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An open letter to Oscar Whitfield

May 26, 2009

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Dear Mr. Whitfield, It has come to the collective attention that you are spam-querying agents pretty much every day. As another writer, trying to get an agent, I applaud your tenacity, but frown upon your methods. By doing this you are not “changing the publishing industry” or “forcing your way in”.  You are, in effect, […]

Posting someone else’s story for today

May 25, 2009

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I thought today would be a fitting day to post one of my favorite columns. It’s from the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman This is the excerpt which I think everyone should read.  Some of the highlighting is mine. On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs (From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. […]

Wrench in the process

May 21, 2009

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To query or not to query…that is the question. The Writers’ League of Texas (WLT) has an annual manuscript contest that judges full length novels. I am going to the WLT agent conference this year, and decided to enter a manuscript into the contest. Why not, right? I debated on which one for a while, until a […]

Sent a partial, with NO nerves!!

May 18, 2009

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This is nice. I just sent out a partial without any nerves! I won a contest whereby one Jodi Meadows who works for the Rappaport Literary agency,is gonna read my partial, and offer a critique.  First 50 pages are up for pain and suffering! I think it’s awesome. Typically when an agency requests a partial, […]

By helping others, we help ourselves

May 17, 2009

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Lately, I have been trying to help other writers with their manuscripts and query letters. Trust me, it’s not because I’m some great master of the craft or a perfect query letter writer, far from it. I have a tough time writing queries, and my stories have so many issues, I’m surprised I even keep […]

New fun contest

May 14, 2009

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Haven’t posted in a while, and this one will be short.  I entered another contest, and so far have a chance to win. If I do, my first 50 pages of a manuscript get critiqued by someone who knows the publishing/writing business very well. So cross your fingers and I’ll cross mine too.

Conference fun

May 5, 2009

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Attended the DFW Writers Conference this weekend.  It was pretty much what I expected. I got to meet a lot of other writers, and a few literary agents and a few presenters. Can I just say that writers are a weird lot? And old? I think the average age was over 40, and the average […]