Just for Fun

A Little Fun for the Holiday

1. A day without sunshine is like night. 2. On the other hand, you have different fingers. 3. Forty-seven percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. 4. Ninety-nine percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name. 5. Remember, half the people you know are below average. 6. He who laughs last,…
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Books We Love

I just finished reading The Writing Circle by Corinne Demas (or as one of my friends called it, Literary People Behaving Badly). I loved the book! It’s perfect for writers, particularly anyone who’s ever been part of a writers’ critique group. The author gets inside all these different writers’ heads, deconstructing their jealousies and insecurities,…
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Announcing Winners

of The Forest For the Trees by Betsy Lerner THANKS for entering the drawing, and for all your great tidbits of writing advice! If your name is NOT listed below, here’s where you can buy the book:Buy on AmazonBuy on Barnes and Noble I used a random number generator on Random.org and from that, drew…
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Happy Fall

I’m taking a few days off from the blog. Back soon!
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Not Accepting Queries Until Further Notice

“When you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.” I’ve been reassessing my client list and workload lately, and have had to make some tough decisions. I’ve decided to stop accepting queries until further notice. This could be two months or it could be the rest of the year.…
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Friday Free For All

Every once in awhile I want to stop talking on this blog, and just listen. Today’s one of those days. You get to say what YOU want. You could tell us all a joke. You could ask a question (I don’t know much about anything but publishing, so good luck there.) You could make an…
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You Might Be an Agent If…

You know Jeff Foxworthy, right? You might be a redneck if…You think “loading the dishwasher” means getting your wife drunk. You ever cut your grass and found a car. You own a home that is mobile and 5 cars that aren’t. You think the stock market has a fence around it. Your stereo speakers used…
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***Closed to Queries***

I will not be accepting any queries in the month of July. Any I receive between now and August 1st will be deleted with no response and you will be blacklisted forever. Just kidding. I’ll delete any queries I receive after today, and hope to hear from you in August! Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent
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WINNERS: The One-Sentence Summary Contest

Wow! We had nearly 500 entries in last Wednesday’s contest. I’m thrilled, because this means 500 of you worked on creating a concise summary for your book, something most writers find difficult. But it can be done, right? I hope this served as a helpful exercise for you. Of course it was very difficult narrowing…
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Who Will Win the Contest?

Winners of the One-Sentence Summary Contest will be announced TOMORROW, Monday. On Tuesday, I’ll be discussing one-sentence summaries in further detail, and critiquing a handful of the entries. Be sure and let me know if you DON’T want your entry critiqued on the blog (just in case I choose yours).
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This Made Me Laugh

The Real Reason Dinosaurs Became Extinct Have a great weekend! Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent
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The One-Sentence Summary

*Contest is closed.*Today we’re going to talk about the one-sentence summary, also known as a logline, a hook, or a one-sentence pitch. (It is not a tagline, however.) What: About 25 words that capture your novel, memoir, or non-fiction book. Why: To get someone interested in reading your book. When to use it: The start…
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School’s Out For Summer

Today’s my kids’ last day of school, so summer is officially starting around our house. I love summer – the hot weather, the vacations, the feeling of “freedom” that I experience vicariously through my kids. When I think of the summers when I was growing up in California, I remember spending days at the beach…
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Late Breaking News

Do the Write Thing for Nashville is raising money to help the flood victims in Nashville. They’re donating the money through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Authors, editors and agents are donating books and services that are being auctioned off to raise money. I’ve contributed a 30-minute phone call. You can bid on it…
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I love words.

I love books and publishing and talking incessantly about them.

I love authors and all the intricacies of managing a writing life.

I sell. I negotiate. I coach. I brainstorm.

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