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Joined 03-30-10, id: 2307799, Profile Updated: 08-22-13
Author has written 29 stories for Star Wars, Animaniacs, Honor Harrington, You're Under Arrest, Starfire, Star Wars, BloodRayne, Ghost in the Shell, and Batman the Animated Series.

My name is Nick, and I have been writing longer than most of you have been alive; try since I was 11 and I'm 59 as of July of 2012.

But writing and selling are two different things; I have yet to find an agent, and I originally compared finding an agent to Catch 22; You can't find an agent because you are not professionally published, but most editors won't publish you without an agent.

About ten years ago I got even more frustrated. Try sending out fifty query letters to agents, and only three bothered to answer; one to say they didn't do Sciencie Fiction, another to say they didn't do novelizations (Think; if you're writing an original Star Wars Story, how is it a novelization, implying something based on an already released movie?) the last that they were no longer accepting new representation.

So I came up with this; Most agents these days no longer accept a fully printed novel, and most will not even accept the old 'send us the first 50 pages' idea. Instead they want a query letter. If you haven't tried this method, picture this:

One page double spaced, or between 250 and 300 words depending on whether you use 10 or 12 point type; half on the story you are submitting, the other half about the author. This is the reverse of a word processing format; 10 point is what old typewriters used, and if you had the IBM Selectric, you had the option of Pica, which was 12 point or Elite (10 point) compared to what a print shop did, so 10 point was larger than 12. So using 10 point printshop was 250 words and elite was 300. As someone who went through the Columbia School of broadcasting, I know the average speaker says 186 words a minute so look at a Query letter this way:

You go into your local bar, and see the most attractive person in the world at the end of the bar. (Since I am a man, we go from there) Now your first impulse is to walk up to this woman. You are going to convince her that you are the man of her dreams. She is going to throw herself into your arms, marry you, and settle down to taking care of the household (Especially handling finances) while you are going out to earn the bacon, bread whaterver, and you are going to live happily ever after.

Now here is the problem; 55 percent of communication when you listen is in the inflection and tone of the speaker. A good customer service person is the one who sounds knowledgeable and warm, who convinces you with their voice that they understand your problem, and can deal with it.

However in this case (Written, no tone, inflection or gesture) Without a gesture, a tone in your voice, or facial expression, you have only about 45 seconds to convince her.

I submit that if the letter were signed by Earnest Hemmingway, and he was just starting now, he'd be rejected too.

So if any of you know an agent (Or someone who works in their office) that might help, I for one would be appreciative.

