In Search of the Ultimate Author Bio

Recently, agent (and yes, writing that phrase still makes me feel all special and bubbly inside)  asked me to put together bio. And I must say, so far the task has proved even more challenging than writing the 58 000 manuscript it is supposed to be promoting. What makes a great author bio?  What makes […]

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Whoot whoot! one more step closer!

Yay for me! My manuscript revisions–which took me about three months to complete and involved reworking practically every damn paragraph in what I now call the BEASTIE–have been accepted by my agent. I think her exact words were ‘excellent and stunning’. Okay, I maybe those weren’t exact words, but they were definitely good ones, which […]

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Multiple submissions, OCD and peanut butter

If you’ve checked the website of a literary agent or publishing house lately, you may have noticed that most of them make a point to warn prospective authors to expect an exceedingly lengthy response time.   They never say exactly how long, but if you have recently sent off your manuscript, be prepared for endless hours […]

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Dear loser: the joy of the rejection letter

When I was sixteen and selling my face to Japanese marketers, my agent told me not to take rejection personally.  “It’s just a business” she said, “don’t get down if some clients don’t like your look.”  It didn’t work then, either. I received my first proper rejection from a literary agent about a year ago—and […]

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