The Noble Pen for August 11, 2016

Next Noble Pen Meeting

August 11th, 2016 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


A man has filed a lawsuit because Pokemon Go is using coordinates that fall on his property to display the virtual characters, and he has unwelcome visitors. (article)(court document)  Be sure that the people in your fiction story live at fictional addresses.


Aime wrote the content for a campaign website.

Shannon had a good writing week with 4000 words.

Ciuin wrote 3000 words on a new story, edited on Chessmaster, and is editing Petty Theft to move forward toward publication.


Although self-publishing and very small publishers have become more common, the traditional route through a large house may still offer the biggest rewards if you happen to succeed.   Some publishers may accept direct submissions, but others want them to come through an agent who has narrowed down the field for them.   Wikipedia nicely summarizes the agent’s function, and this FAQ may be helpful.

Agents may differ from each other in their approach, attitudes, and the genres they represent to publishers.  You need to learn what each agent wants before you query them. Many directories, like Writer’s Market and this one, list agents to help aspiring authors query the ones best suited for their work.  Preditors and Editors can help you avoid some problems.  You can search for agents and learn a lot more from the examples posted on Query Tracker.  Here an agent answers less common questions.

Upcoming Schedule

August 11
Aime W.

August 18
Stacy H.
Aime W. (?)

August 25
Deacon Solomon
Open slots

Sept 1
Stacie S.
Open slot

Sept 8
Open slots

Keep Writing,