"Fiction is the purest art. Commercial fiction is the butter, the darkest chocolate, and the finest malt. That's why we are so addicted to it."--Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli
That's the best query quip I've heard! I'd use it everywhere, if I were you.
Love it, love it, love it! Best description of a query I've ever heard. :)
Lol, is a striptease really about stirring someone up emotionally? Methinks, perhaps, it is not... but I like the analogy anyway.My best,Bryan Russell
And of course Julie said it. (g) She's made of brilliant!
Great, now make them beg for more. LOL
Dear Miss Julie,The last time I attended a strip show... I wanted to be that Brass pole the ladies danced with.Haste yee back ;-)
The last time I attended a strip show... I wanted to be that Brass pole the ladies danced with.--Yes, but it did stir up a desire for more, didn't it?
Tara, I actually can't take full credit or perhaps even partial credit for it. I think Beth Shope is the one who compared writing to a strip tease. Just not sure in what context.It would probably be more akin to a good belly dance as there is a lot left unrevealed, and I would venture it still leaves certain people wanting more.
It would probably be more akin to a good belly dance as there is a lot left unrevealed, and I would venture it still leaves certain people wanting more.Yeah, and it helps even more if you stuff a couple of those little finger-chimey things in the envelope.
There's an Adam Ant song cycling through my head now. Am I dating myself?
Dear Miss Julie, you wrote..."stir up a desire for more."Darlin. There were three back-to-back half hour shows.... I ran outta dollar bills halfway through the first girl's dance. My friend, said to me, "slow down, dude, there's gonna be more!"Guess I'm a, "premature payer!"Haste yee back ;-)
Great, so now I need to learn to do the strip tease too? Sheesh, Janet, you don't want much, do you, lol!I'm teasing, of course. It sounds like a good analogy. Leave them wanting more...
i know julie a bit from her blog, enjoy reading her posts :)
JES,Yes, I can just see #queryday now."Someone sent me zils with their query. What the heck?"Haste,Ah, but you had fun. That's the important thing.Thank you, Miss Janet for reading and commenting.
Tony, you know me a bit? I thought you were a charter member of my fan club. sheesh.
Much as I would dearly love to have thought of the original striptease quote, it was actually my friend Linda Grimes*, and it wasn't really query-related, but something about "the slow striptease of storytelling." I liked it so much I copied it down somewhere but now of course I can't find it. If I do, I'll come back here and post it.(*Linda writes very funny contemporary novels in the vein of Janet Evanovich, but doesn't really have a web presence. That's going to change once an agent snaps up her first novel.)
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