Forty years and counting


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    Last weekend I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Founders Day celebration for Sigma Delta chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi at Huntingdon College, my alma mater. The chapter turns forty years old on January 31. Although I was a charter member, through some scientific miracle, I've only aged twenty years during this period of time. I can't explain it. I only went in the science building once while I was at Huntingdon, and that was to give someone a note. I guess it's a time warp thing or something. At the celebration, the college president spoke first, then the vice president and I wrapped it up. About twenty-five alumnae returned so, with the 50 some odd chapter members, there were about seventy-five beautiful women sitting in front of me…
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God bless those left behind


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    As I was scrolling Facebook today, procrastinating the many other things I should be doing, I saw an article about two Marine helicopters crashing during a training exercise off the coast of Oahu last Thursday. They called off the search today with no survivors discovered. No survivors? Marines are trained to survive. They are the toughest of them all. In googling articles from the days since the accident all of the families said the same thing. They will find them alive. The seas may be rough, but "my Marine" will figure out a way to survive. They found lifeboats, but no people. They brought in divers and discovered bits and pieces of the wrecked helicopters at the bottom of the ocean, but no human remains. They also searched the thick foliage…
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Just kill me now!


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I'm hosting a murder mystery dinner party in a little over a week. I haven't even been to one in over three decades. But at a planning meeting for monthly events for an organization I'm in back way in August, January seemed like it was a long way off and the theme seemed manageable--either that or I wasn't paying attention (probably the latter). So, when the President asked who'd host the murder mystery in January, my hand shot straight up. I've got to remember to sit on my hands at times like this. I know what I was thinking. If I volunteered for something in January, it'd be incentive to take down my Christmas decorations before Easter. I'm sure that's it. My Christmas decorations are down. They are still in my…
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Client – Agent Contracts


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The whole purpose of getting an agent is for them to negotiate contracts for you, but most agencies have contacts with their clients. How does that work and do you have any wiggle room? When I got my first contract I sent it to an attorney who specialized in entertainment law. (I had been to one of his seminars or I would never have known I had an option to change the contract). He and I went back and forth making changes before we presented a very changed document to the agency. Their attorneys looked at it, said it was fine, sent me hard copies to sign and that was that. So there…lesson learned Nothing is carved in stone. Here are some questions you might want to cover when talking…
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Questions to ask when offered representation


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  We're almost through with my series of what to do if an agent offers representation. I should probably have said this much earlier, but these are my opinions, based on my research and not the end all be all. There is no right or wrong way. Do what feels right for YOU. If it gets to the stage where you and an agent converse there are some things to remember: You are interviewing them as much as he/she is interviewing you Look for a good fit in personality, style, objectives, goals, etc. Now some actual questions many of which I got from www.agentquery.com, a great source for information about pretty much, anything, by the way. While I'm promoting, agentqueryconnect.com is the best writers' community I've found online: kind, honest, supportive.…
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Preparing for “the call” with your potential agent.


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  After you've settled down from the excitement that an agent wants to chat about representation, it's time to prepare for that call. There are questions you'll want to ask the agent (next blog) and e-mails you'll want to write and have ready to go to the other agents you have queried. Stop. Read this again. You'll write the e-mails. You will not send them. My trick for this is putting the to: address at the top of the body of the e-mail so I can cut and paste it, lest I hit send by mistake. So once again, don't send any any e-mails until you are offered representation, but have them written and ready to go. Look at your list of outstanding queries. Prepare an e-mail for all agents with…
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Happy birthday, Daddy


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    I WISH YOU WERE HERE TO WATCH FOOTBALL & CELEBRATE. I MISS YOU...NOW AND FOREVER.   JOEL GOMILLION JANUARY 1, 1933 - NOVEMBER 20, 2013 ~ KAY
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