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Started by jeff herman. Last reply by Nigel Slater on Saturday. 10 Replies

They obviously won't do it as a favor. Continue

Best Conferences to Meet Agents in Person?

Started by Kelli Stuart Apr 3. 0 Replies

I have been pitching and querying agents for a little while now, and I'm wondering if it would be effective to attend a conference in the hopes of meeting people face to face. Are there any…Continue

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Is there such thing as a dead genre?

Started by Ian Nathaniel Cohen. Last reply by Ekta R. Garg Mar 30. 4 Replies

I know that publishing and readership trends change over time, but are there any genres that have basically been written off as gone for good?  Or is there always a chance that they'll make a…Continue


Started by jeff herman. Last reply by Jennifer Sand Bodurtha Nov 12, 2013. 3 Replies

And let's face it, being a good writer may not affect your success either way. Continue

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Comment by Ronald R. Hanna on Saturday

I enjoy writing.  My productivity and sales speak for themselves.  I am NOT an English major; I WRITE.  Period.  I believe that some of us are so corralled by the "correct" method of relating in a semantic-correct method that we fail to be FREE and tell our stories.  I'm a writer.  I use the English language.  My access to the public mind is unrestrained by being caught up in the "correct" method of "display."


Comment by Caroline Kaiser on Saturday

I consider myself mostly a freelance editor, but I also write fiction and will be publishing my first novel, Virginia's Ghost, later this year. I'm pursuing the self-publishing route, and the book's undergone two rounds of editing from two of my editing associates and will be ready for the designer in mid-June. Virginia's Ghost is what I'd call a cozy mystery with a paranormal twist and is set in an auction house. I've had a lot of fun writing it, but the challenge is doing so while keeping up with my editing work for clients. It's been hard to carve out the time to devote to my novel.  

Comment by Sherry Antonetti on Saturday

Hello. My name is Sherry Antonetti and I write Historical fiction about Historical fictions, Helen of Troy, and now Penelope.  My first book, The Book of Helen  was published this past August via Museitup Publishing, and I am slugging through the hard process of trying to recapture that magic in the subsequent story dealing with a very different heroine from the first.  

Comment by Paul Scott Leinhaas on Friday

Truth is, I think I am a good writer, many have said I'm gifted and I tell a fair to middling story.  I like my characters and love them to play around in my mind.  I've written two novels and dozens of short stories.  My friends think they are great but the agents seem to know better.  Perhaps I've had bad luck, the kind that comes from randomness, playing pin the tail on the donkey with agents and publishers.  Perhaps I lack ambition.   I consider the e route, yet know I need structure and an editor.  I stare at a book on my bookstand.  Editors to Authors, letters by Maxwell Perkins stares back at me.  I've read his suggestions.  I try to follow that path.  That path has grown over.  The modern world…I began to say something, then stopped in my tracks, because excuse or reason there's no point there.  That's where I'm stuck.  Poems litter my work room like leaves in November. Words flow down rivers in search of oceans. 

Comment by Kathy Wheeler on August 23, 2013 at 10:47am

I think you have to be very careful if you go over 90 thousand words. If you check the agents requirements that you are targeting that should be a good guideline.

Comment by Gary E. Smith on May 4, 2013 at 12:01pm

Vote for the cover of my new novel Murder in the Rockies, launching digitally in Oct and paperback in Nov. The publisher is questioning the amount of interest, so it is not too late to vote. Thanks! Vote at: 

Comment by Richard Le Blanc on March 5, 2013 at 8:40pm

 The goal I think should be a good story teller for any fiction writer, then after that to get the story published.  You said great fiction Michael even just good fiction has to be read. Whatever its about society or just a bum on a train. Rich.

Comment by Sandra Wagner-Wright on March 5, 2013 at 6:33pm

Congratulations to Kelly & Joy -- many your sales be good, and your next writing project even more satisfying.

Comment by Ian Nathaniel Cohen on March 5, 2013 at 12:06pm

Congratulations!  All the best of success, and here's to many more!

Comment by Ekta R. Garg on March 5, 2013 at 12:05pm

Congratulations, Joy!  I wish you much success and happiness!


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