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Secret Agenting

charlie's angelsSo, guess what? I was the “Secret Agent” on the Miss Snark’s First Victim blog last week! I was so flattered when I was asked to participate. I mean, have you seen the roster of Secret Agents that have participated?! Thank you, Authoress! And, if you haven’t read the Miss Snark blog, go do it now. Even though it hasn’t been updated in 8 years, it’s still up on the interwebs for all to read, learn from, cringe and laugh at. Totally worth it.

But enough about Miss Snark and Authoress… this is MY blog and well, if you haven’t figured it out yet, It’s all about ME! (Just kidding, dear readers, it’s all about you. No really. I mean it. It really is about you.)

images-1As I re-read the comments I made on the 50 (FIFTY!!!) entries to the contest, I really got that I don’t sugarcoat anything. I mean, I don’t want to sugarcoat it if I’m saying what needs to be said, but there’s also the part where I want people to like me. So, for the participants of the Secret Agent contest, for queriers who I’ve rejected yet given feedback to, to people at conferences who have received critiques from me, to my clients whose work is at the other end of my red pencil, I have this to say: It’s my commitment to drawing out the best work that’s in you that has me say the things I say. I feel it’s necessary that you know how your written words might be landing to an agent reading your work. It may be harsh to hear, but I’m more committed to helping you improve your writing than I am to making you feel good.

So, I certainly apologize if I’ve ever hurt anybody’s feelings by a critique. But now, put those feelings aside and get back to work. You’re a writer, after all. That’s what you do.

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Twittering away a morning.

You thought I forgot about you, didn’t you? Poor, neglected blog, with your (smallish) group of followers. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it. You see, I’ve been very busy reading manuscripts and taking (very long) car trips to various parts of the northeast for various reasons. After 3+ hours of driving, I just can’t seem to blog, or write much of anything, for that matter. I haven’t even commented on some of the blog posts of those “Blogs I like to read.” But I was tweeting with @AuthoressAnon the other day. Authoress is the anonymous blogger on the site, Miss Snark’s First Victim, a website for aspiring authors. Writers and would-be writers, if you haven’t been to this site or don’t know who the inimitable Miss Snark is, well… puh-leez.

Ok. So the point of this blog post? No point. But I must say that the three way twitter fun I had the other day with @AuthoressAnon & @scifrey had us stuck in a virtual elevator dressing up in princess costumes. What fun! Do I really know these people? Well, no. Would I ever actually dress up in a princess costume with strangers? Maaaaaaybe. But when I need to remind myself I’m a writer, even when I’m not writing, I go read some of my “Blogs I like to read.” Check them out! They’re right over there on the left side of this page.

What blogs do you like to read?

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