How *Not* to Talk to an Agent

Recently I had occasion to research my agent’s Twitter feed, looking for a link he’d posted. Along the way I found a number of writers commenting on him not responding to their queries fast enough. Some of their tweets had a fairly terse and impatient tone. One was downright antagonistic. It truly gave me pause. First of all – I…

How Not to Talk to Agents

Jackson loves to sit on the kitchen garbage can to supervise all food preparation. It’s his special stool. So funny. My lovely agent, the vivacious and Bookalicious Pam, keeps a Tumblr where she generously answers publishing questions. I amuse myself by reading through it. Not long ago, an aspiring writer asked her a question about whether Pam wanted to see…

Why Writers Shouldn’t Pay Attention to Pet Peeves and Cranky Lists

The last week was so warm, everything is leafing out and the lilacs are budding. Today we’re wrestling with a storm that slid down from Alaska (gee, thanks, Alaska) and we’re to get a hard freeze tonight. Yeah, I’ll be out there this afternoon, making free with the blankets. I feel like lately I’ve been seeing lots of pet peeves…

What to Do When Your Books Aren’t Anything

I’m over at the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal blog today, talking about being a cross-genre write – and why my agent said my books aren’t anything.

Picking Your Dream Agent – as Likely as Finding Your Dream Man

Ah, the Dream Agent. You know you’ve heard writers use the term. Hell, I’ve heard agents use the term. There’s this persistent idea in the publishing world that an up and coming writer should make a list of the qualities they want in an agent and, through dint of much research, develops a tiered list of desirable agents, presumably with…