Monday, October 5, 2009

Ennie meanie minnie moe...

So I'm trying to figure out which quote to use at the beginning of my book, and, I need some help in deciding which one should represent me. Thus, I'm asking you, faithful fans, to help me decide! Now, at this point, those of you who are smart out there should be saying something along the lines of: "Julie... you moron... why are you even worrying about that?!" Because honestly, theres a good chance that somwhere down the line, an agent, editor or publisher is going to think its crap and change it anyway. So why worry about it?

Answer: Because I can.

No seriously, it really is JUST because I can. I love messing around with all the little details--like font size, type, hypothetical book covers, etc.--because it makes me feel like I'm working on a REAL book, rather than just a REALLY long school project. Its a kind of guilty pleasure, I suppose.

My excuse being counted for, here are the two quotes (Keeping in mind that the title of the book is Keepers of the Flame):

Quote 1: "Though the Flame of Liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never expire." --Thomas Paine


Quote 2: "The flames kindled on the 4th of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume those engines and all who work them." --Thomas Jefferson

There is the large possibility that both quotes are "crap." In which case, please feel free to express the "crap" opinion if you would like. Or, if you have a DIFFERENT quote to offer, please feel free to express that quote as well (although, I'll warn you, I'm extremely indecisive... giving me another option might be a bad idea). I'm really just interested in hearing what other people have to say, so please (all five of you out there) tell me what you think!!

Also, on a side note, if you have no idea what all this "flame" and "liberty" stuff is about and how it has anything to do with my book, I do believe I posted a query letter a few posts back that will sort of give you an idea of what the book is about.

On ANOTHER side note, "synopquery" writing is going much better... its amazing what a good night sleep will do for your creative juices! I have the plot outlined the way I want it, and now I just have to go back and make it interesting. (I'll be honest, I'd probably even put myself to sleep reading it the way it is right now...)


Anonymous said...

Julie, Way to go, girl!!!! I like quote #2.
I can't wait to pick up a copy of this book at my nearest Barnes & Noble. Good luck,
Cindy Tracey's mom

Julie said...

Thanks "Mom" ( : you now bring my total fan base up to 6! Heehee! You rock!

alexandria said...

I vote the 1st quote. Simlier, more poweful. I cant wait to read the whole thing! You're awesome!

paul baker said...

i agree i like the 1st one better, but do what you think is best! Your the author so you know your book the best (better than any agent or publishing company) and what is best for it! keep going strong and get your book published so i can read it!!! love ya

Julie said...

Thanks Paul! I agree with you and Allie... I like the 1st one because its shorter, yet still really powerful. But then, I like the 2nd one two... I'm so indecisive! Thats why I need people to help ( : So far, the count is in favor of quote 1. We'll keep it going a little longer to see if quote 2 catches up!