The Noble Pen for Apr 11, 2013

Next Noble Pen Meeting

April 11th, 2013 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


In preparation for a WisCon panel (see victories) Dylan would like be reminded of stories you have seen about women in the military.

Cinemax is doing a pilot film of Quarry, based on a series of novels by Iowa author Max Allan Collins.


Tyree sold a story to a magazine.  He is nearly finished reading Jane Eyre.  He says he learned some words that he is eager to use in his writing.  And we thought he already knew every word in the dictionary.

Shannon finished the draft of Panic No More and started a scene for Manager of Evil (sequel to Minion).

Dylan finished the first draft of his long-running serial at 624k words. He will be on several panels at WisCon, and will lead a session on World Building.


An agent answers 14 questions about the publisning business.


I recently saw an advertisement for a critique and editing service (I won’t link them) and thought people might be interested in their prices:

Critique service: $3/page  for an evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses, fit for your target market, noting consistent issues in grammar, mechanics, spelling, or style, and comments on how to revise.

Developmental Editing: $4/page for detailed notes on plot, pacing, characters, dialog, and marketability.  Also an “Emotional Response” chart, rating on how likely an agent is to consider the manuscript, and a 1-page synopsis.

Proofreading service: $2/page for grammar, punctuation, capitalization, verb tense, spelling, and sentence structure.

Short Story Critique: $4/page.

Query Letter: $40

One could conclude that we in the group are performing a valuable service for each other.

Upcoming Schedule

Apr 11th

Dylan (double)

Apr 18th

Mark S.

Apr 25th


May 2nd

Open slots

Keep Writing,