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June 28, 2007

Victoria Strauss -- A Short Post for a Hot Day

It's stinking hot in lovely Amherst, Massachusetts today, and my brain is as limp as my poor cats, who are sprawled like dishrags on the hardwood floor, hoping in vain for a cool spot. So I offer you the inspiration of others. Here are some great blog posts I've run across in the past few days:

- A fabulous post from agent Jessica Faust of BookEnds, LLC on Bad Agents: how to recognize marginal and incompetent agents, and why they're just about as bad for your career as dishonest agents.

- This post from editor Anita Diggs sheds some light on why. Editors remember marginal and incompetent agents, and not in a good way.

- Rachel Vater suggests a series of questions to ask to determine whether or not the agent who just made you an offer has a clue.

- Concerned about whether the independent publisher you're thinking of approaching is reputable? Writer December Quinn suggests some things to look for, and contrasts the website of a reputable small publisher with the website of one of the most infamous of the author mills (guess who?).

- Another great post from December on how to evaluate an epublisher.


Stacia said...


Thanks Victoria!

Bernita said...

December's analysis is excellent.

Anonymous said...

So that's what happened when those editors told my ex marginal-but-well-meaning agent that they'd "lost" the submissions. Likely they never even opened the envelope.


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