Of course I love you… What do you want from me?

imgresI know, I know. I’m like a cheating spouse, with promises that it won’t happen again…and then it does happen again. Of course it does. I leave you. But I’m sorry. Really I am. I know you miss me. And yes, I miss you, too. Of course I’m thinking about you. Because it’s not that I don’t care. I just lost my mojo for a bit. You understand. Don’t you?

So tell me what you want. Ask me anything. I’m an open book for you. What do you want to know? What do you want from me here?

You do know I’m talking about blogging, right? How I have been away from the blog a bit. And about answering questions about publishing and writing…



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8 responses to “Of course I love you… What do you want from me?

  1. I have a little literary bun baking & I’m really excited about it but it’s not ready. I’ve been reading your pointers and I’m 100 percent going to send it to you when it’s ready. Unless you want me to spill the beans earlier. Or take it out of the oven while it’s still cookin’. Yeh. I’ll stop. I’m dying to tell you actually if you want to know; I can fb message you. 🙂

  2. Why do most agencies have a 95-99% rejection rate? Is it just that the ms submitted that bad, or is it just unsellable?

    • I can tell you why most manuscripts get rejected by me, but it’s the same old things I talk about all the time: genre I don’t represent; story I’ve heard a thousand times before, told in the same old way; story too similar to something else I already represent; good story that’s too told and not shown; manuscript that needs more work than I can take on; story in a genre I do represent but about a subject I’m not interested; all the moving parts are right but it’s just not clicking for me; bad, amateur writing (i.e. doesn’t know the fundamentals of how to craft a story); English isn’t the author’s first language and the writing reflects that to the point that it’s not readable/sellable; manuscript is just ‘meh’ all around; really bad grammar/syntax. Those are about 97% of the queries I get.

  3. Linda…it sounded to me like how I talk to my characters when i’ve not been able to write for a spell…like i have to apologize and beg them to forgive me and let me keep writing about them!

  4. ok- Here’s what’s on my mind: Do you ever look at a book before it’s completed or only completed products?

    • I only look at complete manuscripts from queriers. When someone queries me they are asking me for representation (or at least that’s what they should be doing; that’s what querying is). I would never offer someone representation for an unfinished work. It’s bad business. I don’t know any agent that would. That being said, non-fiction work doesn’t need to be complete, because I can sell that to a publisher with just a book proposal and some sample chapters. But fiction definitely needs to be complete, revised, re-written, and in the best shape you can possibly get it into. Not “I just finished my first draft yesterday. Here it is!” I do look at unfinished things from my clients though.

    • BTW Lizzie, if you’ve got a literary bun in the oven that you want me to give you input on, that’s another story. The rules for siblings of my best friend are just different. Plus I’m a proud owner of MING’S MONSTER, so I know what you can do!