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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:24 am 
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I'm 42. I have a two-year old son and a nice little job. I live by the sea out of pure luck, but am otherwise dirt F'ing poor tbh. Apart from that, though, it's all pretty swell. But the thing is, I've always wanted to be an author. I love SciFi, I love to write, I love when people read my bullshit. Since I learned to write, I've wanted to write. You know how that feels.

I see a few people here and there (and often here,) lamenting the fact that they haven't gotten a break yet. Like, look at this prodigy over here, making movies when they're 25, making it big, living the dream! Authors starting young. Musicians becoming rock stars before they even hit 30. F'n MOZART. :x

But listen, two weeks ago, I got my first offer of representation for a novel I wrote *YE*A*R*S* ago. I've written so many other things since then, hundreds of thousands of words that went nowhere special. After all this time, and all those sporadic query letters - an offer.

Two weeks later? ANOTHER offer, from a bigger agency.

And yesterday, I signed with the bigger agency. STERLING LORD LITERISTIC. http://www.sll.com/default.aspx STERLING LORD, okay, as in, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, as in, Kerouac's On The Road and the list goes on. As in, only signs like five people a year, out of thousands.

My agent (MY AGENT) loves my novel, and wants me to write more - prequels, sequels, other shit I make up, blah blah. She already knows who she's going to pitch it to.

So what I'm saying is, eff those child prodigies. You don't have to be one! Unless it's your dream to be a dewey starlet and play ingenues or something, you don't have an expiration date. You can take the first step WHENEVER. Particularly if you're a writer of any kind, or a composer, that kind of thing. You know, Hollywood is a bitch to anyone over 30, it seems like, (particularly women,) but I think that even then it's possible to get into acting. I know a woman who got started in her 50s, doing TV shows and such. She's not famous, but she makes a living.

Please don't anyone be discouraged if you feel like you're arriving too late, or you started too late in life, or you'll never get there because the clock is ticking. The clock is ticking on all of us, forever. But, as I always said, you just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

(And then just keep baking more cake. ^_^ )

So I wanted to tell you all that story. And now I want to tell a hundred more. 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:33 am 
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Pretty fantastic, Jules! Can't wait to go down to the bookstore and buy a copy!

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:52 pm 
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Made me very happy to read.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:19 am 
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you have a sweet soul, Dear Lady. {hearts 'n' stuff}
what you have said is true.
i would like an autographed copy when they are ready.
big love and hairy hugs {coz i'm a hairy kinda guy}

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:13 am 
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Thanks, everyone! I will totally send copies. :) These things can take a long time, even after getting an agent but, you know, some day for sure!

Also, when it all gets made into some big Hollywood film, you all can be in it. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:15 am 
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This was a way better story than I expected when I read the thread title. :D

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JulesKD wrote:
Thanks, everyone! I will totally send copies. :) These things can take a long time, even after getting an agent but, you know, some day for sure!

Also, when it all gets made into some big Hollywood film, you all can be in it. :lol:


Send us copies? HECK NAW! I want to pre-order one on Amazon. We gotta get you on a list!


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Send us copies? HECK NAW! I want to pre-order one on Amazon. We gotta get you on a list!

That's what I'm talking about, ENTHUSIASM!

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JULES I JUST GOT BACK FROM HOLIDAY AND MAYBE IT'S THE LACK OF SLEEP BUT I'M TEARING UP RIGHT NOW I KNOW I'M A LOT YOUNGER THAN YOU BUT AM I ALLOWED TO FEEL PROUD OF YOU I AM GOING TO BUY THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR BOOK AND TELL ALL OF MY FRIENDS THAT YOU WROTE IT


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Guys, thanks so much! :D

Day Glo, you are an amazing writer, I hope you know that!


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JulesKD wrote:
Guys, thanks so much! :D

Day Glo, you are an amazing writer, I hope you know that!

I'M PRETTY GOOD I DON'T KNOW IF I'D SAY "AMAZING" YET BUT ONE DAY I HOPE TO DO YOU HAVE ANY MORE NEWS DO YOU HAVE A PUBLISHER YET


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BRAH. No really. I think you're pretty amazing. You're just consistently good.

LOL I don't even have my revision notes back yet. My agent was supposed to send them this week but she ended up having dental surgery. So I have to wait. This is a long process, jeez.


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That's so awesome, Jules! I can't believe little Tom Hardy Jr is already two. When you first popped him out I tried to wrangle the forum kids to all pitch in and send you a gift, and everyone was totally on board (even our Fearless Leader), but I completely dropped the ball. I'm so glad to hear things are coming up Jules!

The process will be long and arduous, but you're already on your way! Most people never even finish the novel, much yet get an agent, much yet sign with a publisher!

You're an inspiration. <3 <3 <3

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And, Jules, congratulations on being referenced on Hit Record on TV.

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And, Jules, congratulations on being referenced on Hit Record on TV.

Oh absolutely my goodness yes.
Rumor hazzit that JG-L has a major crush on you.
And no, I will not reveal my sources.

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