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March 10, 2006

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Keri

I am an unpublished author and would never in a million years email a published author, asking for help with a manuscript or a referral to an agent. How inappropriate and disrespectful of the author's time! There are so many resources out there--writing sites, conferences, workshops, critique groups, freelance editors. To the author who posed this question, do you have a "writing tips" section on your site? That might help slow the tide of these inappropriate requests.

Dr.Sue

That's a great suggestion, Keri. Thanks!

katharine weber

The wonderful Scots writer A L Kennedy has some hilarious yet realistic answers to these questions on her website:

http://www.a-l-kennedy.co.uk/faq.htm

Dr.Sue

Thanks, Katharine. They really are wonderful, smart comments, and I laughed out loud.

Jozef Imrich

If new writers have never heard the name Gerard Jones, then it is high time they did. Gerard is one of the true stars of the web -- one of those people who early on recognised that the internet could be used in a wholly new way, to do wholly new things, and he seized the opportunity.

Gerard is the creator of Everyone Who's Anyone in Adult Trade Publishing and Tinseltown Too ;-)
http://everyonewhosanyone.com/

CODA: A guide to publishers and publishing services for serious writers
http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/pubagent.htm

katharine weber

If being a "true star" of the web is the same thing as being famous for irritating many people in the world of publishng, then, indeed, Jones is a star. His information may be useful, but his MO is not one to emulate if one is serious about finding an agent and a publisher.

Jozef Imrich

Indeed Katharine ... the link was posted in a context of the way Jones provides information on the movers and shakers inside the publishing mill.

It is only fair that new, green, writers should make an effort to explore all kinds of literature and resources in order to evaluate their publishing options. New writers who are armed with facts and infomation are less likely to be dismissed by established writers. I have found that most established authors are rather willing to give their subjective advice on all kinds of topics ... The unconditional advice given on Buzz, Balls and Hype is priceless. I often pinch myself as only a few years ago this kind of information would be available to a very limited number of people.

How lucky is our very own generation!

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