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August 4, 2006

Writer Beware is on Vacation

Both Ann and Victoria are on vacation, so the blog will be on hiatus from August 5th through August 20th. We'll start posting again as soon as we return.

In the meantime, here are a few of our more useful and/or amusing posts:

How to Write a Query Letter

How to Evaluate an Agent's Website

Faking a Track Record--why you can't always take an agent's claims at face value

What to Look For in an Author-Agent Contract--from the writer's perspective

Become a Writer Beware "Ambassador"

The Five Worst Words You Can Say to Yourself, or, why a new agent needs relevant professional experience

Call Me Doctor and Other Irrelevancies--which professional credentials should impress you (and which ones shouldn't)

"I Can't Sell Your Book Because..." Common bogus excuses used by questionable agents

What Real Agents Do--Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

What Real Agents Don't Do--unprofessional practices commonly used by questionable agents

Top Ten Signs Your Agent is a Scammer

The Bizarre Saga of Melanie Mills--Stranger Than Fiction, We Promise: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

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