Naked

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” – Paulo Coelho That’s exactly how I feel sending queries to agents. Naked. Even if I weren’t an off-the-scale

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Do The Math!

“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.” ~Dean Schlicter I was surprised recently during a conversation with my left-brained friend, Maureen. I was complaining about the

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Platform, Platform, Platform

“I’m a hustler, baby; I sell water to a well!” ― Jay-Z In real estate, it’s “location, location, location.” These days, in writing, it’s “platform, platform, platform.” Before the sales

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Thick Hide

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” – Harper Lee It’s been twenty

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Dating for Writers

“Whenever I want a really nice meal, I start dating again.” – Susan Healy Thankfully I don’t have to date to get a great meal. Ed, my husband, is a

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The Only You

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people

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On To The Next

“Paralyze resistance with persistence.” – Woody Hayes Yesterday, The Ohio State University Buckeye football team landed in Miami. On Friday they face the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl. Earlier

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Oh Those Social Agents

You on Facebook yet? Do you Tweet? How about LinkedIn? MySpace? There are many good reasons for authors to have a presence on social networking sites. Some literary agents also

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#queryfail Day on Twitter

Hey Tweeps, in response to a suggestion by literary agent Colleen Lindsay, a number of agents and editors are tweeting their memories of the worst queries they’ve ever received kicking

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