Fans of Lori's & Mishell's book: to Lit. Agents
Posted 24 August 2003 - 08:59 AM
Hey QFG fans:
Well, we did our best, but the bottom line is that LBP just wasn't into the book, and all the marketing in the world can't make her love a book she doesn't love. She was good enough to read it over labor day weekend instead of taking all four weeks, and she wrote me the following:
"Many thanks for sending BY THE BOOK along for my review.
While there's a lot to admire about your writing, I wasn't really taken by this particular story. I'm sure it's me, but I didn't feel as engaged as I would have to be in order to warrant a closer look. Certainly, opinions vary widely in this subjective business and I'm sure another reader will pounce on it.
I wish you the best in your search for suitable representation."
This does not mean necessarily that the book is bad. This just means that it's "not her thing," and she knows better than to try to sell a book that she isn't enchanted by. Her client list is heavy on romance, mystery, and women's fiction. Perhaps she just doesn't have an instinct or a love for somewhat male-oriented teen fantasy. So we just keep trying.
I think we should keep this thread going, though. If you posted in this thread, just go back and take LBP's name out of your letter, make it more general. Avoid "Dear Agent," just don't put in a direct address at all. I can keep putting a link to this in all of the cover letters I send out. Meanwhile, I'll see if there's a way I can get access to this thread and go through and edit the letters that people can't or won't edit themselves. And of course change the subject line.
Keep posting in this thread if you want to show your support. For those of you tuning in, we're trying to convince an agent to represent the QFG novel series and sell it to a publisher. So just post a simple, "Hi! Thanks for considering Lori and Mishell's book; I can't wait to buy it!" and you'll be helping us out a lot.
Thanks again for your help, and remember, the battle is not over yet! Did your Hero give up when he couldn't get that darn Spore Spitting Spirea seed on the first try? No! He threw that rock, climbed that cliffside, or cast that fetch spell over and over and over and over again! And when he finally got the seed, did it matter how many times he'd failed? No! Success is all that matters. And success we will have.
Please do not respond in this thread, which is ONLY for posts thanking future agents for considering BTB. If you want to discuss the process of publishing this book, post in the "Right to Know" thread under "Rants and Raves" instead.
Discover your inner hero at HowtoBeaHero.com
Posted 24 August 2003 - 09:12 AM
Why do we love QfG and the idea of a book set in that world? Because of its charm, its adventure/innocence, its central character who develops as he goes, its humour and cute wordplay... I suppose it's the whole world vision of someone who wasn't a hero to begin with, but whose exciting experiences lead him to find a heroism that was within him and simply needed to be discovered and applied.
With great pleasure,
Purpled, music loud as silence; Is this dreaming death?
Sounds Sublime... Because Music Ought to be a Banquet for the Senses...
Posted 24 August 2003 - 10:23 AM
When Lori and Mishell first went public about the book I was so excited, as were many others. The news quickly spread to the literally hundreds of forums and websites around dedicated to QfG and thousands joined in the excitement. The QfG following is absolutely huge, and everyone I know is eagerly awaiting these books. Take a quick look around the internet and you'll see the huge interest that still exists for even the first QfG game, even though it was made back in the 80s. The fact a game with such outdated graphics and sound still gains new players all the time shows just how great it must have been.
Lori and Mishell are really great writers and have an incredible fantasy world to work with. From what I have seen of their novel they definately have a potentially great series of books on their hands. I strongly recommend you pursue this opportunity. You definately would not regret it.
Paul Carr (Thepal) - A fan from the beginning
Posted 24 August 2003 - 10:41 AM
My favorite pastime is reading (even more so than playing comp games.) I've loved QfG for years - and now being able to combine the pleasures of QfG with my favorite passtime is certainly something I look forward to very much.
QfG itself is a great world that certainly wasn't explored completely in the games - and those games are great and very addictive. And it's a great idea to continue this exploration in books where it may be possible to tell some things more in depth than in an adventure. In other words, those books will be well worth reading - even for someone who has never played QfG and maybe never will.
