan something for you, but my scanner's broken.
I've actually thought about looking up the material, but I'm tired.

Also, I'd make an excuse, but I'm not very clever.

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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2003, 12:31:36 AM »
The deadline is July 1st.
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2003, 12:34:29 AM »
That's enough time to do a one-page synopsis, but probably not enough time for a 10-page sample.
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2003, 01:34:20 PM »
? Oh, come on.  That's a lamer excuse than the 'I don't have an excuse' excuse.  We both know you could write up ten pages of prose with your eyes closed, Fell.
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2003, 08:07:48 PM »
I agree, ten pages doesn't take all that long to write. Given a week and you should have it perfected.
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Re: WotC open call for novel proposals
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2003, 11:19:13 PM »
Unless you're ADD. Like me. However, I did get a page of my play written.  8)