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The Failure of a Jedi by JayAkiyama reviews
My first published story! This story is about a young Jedi The Exile from Kotor 2 named Arwyn. This story starts before the whole Mandelorian Wars thing, and should end with the actual game, but no promises!
Star Wars - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,082 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/7/2010
That Old, Familiar Feeling by Wraithfighter reviews
“It occurred to me that you’ve never told me much about your past. For all I know, you were a male prostitute since birth living on Nar Shaddaa.”
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Angst/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,400 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/22/2005 - Complete
Knights of the Old Republic: Tabula Rasa by WysdomsGirl reviews
KotOR LSF Revan deals with grief and betrayal following a terrible revelation about her past. Enter Carth Onassi. Rated PG13 for strong language.
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,407 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/30/2003 - Carth O., Revan - Complete
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In God's Hands reviews
When the Joker escapes yet again, he's looking for answers, and who else to ask but God? Rating is for mindless and senseless violence, some brief nudity, and maybe slash content. Another Mach and Lord Grise Production!
Batman the Animated Series - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 14 - Words: 98,832 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 11/4/2015 - Published: 6/28/2014
Zakal: Stories From Within the Institute reviews
Set on Torch, a deadly danger is loose in the Galaxy, and only Ruth Winton and her Institute can stop it. co-written by Lord Grise, unless noted, chapters are by myself. Rating for violence and some descriptions.
Honor Harrington - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Suspense - Chapters: 25 - Words: 158,162 - Reviews: 53 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 28 - Updated: 2/25/2015 - Published: 11/17/2013
An Important Mission reviews
The Corellians need a special team to complete a mission. But the leader of that team is an escaped convict from one of their own prisons. So it's a delicate dance to convince him and his battle hardened crew of renegades. But those first steps do not go well... Rating is for future chapters if any
Star Wars - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,197 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 6/21/2014 - Published: 6/17/2014
Homecoming reviews
Returning to the Hapes cluster brings back too many memories
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,431 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/29/2014 - Complete
The Path to Darkness reviews
It is the final straw that broke her back
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Angst/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,776 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 4 - Published: 2/14/2014 - Revan - Complete
Witch Maiden II: Journey to Hell reviews
With barely time to grieve, the ship and her crew is thrust back into the furnace on the forefront of the new war
Honor Harrington - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 27 - Words: 117,787 - Reviews: 98 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 39 - Updated: 11/14/2013 - Published: 12/13/2012 - Complete
Ghost to the Rescue reviews
When Leia and Han are kidnapped on a remote planet, Luke has help from the best special operations team in the Galaxy, Section Nine!
Crossover - Ghost in the Shell & Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Drama/Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,279 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 8 - Published: 11/8/2013 - D. Aramaki, Batou, Ishikawa, M. Kusanagi
Return From Exile reviews
When Marai Devos woke up on Peragus, she was already in trouble. Now, with the Force again in her hands, she has a new war to fight. Will include flashback to the Mandalorian Wars
Star Wars - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 34 - Words: 238,372 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 8 - Updated: 11/3/2013 - Published: 8/29/2013 - Complete
When Last We Met reviews
Continuation of the Rogue Squadron series. Gara Petothel gets a second chance at love.
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,307 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/31/2013
Knights of the Old Republic: Genesis of a Jedi reviews
My own novel length version of the game, written back in 2005, but overtaken by events
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Adventure - Chapters: 32 - Words: 236,805 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 8/28/2013 - Published: 6/30/2013 - Revan - Complete
I know what love is sorta
A story where we see us through Droid Eyes. My own Exile Marai Devos and the crew is discussed by our favorite droid pair
Star Wars - Rated: K - English - Humor/Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 653 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/5/2013 - HK-47, T3-M4 - Complete
The Thrill of Traveling to Tatooine reviews
Read the Author's notes
Star Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,009 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/16/2013 - Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala, Shmi S. - Complete
We May Never Know reviews
Actually a crossover, but the Mutineer's Moon books by David Weber are not listed. What happens in an alternate reality when Dahak meets the Death Star?
Star Wars - Rated: K - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,455 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 2 - Published: 6/11/2013 - Complete
Blood Will Tell reviews
Deep in the Cambodian jungle lies a secret, and I am going to find out what it is...
BloodRayne - Rated: T - English - Fantasy/Horror - Chapters: 5 - Words: 16,588 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 3/6/2013 - Published: 10/31/2012 - Rayne
Wrath of the Witch Maiden reviews
On the brink of a new war, a ship and crew are given a deadly mission
Honor Harrington - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 20 - Words: 83,195 - Reviews: 45 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 21 - Updated: 1/22/2013 - Published: 1/24/2012 - Complete
Heart of Stone reviews
As much as she hated therm, she loved them as well. So when her village is attacked, a young soon to be Jedi defends them
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,035 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/15/2012 - Atton R., Mira
The Farce Is Strong In This One
An hommage to Jiara's May the Farce Be With you
Star Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,155 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/14/2012 - Complete
Adventures in babysitting, Jedi Style
Take a Jedi Padawan assigned as a baby sitter, add one who has run away and four he can't leave alone, and what do you have? Read on to find out!
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 8 - Words: 18,070 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 10/3/2012 - Published: 9/5/2012 - Complete
Redemption reviews
When the Rebellion chronicled in the Book Insurrection happened, some Officers refused to kill other humans. Now on the other side of the Federation they face another enemy, not to mention those who still call them traitor.
Starfire - Rated: M - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 5 - Words: 9,722 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 9/7/2012 - Published: 8/12/2012
Sela Squared
When you look at a Bounty Hunter, what do you see? Well this is what I saw...
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 4 - Words: 6,148 - Updated: 9/6/2012 - Published: 9/2/2012 - Complete
Clan Terakian
The Planet Naboo calls upon the Mandalorians to defend them. But The Clan has other plans...
Star Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 6 - Words: 26,515 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 2 - Updated: 8/7/2012 - Published: 7/26/2012 - Complete
Masada Shall not Fall reviews
A young Star Nation bites off more than it can chew, and new heroes die
Honor Harrington - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 9,401 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 2 - Published: 8/23/2011 - Complete
Honor's Path reviews
Testing weapons in an out of the way system causes problems
Honor Harrington - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,515 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 5 - Published: 4/3/2011 - Complete
Wedding Bells in Blue reviews
Carrying the anime on; two of the minor characters are wed for a good reason
You're Under Arrest - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,342 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/23/2011 - Complete
A Song of Two Wounded Hearts reviews
An AU work, If Pritchart had gained a Treecat
Honor Harrington - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,655 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/26/2010 - Complete
Family of Choice reviews
A post KOTOR visit to Mando'yaim
Star Wars - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 28,993 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/8/2010 - Canderous O., Revan - Complete
First Impressions
Over at Lucasforums I created a monthly contest called Pratfalls. According to the rules as the one who suggested the topic, I was not allowed to participate, but I pictured the Family Solo, and this came out
Star Wars - Rated: K - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,788 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/29/2010 - Complete
The Ballad of Revan reviews
KOTOR according to the Animaniacs
Crossover - Animaniacs & Star Wars - Rated: K - English - Humor/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 497 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: 4/9/2010 - Yakko W., Revan - Complete
Dxun Memories reviews
The first battle led by the Jedi was not a pretty sight, and everyone is tested to their breaking point.
Star Wars - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure/Sci-Fi - Chapters: 1 - Words: 12,200 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/3/2010 - Revan, Carth O. - Complete