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Lauren Baratz-Logsted | Lauren Baratz-Logsted

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Apr.06.2013
  The Moment I Sold A Book, The Sixth Of Seven Novels I’d Written In Nearly Eight Years: Against the implications of Agent 3’s tone, that I was wasting my time, I submitted The Thin Pink Line on my own to Red Dress Ink. Over the next several months, I would phone to check on my submission. The...
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Apr.05.2013
  The Moment Agent 3 Told Me What He Thought Of The Thin Pink Line: He said he thought it was very funny but he wasn’t interested in representing it because there was “too much like it out there already.” Really? Sure, a lot of comedic fiction featuring women was out there, but were any of...
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Apr.04.2013
The Moment A Well-Known Publisher Launched A New Imprint: In November of 2001, I began to see reviews popping up in Publishers Weekly and the New York Times for books from a new line called Red Dress Ink, an imprint of Harlequin. The reviews weren’t always necessarily positive, but I was certain...
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Apr.03.2013
  The Moment I Got My Third Agent: A friend had been at a conference where he met an agent he thought would be right for Vertigo, so he pitched it on my behalf. Agent 3 read it, called me on the phone, said he thought I should make a few changes to the book, but other than that, he saw it...
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Apr.02.2013
  The Moment I Got The Idea For Book 7: It was October 2000 and I was down in Florida, visiting in-laws with my nine-month-old daughter. As was my habit no matter where in the world I was, I went for daily hour-long walks. One day, while walking, a voice began talking to me in my head: For...
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Apr.01.2013
  The Moment I Realized Agent 2 Was Even Crazier Than Agent 1: If you’ll recall from our previous episode, Agent 2 had asked if I’d mind if she sold If You Should Die Before I Wake as a film before selling it as a book, since she’d received a fax from Viacom/Paramount seeking just such a...
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Mar.31.2013
  The Moment I Thought My Book Was Going To Be A Movie: When I originally signed with Agent 2, she asked if I would mind that people would inevitably compare If You Should Die Before I Wake to Larry McMurtry’s Terms of Endearment. While both books involve a grown daughter predeceasing her...
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Mar.30.2013
  The Moment I Got The Idea For My Sixth Book: In the late Spring of 1999, my husband and I had been married for 10 years, had been together 16 years as a couple. We’d wanted to have kids but had both been told it was highly unlikely and had long given up on that dream. Then one day, I missed...
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Mar.29.2013
  The Moment I Realized Just How Popular Author Appearances Can Be: When I got the library job, I did inherit some events that were already on the books, one of which was an author talk by Darin Strauss, whose debut novel Chang and Eng had made a huge splash. It was a Sunday in April, the...
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Mar.28.2013
  The Moment I Talked My Way Into A Fourth Part-Time Job: PW reviewer; freelance editor; window washer – three part-time jobs and I still wasn’t making enough money to keep the mortgage paid while trying to get published, so when I saw an opening listed in the paper for a job at the library...