Thursday, April 12, 2012

Message to Teachers About Bullies

In my continual search for information on bullies, I found a website with an abundance of resources not only for the teachers but for the victims.


Message to Teachers

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Night Out

I recently went to an area function and met up with a friend I hadn't had a chance to talk to in quite awhile. We spoke at length about my books and upcoming projects. It was a wonderful experience to sit and talk to one of my readers about my books.

It was humbling to know that someone put the time and effort into reading my books. AND, amazingly, she remembered quite a bit of information about the characters I created. She even gave the books to her daughter who finished reading it in two days.

She accomplished what I couldn't - the ability to give me a sense of renewed energy and focus regarding my work.

With all the negatives that go along with publishing a book (you know what I mean, we've all been there), it's nice to have someone say, "Hey, your books don't totally suck."

Thank you, Susan Ketron, for giving me that renewed sense of perseverance.

It was a great evening.
                                                              Susan                     Me

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What Literary Agents Do (And Don’t Do) For Writers

I get about thirty emails a day on what NOT to do or what TO do when submitting query letters, but I thought this article had some very interesting information regarding literary agents that some of the followers might not know.



Querying a good literary agent is the first step in getting your novel or book project into the hands of a publisher. What is a literary agent? A literary agent is the middleman between you and potential publishers—they are your best hope for getting your book published. But what does a literary agent actually do for a writer? And what don’t they do?
Writer’s Relief has been helping writers get literary agents since 1994. We research the best literary agents for our clients’ individual projects, then prepare submissions (including query letter writing, proofreading, formatting, addressing letters, etc.). We also track all submissions to literary agencies so our clients don’t have to. Many writers have successfully connected with literary agents using our services! However, writers are invited to join our client list by invitation only. Please visit our Review Board to send your writing for consideration.
What literary agents do:
1. A literary agent’s top job is to find an editor who likes your book enough to buy it. Reputable literary agents have a wide network of contacts and relationships with acquisition editors at publishing houses. They know what the editors are looking for, and they’re experts at sending your submissions to the right people. Because editors know that submissions by literary agents have already made it through a stringent screening process, agented submissions usually go to the top of the pile.
Literary agents will NOT purchase the rights to your book and then turn around and try to sell your book to publishers. Nor can they promise to sell your book.
2. Literary agents pitch your book project to publishers and try to get you the best deal. It is in their best interest to negotiate lucrative contracts with publishers, as literary agents work on commission (usually 15 percent). They also manage your business affairs with the publisher once the deal goes through—contract disputes, royalty statements, collecting money—leaving you on good terms with the editor and freeing up your time to write.
Literary agents are NOT always attorneys, but they do specialize in book contracts and are well-versed in authors’ rights.
3. A good literary agent will often edit or critique a manuscript and offer valuable suggestions to increase its marketability. BUT you should never query an agent unless you have a completed, professionally formatted, and carefully proofread novel or memoir in hand. (Only how-to and self-help books can be pitched without having been finished first.)
Literary agents do NOT offer line-by-line edits or make rewrites. It’s up to the writer to incorporate the agent’s suggested changes. Agents are not interested in helping you master the art of writing. Their focus is on the business of writing, as in “How can this book sell the most copies?” Read more about how to hire the right editor for your writing.
4. Literary agents are authors’ advocates. They don’t make money unless you make money, so their goal is to get you the best deal. Most reputable agents will make a commission of 15 percent for domestic sales. They offer encouragement and support and help keep you on track with deadlines and rewrites. They can also help shape your career by suggesting new ideas, finding wider audiences, and keeping you abreast of changes and trends in the publishing industry.
Literary agents are NOT tax consultants, publicists, personal bankers, or writing coaches. They often offer moral support, but they are not interested in being your therapist. They will not handle your advertising and marketing. And they’re certainly not interested in being your personal answering service.
It’s up to the writer to take advantage of all the services a good literary agent can offer. As an author’s ally, a good literary agent can make a writer’s life more successful and rewarding.
The submission strategists at Writer’s Relief are also in the writer’s corner, and we offer a variety of services, from full submission services to our free newsletter. Feel free to check out other articles you might find useful when looking for a literary agent for your novel or book project: How To Land A Literary Agent, Nine Questions To Ask A Literary Agent, Do You Need An Agent For Your Book Project?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

With the New Year Comes Promise

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break. I know I enjoyed my time off from work and I got a chance to spend some important one-on-one time with my children.

It is now time to start the new year with gritty determination and a positive attitude. Today, I saw my colleagues face a difficult task with humility and perseverance. I was proud to see them fight back with positive words and questioning attitudes instead of negative talk that does nothing but make your life miserable.

I realize too that the same attitude I witnessed today must be taken into all other aspects of my life. With the new year comes the ability to see events and situations through a new light. It's a wonderful time of year.

Set yourself a new goal and persevere. It's a wonderful time to start.