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Hometown:
New York City
About Me:
Reformed journalist turned freelance writer, blogger and first-time crime author. Originally from NYC, I lived in different places around the US but left the country in May 2007 to travel Europe. I bounced around several different countries before landing in Prague where I completed my first manuscript. Currently, involved in the hellish process of shopping that same ms, while working on other writing projects.

"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." ~~Superman Christopher Reeve
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Website:
http://blog.llmetropolis.com
Books And Authors I Like:
Michael Connelly, James Patterson, John Sanford, Dean Koontz, Patricia Cornwell, J.A. Konrath, Iris Johansen, Stuart Woods, Dennis Lehane, Robert Dugoni (The Jury Master).
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
City of God, Snatch, Ocean's Trilogy... all good. Don't have a television since I left US but I used to enjoy Law & Order (original and Criminal Intent), City Confidential, American Justice and the Michael Baden Autopsy series on HBO.

Hot Off My Press

Um, what to write, eh?

I'm a book afficionado and crime/legal thrillers are my first love. I have cheated a bit getting more into prose (Paulo Coelho) but that's OK, since I don't believe in being a one-trick pony and plan to write volumes in several genres.

I blog frequently on my own Web site, which is not crime-fiction related, since my foray into writing was through journalism but then again, I did cover, (baaah!) crime. Early on, I was nicknamed LoisLane and it stuck because that's how I write...with loads of passion and no fear.

CHILD SUPPORT is the name of my finished manuscript completed in October 2007, which I edited/revised and began shopping in January. Since then, I have received about 15 query rejections and another 15 or so that went utterly unacknowledged. I've had one request for a partial and separate one for a full read. No takers yet. So my search continues. There's nothing like prolonged rejection to build some character, eh? (Oh yeah, stories about years and years of trying, don't instill confidence OR hope...lol.)

In the meanwhile, I have several projects underway, including NEWSROOM, another thriller...FINDING MY FUTURE (literary prose) and I am launching my own online magazine based on my blog later this year.

So that's me.

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AgentQuest: The Query query

Now, after chatting a bit with helpful Molli N., a publisher turned publishing coach for poor saps like me, I am taking a stab at rewriting my query--AGAIN. I was advised--against all of the blog recommendations on the subject-- to leave out any attempt at personalization. There's an agent I have discovered who I really would like to read my ms, so I want the new letter to impress her enough to request that almighty read. Please tell me what you think. I love constructive criticism, but the key… Continue

Posted on March 28, 2008 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Agents v. Readers

I'm just venting. This blog has no point, except to get out of my mind, the latest adventure in what I'm calling, My AgentQuest.



Hmmm. I'm not sure what to make of my situation. I have done several rounds of edits and revisions to my manuscript, CHILD SUPPORT. I have queried agents and after only one partial and one full read, everyone has passed, mostly on the personalized letter alone.



Coming from a newspaper background, I have several people who read me. So, I… Continue

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 7:56pm — 8 Comments

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At 9:51pm on January 6, 2010, RONALD FEASEL said…
Please add me my requests full. Checkout my entries here on my second novel I'm writing---Moral Dilemma at: http://www.freado.com/book/5100/MORAL-DILEMMA
And http://www.freado.com/book/5120/THE-RHYME-MAN
At 12:31am on January 11, 2009, Jack Getze said…
Hey, Ailene! How's it going? Any progress on CHILD SUPPORT?
At 4:41am on September 20, 2008, David L. Hoof said…
Did you realize that one of Kafka's uncles was Hitler's mother's physician? How Kafkan is that?
At 5:48am on April 4, 2008, Charles A. King said…
I really like animals, really. I'm owned by a cat myself. Funny how that works. As far as ice breaking, not my intent, but I'll hang with the ripples. ... Eh? You like star trek? :)
At 7:33am on March 26, 2008, Jack Getze said…
No, I understand completely. It is expensive. And you already understand that fiction is a craft. I wasted 30 years thinking I was already equipped to write novels. I wasn't.
At 6:58am on March 26, 2008, Jack Getze said…
I'd have to say I got almost everything from conferences and conventions. I wrote eight unpublished novels before I went to Writers Retreat Workshop and learned that fiction was much different that my journalism background. I met other writers there, made friends, including one who introduced me to her agent, who now is mine, and who sold my first and second novels. The mystery conventions have been important to me as a published author, not so much before. I guess I'm saying, everybody's different, but networking works in any business, and publishing is a business.
At 2:00am on March 26, 2008, Grant McKenzie said…
Thanks, Ailene. Switch launches in the UK on Nov. 3. So far, I've seen it up for pre-order on Amazon UK, Amazon Germany and Amazon Canada, and I'm still working on the line edits - yikes!
At 1:13am on March 26, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi Ailene
I sympathize with your quest. Agents are as hard to figure out as editors. And they're no guarantee. I had the best agent in the business representing a novel he loved and still couldn't sell it. If you have readers telling you they love your story, keep the faith. And never change something you don't want to based on one person's opinion. Best wishes to you.
 
 
 

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