It’s Christmas!


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Merry Christmas 2015 ~Kay
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An offer? Then what?


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So...you've finished your masterpiece, written a query letter and synopsis and know where and how to find agents. Research the agents you want to query and make a master list. Make a column for agent, agency, e-mail address, when you sent query, when you received reply, etc. I do my list in Excel. A very easy way to do this through Query Tracker.net. Details about QT are in my last post. I actually do the  QT one too, because it's fun. Now, you've sent out your queries (1 or 10 or 100...) and you wait. Finally you get an email that says the agent would like to see more (or maybe even the entire manuscript).  That's great...don't break anything (like your foot) while doing your happy dance. Of course you can still get…
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How to find a Literary Agent


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Did you  know only about 2% of writers have an agent? In this age of self-publishing is an agent even necessary? I’ll leave that discussion for another day. Today, I’m going to give some tips on finding a literary agent. If an agent or publisher asks for money up-front, run. Run as fast as your Niki’s will take you. I’ve known too many people screwed by that. Hold out for a traditional publisher. It can be a small or regional publishing house, but don’t pay for publishing unless you are self-publishing. I don’t really know how self-publishing or publishing on demand work so I’m taking those two publication methods out of the mix. You can go directly to some traditional publishing houses without an agent, but if they accept your work, an agent could…
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Cold begone!


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I hate to bitch and gripe, but I've had a cold for seven, yes seven, weeks! October 19 -- A couple of days after attending two performances a children's play where there was a cast of about seventy with an audience filled with siblings, I felt tired and had a scratchy throat. I didn't go out with some girlfriends "just in case" I was coming down with something. I went to yoga Tuesday Morning, and that's when the coughing began. I came home, showered and went to bed for an all-day nap. Wednesday I tried to get an appointment with my family doc, but he only works ½ a day on Wednesday and was booked solid. Killer Nashville was coming up that weekend and I wanted to get a jump start…
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Stars are born


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Recently Hubby and I flew to Jacksonville, FL to visit our godson, Xander, his two brothers, his two sisters, and his parents. His mom is pregnant with a daughter who will be named Maelyn Audrey (Audrey is my first name, but that's a story for a different day.) Xander is the 2nd from the youngest. The girls are adopted, and the younger one is a couple of months younger than him. They are nine. The oldest of the clan just turned sixteen. Their dad is in the Navy (submarine duty). A new baby will be quite the adjustment for this family. If you're new to my blog you might not be familiar with Xander. He's our miracle kid. He was born with severe spina bifida, has had so many surgeries we've quit counting…
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Happy birthday to the world’s best sister


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I only have one biological sister. (I have a bunch of sorority sisters, but for purposes of this post, I'm excluding them.) Today is my sister's birthday. She lives across the country from me in Seattle, and I miss her very much. I only see her once, maybe twice a year. Even though it's been a long, long time since we were children, I'll always consider this amazingly accomplished woman my "little" sister. I'm so proud of her. Happy birthday, Sissy!   ~Kay  
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