Posted 24 August 2003 - 12:11 PM
I'm very glad you've expressed interest in the novel, and I hope that you will like it just as much as we did.
Greg Galon (Rath Darkblade)
There are many types of magic, but all require a sharp mind and a cool head. There is no puzzle I can't solve, no problem I can't think my way out of. When you feel confused or uncertain, you can always rely on me to untangle the knots and put everything back in order for you.
Posted 24 August 2003 - 12:30 PM
Till next time stay cool
"A gun is a tool, Marian. No better, no worse than any other tool. An axe, a shovel, or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it. Remember that." Shane, played by Alan Ladd, in the movie Shane (1953).
"Blaming a gun for an action of a criminal is like blaming a car for some accident made by an idiotic driver." Paladinlover.
Posted 24 August 2003 - 02:05 PM
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Posted 24 August 2003 - 03:16 PM
Arg. I don't know how well I'm saying all this. Thank you very much considering this book. It would mean a great deal to many of us to see it published.
Posted 24 August 2003 - 03:18 PM
These people have continued to be faithful to a game series that stopped being produced years ago, and they still want more. There is no doubt in my mind that the greater majority of these people, if given the opportunity of buying a book that Lori has helped co-write together with Mishell Barker and set in a world we so dearly love, will buy it as soon as it hit stores.
I am certain that I will.
- Bertrand Russell "Study of Mathematics"
"Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes."
- Edsger Wybe Dijkstra
Posted 24 August 2003 - 03:21 PM
This power to capitvate through character development and storyline drew me into each and every game. As you know, Lori Cole was the driving force behind the games' development. Her inspiration and story writing gave the series its unique power to capture the imagination and hold me to my computer chair for hours on end.
I am certain that same flair will drive the novel she has been working on based on "Quest for Glory." Please consider her manuscript for publication so I may again share in the wonders she envisions.
I am a high school English teacher who writes a bit herself, and is ever ready to buy and read the good fiction, especially fantasy novels.
Posted 24 August 2003 - 03:54 PM
Quest For Glory is, in my opinion and in many other fans opinion's as well, the greatest RPG ever made. It has everything a good story needs. Heroes, Villains, excellent stories, intriguing side quests, exciting and challenging fights, and bad puns! A novel would add to the greatness that is QFG, and it would make all us fans happy. Especially since there wonâ€™t be anymore games, unless we can convince Sierra to start them up again. Novels would be a great way to continue the story, or to make a new story in the QFG backdrop. Thank you very much for considering us, and I hope you will publish the book.
Long Live Devon Aidendale and the whole Family!
Posted 24 August 2003 - 04:09 PM
A QFG novel would be a wonderful return to this world, and I believe would be extremely successful. There is a large fan base that agrees with me. I hope that you can seriously consider your support of this book.
Nicholas, 22, Michigan
Posted 24 August 2003 - 04:30 PM
Posted 24 August 2003 - 05:00 PM
The story behind the â€œQuest for Gloryâ€ book is just as inspiring. Two women, of different ages, backgrounds, and experience, have come together out of a shared passion. Both possessing the belief that the lessons taught in the original games deserved to be shared again, with the fans of the past and a new generation of young people.
Reading what people have said here, it should be clear the impact Lori Cole has had on those who encountered her games at an impressionable age. She is revered by them, and rightly so. I have had the privilege to know Mishell Bakerâ€™s work as well. She has a singular talent for the written word, truly expressive and compelling. And she possesses an unmatched level of enthusiasm and drive for what she believes in. Due, in no small part, to her exposure to Ms. Coleâ€™s games.
The theme of the game, and the guiding principle behind Ms. Coleâ€™s and Ms. Bakerâ€™s lives, is that heroism is innate in everyone. All that is required is the passion to bring it out. Now they need someone who believes the same thing. Someone else who recognizes the truths in their work, and the impact it could have on countless young readers. I do very much hope that the person is you. That you can be their hero, and mine.
Posted 24 August 2003 - 05:06 PM
What a great idea! I've read her stuff and have been waiting for her to catch a big break.
I'll buy a copy!