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I can't bloody decide!

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Re: I can't bloody decide!

Postby Isa Halley » Sun Aug 28, 2016 5:27 pm


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Re: I can't bloody decide!

Postby shadowwalker » Mon Aug 29, 2016 12:34 am

"It seems rather like wanting to be ... a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip." - Roger Zelazny

It's really not that hard. Just tell me a story.

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Re: I can't bloody decide!

Postby James A. Ritchie » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:19 pm

The agent works for the writer, not the other way around. It's about talent, and it's about business sense. Agents bend over backwards in the presence of talent. So do editors. Talent always rules out. It's a simple as writing something that makes agents and editors see dollar signs. You do this by reading as many bestselling novels as possible in the are where you're writing, and then writing it well enough, and with enough good originality, to separate eit from the pack.

If you can do this, agents will beat down your door, and finding a good agent will be the least of your problems. If you an't do this, you simply will not find a good agent.

Anyway, it's YOUR career on the line, and while an agent can always say no, the writer is still hiring the agent. This does not change because the agent may not want the job. The point is that the writer should always be in charge, which means knowing as much about the business of writing as any agent or editor, and exercising control over what happens to your work.

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