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Dec.30.2009
What can I say, other than I faced the realization that I would have to leave my current agent behind and start the search for a new one.  His non-fiction sales were spectacular, including several celeb clients and some pretty big deals--movies, TV.  But in five years of repping about 27 fiction...
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Feb.19.2008
Have We Seen The Demise Of The Advance? Thursday, June 14, 2007            Have we seen the demise of the advance?  I’m talking about all these print-on-demand companies (POD) that are masquerading as “traditional” publishers.  With the advent of POD, we’ve seen a proliferation of publishers...
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Feb.19.2008
Abandoning Your Book? Sunday, July 15, 2007 I liken my current WIP to a date. I owe it to her and myself to have a good time and leave with her after the party is over. I chose her for a reason, I was attracted to her, I wanted to hear what she had to say. I wasn't preocupied with what she might...
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Feb.19.2008
MANUSCRIPT BOUNCING--IS IT OKAY? Tuesday, Aug 14, 2007 There is nothing ill to be said about bouncing from one manuscript to another. Eventually one of them might steal you away from the others. You have to listen/feel for that magic. The proper story will call out to you and, if you find yourself...
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Feb.19.2008
The Big What If? Question for novel Ideas. Wednesday, Sep 19, 2007 The following examples are all books that I have completed or have started: What would you think if you landed on a planet that was knee-deep in the bones of the inhabitants and you had no idea what caused the catastrophe? Afraid...
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Feb.19.2008
NEW CONTRACT FROM BLU PHI'ER PUBLISHING Saturday, Dec 15, 2007 Okay, I just recieved my contract in the mail from Blu Phi'er Publishing, for my SF adventure novel Planet Janitor--Custodian of the Stars.  This was my agent's book from the beginning, so I let him step in and handle this.  Now Blu...
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Feb.19.2008
Just Ordinary Business Friday, Jan 11, 2008 Not much happening on this end.  I'm waiting for author's copies of ONCE UPON A GODDESS, and my advance check from Blu Phi'er Publishing for PLANET JANITOR--CUSTODIAN OF THE STARS.  Both publishers are a little behind right now, but it's nothing to...
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Feb.19.2008
MOTIVATION Wednesday, Jan 16, 2008 I happen to think that perseverance is the key to success, given that most of us authors are just about on equal footing.  Writing for publication is not for the meek or faint of heart.  It's about 99% rejection, with moments of extreme bliss, but those savior...
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Feb.19.2008
The Wunder Kind Does It Again. Friday, Jan 18, 2008 CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE FOLLOWING PICTURE?   Knopf Books for Young Readers has revealed the name and cover of the third title in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series. The book, Brisingr, will have a first printing of 2....
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Feb.19.2008
THE REJECTION DUMPS Saturday, Feb 2, 2008 The following quote is from agent Nathan Bransford: "I will say that when authors have a really good idea but the manuscript is in rough shape, I'm much more likely to try and work with the author on a revision than when the idea is so-so or not...
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