Switching Literary Agents: Two Agents Offer Advice – by Sangeeta Mehta…

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on Jane Friedman site:

Earlier this year, the book publishing world was rocked by stories of unethical behavior by literary agents.

On the one hand, this news was disheartening to hear.

On the other hand, it opened up a candid discussion on social media about how different agents communicate with their clients and approach the submissions process.

This led to a bigger discussion about how to distinguish between an agent who is unfit for the job—and an agent who is fit for the job but a mismatch for a particular client, and vice versa.

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Books and Free Downloads About the Business of Self-Publishing – Guest Post by Jaq D Hawkins…

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Writers are always looking for information on marketing these days whether they are self-published or have chosen the traditional publishing route. As even the big publishers encourage the authors themselves to take a big share of the publicity burden, we are all getting thrown into the same pool to sink or swim.

With that in mind, I came across a book recently with a title that promised information on how to publish and market a specific genre of book. I got a sample and had a look first at the table of contents. What I saw there inspired me to write this article, shedding a little light on a phenomena that I’ve been noticing across different media for some time now.

There are many books, articles and blog posts that give good advice on various aspects of publishing and marketing. The thing is, most of them are telling us the…

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2 New Agents Actively Seeking YA, Nonfiction, Memoir, Romance Sci-fi and more – by Erica Verrillo…

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on Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity:

Here are two new literary agents actively building their client lists. Savannah Brooks is interested in nonfiction, memoir, young adult, and contemporary fiction. In both adult and YA. Katelyn Uplinger represents Nonfiction (historical and cultural topics); Fantasy & science fiction (and all speculative fiction); Horror; Historical fiction (in all sub-genres); Thriller; Women’s fiction; Romance (especially historical romance).

Always check the agency website before submitting. Agents may switch agencies or close their lists, and submission requirements can change.

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Holiday Books: December Celebrations

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My next installment in the holiday books roundup comes to us from Dr. Terance Shipman who hails from the great state of Georgia. He writes an absolutely delightful picture book series called Mr. Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles. Having spent over a decade teaching kindergarten in his early years, it’s my guess that at least some aspects of his stories are based on wonderful first-hand experiences with children over the years. Today, I want to share with you Shipman’s beautiful holiday book,  December Celebrations, illustrated by Milan Ristic. In terms of December holidays, it’s got something for everyone.

When Dewayne, a precocious kindergartner, rushes into the kitchen waving a letter from his teacher about the upcoming December celebrations, his sister Banicia and his mother help him understand what’s about to happen. Mr. Shipman, Dewayne’s kindergarten teacher, makes the month of December a fun, educational, multicultural experience that your child will never forget…

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Me and You


This post is all about me… and my husband… but mostly about me, and you, the reader. Recently, we were in Miami, Fl. to receive our Bronze medals for our audio-book, When Angels Fly. That is right! We did it again. “When Angels Fly” is the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction – Audio-book genre!” Before I get involved with this news, I wish to share another picture with you, my readers. This one is from last year and the awards of our book, The Big Cheese Festival. Note: One Huge Difference. 100 Pound Difference!! 



Seriously, 100 pounds lost in one year! How did I do this? Well, that is what this blog post is actually about. Yes, I am ashamed to admit that I gained 100 excess pounds when my nursing career was cut short due to my failing health. Then I decided that I HATED my image, at the awards, wearing a size 3X Dress! That motivated me to Take Back My Life

That is my story. It has taken strong will, grit, and determination to lose the excess, but I persevered in doing this in about nine months. How did I do this??

1. I love chocolate and have found sugar free Hagen Daz ice cream. A few bites and that is enough. I don’t eat sugar and I use Stevia instead.

2. Drink one bottle of water before eating and you will eat less. Your stomach will feel fuller faster! 

3. Go for protein the most consisting of lean meats, scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, and nuts. Crock pot the meat and don’t bread and fry it. 

4. Eat fresh veggies such as tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumbers, and broccoli.

5. Eat fresh berries and I love blueberries. I eat one or two strawberries regularly. 

6. My nuts are unsalted and I eat almonds and peanuts.

7. I love a banana each morning and my K+ (potassium) stays on track.

8. I no longer have to take medicine for cholesterol. I’m in the normal range!

9. I no longer take blood pressure medicine!!! 

10. Use portion control when you eat meals. DON’T go back for second helpings. We eat out less except when traveling.

11. I take a generic Multiple Vitamin, Vitron C, Folic Acid, and B12 every morning, and some exercise will help you lose faster. 

****** You must make sure you check with your doctor regarding this diet and over the counter medications. Check with your doctor regarding exercise, too. ******

This is my story. I went from obesity and stomach ulcers to normal weight and no ulcers. You can do this, too!

At my heaviest…. trust me in that I wore a size 3X dress. I was ashamed and so embarrassed. Now I wear a size 8 dress!! I also wear size 6 and size 8 stretch skinny jeans!!!


I feel better! I’m stable on my feet again! I can walk further and NOT be short of breath! I’m now on four liters of oxygen per minute instead of five! My left knee was going to be replaced due to pain and unable to do steps. Now that I’m 100 pounds less my knee doesn’t hurt!! I don’t need knee surgery. It was the extra 100 pounds that caused my knee grief! I have stayed in my self imposed weight range for a couple of months now! …and I use exclamation points to help motivate any reader into losing excess weight, if you have excess. 


Love, Mary

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Add Authenticity By Exploiting Experience

Writing your first novel-Things you should know

untitled.pngAdd authenticity to your writing by exploiting your experiences. Use what you know and what you’ve gone through as a person.

Nicolas Spark’s books are set in North Carolina. Why? He lives in North Carolina. He’s familiar with the towns and the customs of the south.

Beyond settings, think of embarrassing moments in your life where you simply wanted to disappear or have a do-over. Is there something there that could be used with your main character. You should have no problem defining the moment. You went through it and have all the raw emotions tucked away in your brain somewhere.

We all go through cycles in our life. I’m in the midlife cycle and often wonder if I’ll ever be successful or do anything meaningful in life. What is my purpose? Think about putting your characters in similar situations to your own. It will help you to connect…

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Save Time! Create a Document Template in Scrivener.

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All writers face the blank screen and think about what they’re going to write. Too often we start and realize we didn’t format properly and stop, then get distracted by something else and we’ve lost our train of thought all too quickly. Getting started can be daunting enough without spending time getting everything just right in your word processor.

Well, in Scrivener there’s a good way to beat back all that pre-writing distraction so you can sit down with your ideas and write. Who wants to lose their ideas while setting brand new, all over again? The answer is to make a template within your project. You may have heard of making a project template but how do you make a template within a project? Just follow these instructions.

  1. Create a folder within the project and designate it as the Template folder by clicking on Project and Set Selection as Template…

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