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If You’re a Writer, Self-Pub May Save Your Life

I published this a while ago, but it’s worth repeating. Writing is a solitary profession. We know that going in. If we wanted support, we’d buy a bra. What we want is camaraderie, to get our message out. Here’s my reaction to one efriend’s experience: An efriend of mine had a very public self-described ‘meltdown’ … Continue reading

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How to Hook Agents–SCWC Shares Idea–II

This latest iteration of So. California Writers Conference again exceeded my expectations. It was run by knowledgeable people, taught by caring presenters and peopled with energetic writers. In short, it was three days of a positive, motivating environment that rekindled my writing fires.

I attended many seminars, met with agents and editors to assist me in my writing, met a few i**** I’ll be happy to forget (one particular person: you know who you are), and learned a lot on topics like queries, characterization, marketing my books, managing my time, and more. Continue reading

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Self-Pub or Not? What SCWC Writers Conference Said–I

This latest iteration of So. California Writers Conference again exceeded my expectations. It was run by knowledgeable people, taught by caring presenters and peopled with energetic writers. In short, it was three days of a positive, motivating environment that rekindled my writing fires. I attended many seminars, met with agents and editors to assist me … Continue reading

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So Your Agent IS a Dunce Because Your Agent is YOU!

That’s not my headline. That’s from Janet Reid’s blog, Literary Agent, ‘commenting’ on us writers who are desperately seeking representation even after we’ve gotten that umpteenth rejection letter. At the end of the day, we can either blow our brains out or our horn. What would you pick? BTW, “A Bad Day for Sorry’ is … Continue reading