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Robert L. Allen
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Getting Published

Started this discussion. Last reply by 2 Moon Press Publishing Jan 18, 2011. 5 Replies

I went to my writing group today and there were writers there who thought when their book was done, all they had to do was send it out and Gazam it was published. It doesn't wotk that way! I have…Continue

Character Building

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kay Elizabeth Dec 14, 2010. 7 Replies

What is your guys take on character building...

Writing in two different genre

Started this discussion. Last reply by Callie Leah Dec 5, 2010. 7 Replies

How does one write Mystery and Children's books? And shouth the author use a pen name on one of them?Continue

Book size for new writers

Started this discussion. Last reply by 2 Moon Press Publishing Dec 17, 2010. 15 Replies


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Robert L. Allen replied to Robert L. Allen's discussion 'Getting Published' in the group Fiction Writers
"Thank you!!!"
Sep 22, 2014
Anna L. Walls replied to Robert L. Allen's discussion 'Getting Published' in the group Fiction Writers
"Check them out with Predators and editors - they're a great site for telling you about such places. And if they don't happen to have it listed, send them a message. They've always responded to my questions."
Sep 22, 2014
Robert L. Allen replied to Toby Whaymand's discussion 'Novella pricing'
".99 cents at 100,000 copies sold=100,000 dollars."
Sep 22, 2014
Robert L. Allen added a discussion to the group Fiction Writers

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Sep 22, 2014
Robert L. Allen replied to Andrea Phillips's discussion 'Absolute Betrayal - Chapter 3' in the group Fiction Writers
"Paragraph two doesn't inform me what Bernice has gone through. (But to go through an experience like Bernice did was not imaginable to me.) Perhaps place this sentence on it's own line, thus making it more powerful.  I was a bit…"
Aug 16, 2014
Robert L. Allen commented on's group 'Fiction Writers'
"Another choice is using the Writer's Market. I've seen a lot of agent/publishers who accept Paranormal Fantasy there. "
Aug 25, 2013
Robert L. Allen commented on's group 'Fiction Writers'
"A couple hints, make certain you have the correct word count. I write mystery, which most publishers are looking for 70,000 - 90,000 word count. It doesn't go by pages. My first book was 142,000. I was lucky and had a publisher who wasn't…"
Aug 17, 2013
Robert L. Allen commented on's group 'Fiction Writers'
"April, Allen is my last name, Robert is my first name. When I'm looking for an agent I just type in Literary Agents and go from there. There are many agents who will represent unsolicited authors. And there are just as many publishers who will…"
Aug 17, 2013
Robert L. Allen commented on's group 'Fiction Writers'
"K L  Parry, Not sure what you are saying here.  Are you talking about contacting agents???"
Aug 12, 2013
Robert L. Allen commented on's group 'Fiction Writers'
"April, do give up if you get rejections. It's hard to land an agent. I have decided I will give it a while longer and then start sending my work directly to the publishers, not self publishers. "
Aug 12, 2013
Robert L. Allen commented on's group 'Fiction Writers'
"Anyone finding an agent these days???"
Jul 28, 2013
Robert L. Allen replied to Pritha Chattopadhyay's discussion 'Comments Please :)' in the group Poetry
"Nice piece. The flow is a little up and down. In the last segment, I would use (Fly) instead of Flew; it balances out the tense. When trying to get your work published, I would not use italics, at least not for the entire piece.  "
May 9, 2013
Robert L. Allen replied to Sue Theisen's discussion 'Past Time' in the group Fiction Writers
"The story of a woman who when she sleeps travels to past lives and upon waking returns with evidence of that past life.  Unfortunately she does not remember the journey nor does she have any clue as to what is happening.  All it's…"
Mar 28, 2013
Robert L. Allen replied to RF Husnik's discussion 'Endings' in the group Poetry
"I would look at the sentence, tense. I flow is good. I would use Italics instead if quotations, and no punctuation.  "
Mar 27, 2013
Robert L. Allen replied to Carly Jean Montgomery-Wildermuth's discussion 'Those who wear masks' in the group Poetry
"Second stanza, fourth and sixth sentences stops the flow, might think a rewrite.   Third stanza, third sentence, very powerful!  The ending leaves more to come. Powerful piece with a lot of emotion.  Just a thought; forth…"
Mar 27, 2013
Robert L. Allen replied to Lydia J Belt's discussion 'My Savior' in the group Poetry
"Second sentence, Perhaps think about replacing (there) with (here).  Sixth sentence, Catching me when I stumble and fall, I'd take out over anything,  Good work, keep it up. "
Mar 27, 2013

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Comment Wall (9 comments)

At 3:48am on November 22, 2010, scribbler said…
Nice to meet you. :) Welcome aboard. I’ll look forward to getting to know you better. You can post topics at the forum with your publishing and writing questions.
At 8:40pm on November 24, 2010, Kay Elizabeth said…
A warm welcome to you Robert. is a great place to be. Enjoy yourself! :)
At 5:40pm on June 4, 2011, Ellen Ward said…

Hi Robert.

I'm not specifically and "Agent."  This seemed the best fit within the categories available to describe myself.  I am actually and Author's Assistant.  What does an Author’s Assistant do? I can do so much, but I will attempt to be brief and concise.

The Manuscript: help oversee and coordinate the process, organize source material, obtain necessary permissions to use the work of others, research potential publishers, fact check.

Manuscript to Printed Book: help in understanding the process and planning the budget/timetable; help coordinate and oversee the process; help find other professional resources like a book cover designer, typesetter, editor, indexer, proofreader, and copywriter; help in setting up a publishing business, getting the ISBN, help with printing and distribution.

Book Marketing: help find professional resources - publicist, photographer, web designer, copywriter.


Those are some of the services that are provided with some descriptives. Other services include helping with traditional PR and internet marketing.


As far as word count or working with fiction or non-fiction, it really does not matter.  I can help you along any part of your journey.


I look forward to more communication between us.


Thanks very much

At 1:20pm on July 24, 2011, Donna Montrose Porter said…

Hello Robert,

 Thank you for your words of welcome and for the comments you made reagrding my poem, and after looking at your suggestion I agree, the wording is not ideal, thank you for your honesty, it does help me to improve my writing.

I wish you luck with your writing and look forward to reading more work on here.

Thanks again


At 8:19am on August 13, 2011, Mary Snyder said…
Thanks for the welcome, Robert. It's nice to meet you!
At 4:02am on August 16, 2011, Robert L. Allen said…
Hi Mary, I see you write short stories. What length book is considered a short story. Word count...
At 11:41am on September 10, 2011, Stacy Eaton said…
Robert - Pleasure to meet you - thank you for the friendship!
At 11:32pm on September 20, 2011, Catherine Green said…
Ha ha that is hilarious! I think I must have an identical twin or a doppelganger. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine was convinced he saw me driving down a street in a city where I was living, but I was at work in my office at the time! I must catch this mysterious woman...
At 3:53am on December 13, 2011, Lyn Miller Lacoursiere said…

Hello Robert L. Allen; I'm so sorry you couldn't get to my website.  I made a drastic mistake.  Would you please try again? 

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