5 Things You Didn’t Know About Querying as a Debut Author

Originally posted on Carly Watters, Literary Agent:

I really enjoy talking about debuts.

Many debut authors are nervous about their credentials (do I have enough? do they mean anything?), their contacts (who do I have to know? what if I don’t “know” anyone?), and their book (what if it’s not good enough? what if it’s the best I’ve got?).

I think it’s time debut authors gained their confidence and started to tap into the excitement that agents feel for them.

Here are 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Querying as a Debut Author:

1. Agents look forward to your work. Any agent who is building a list is looking for work. Not all agents are building a list however, so save yourself the heartbreak and query agents who advertise that they’re looking for new talent.

2. Your credentials aren’t holding you back. No bylines? No problem. I never brush off writers who haven’t been published in literary journals or…

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More Than Best Friends – Anthology in aid of Guide Dogs For the Blind

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Guide Dogs For The Blind is a wonderful organization and these stories are wonderful on their own. Maybe you can get involved with something like this in your area, or can support an animal friendly/disability friendly organization.

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I am delighted today to showcase an anthology of stories for dog lovers that is also released to support one of the most incredible charities. We all know that dogs are loving, loyal and intelligent but for millions around the world they are also a life-line. The Guide Dogs for the Blind http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/ has made a life changing difference to both those completely blind and those who are partially sighted. Not only do they train companion dogs but they also fund ophthalmic research and campaign for Equal Rights within our community for those who have impaired sight.

‘The Guide Dogs story started in 1931 with two amazing British pioneers, Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond. These remarkable women organised the training of the first four British guide dogs from a humble lock up garage in Wallasey, Merseyside.’

Today this charity, that does not receive any government funding, supports nearly 5,000 blind…

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Heart-Wrenching Photo of Doctor Crying Goes Viral. Here’s Why – by Pamela Wible MD

Henrietta Handy:

We often forget doctors are people, too. They aren’t God.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Outside of a Southern California hospital, an ER doctor is crouched down against a concrete wall grieving the loss of his 19-year-old patient.

Heart-Wrenching Photo of Doctor CryingA paramedic snaps a photo of the tender scene. His coworker, a close friend of the doctor, posts the photo (with permission)online. Minutes after the photograph, the doctor returns to work “holding his head high.”

Thousands of people have commented on the web. In their own words, here is why the photo went viral:

1) Humans crave raw empathy. 

The photographer captures a poignant moment in a stoic profession that trains doctors to remain professionally distant. The voyeuristic photo reveals the emotional reality of doctoring—and a side of physicians that people don’t usually see—while uniting us all in our common humanity.

2) Unexpected death is universally heartbreaking. 

An ER doc, Smeee, writes:

When it comes to our work, nothing is harder—and I mean…

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Chainsaw Sculptures by Tommy Craggs

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: This is simply too amazing! Simply had to share! What do you think of them?

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

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NASA On The Move

Check out @NASA’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/NASA/status/582262451170906114?s=09

The new shape has me wondering if people will call in  about seeing saucer-shaped UFOs around this time.
     Because my hand is still in the “you can’t use it” stage, I am relying more and more on the Nook tablet.  I can use the stylus to type OK, so there wiill still be posts. I am trying to figure out how to continue working and I believe Box is going to play a key role in my future.
     Hope everyone is having an enjoyable Sunday.

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Broken Hand

I am having hand issues.  I am still going to blog, but my friend Shane is going to help keep things moving.  I am to treat my right hand gently.  I am  to baby it for two weeks.  Ughhgh – it is difficult to take it slow some days regardless.

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Should I Use A Publisher? 10 Questions To Ask | Just Publishing

Originally posted on Have We Had Help?:

Given what happened to Leila Samarrairecently, she has now learnt the hard way that everything is not as it seems in the often murky periphery of the literary world. Happily Leila has now found someone trustworthy to translate her work Till Words Do Us Part, from her native Serbian into English.

The accompanying post below could not be more timely, or indeed relevant, not only for her but for all of you. As usual, Derek states the blindingly obvious. Like myself, he has been writing for years. If someone like Derek or I don’t drum some much needed common sense into your heads, who will? Remember that both of us have learnt the hard way. So pay attention!

Face it people, we’re in a cut-throat business. The writing game isn’t for the faint hearted, easily offended, or the blissfully naive among us. If you want to survive within…

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An Interesting Monday – Thoughts

Today has been a good, exhausting day.  The Husband took an impromptu day off because of business we needed attended to.  By the time the business was dealt with we decided to go to Richmond and see Poppy (my father-in-law).

The drive to Richmond was beautiful.  The sky was blue with just a smattering of clouds here and there and the sun was bright and quite warm coming through the van windows.  It was so warm, in fact, there is a slight sunburn to the right side of my face.  I had dressed for cooler temperatures and ended up so hot by the time we reached Richmond, a mere 30-40 miles away, I was so hot I felt nauseous!  Thankfully I was wearing a dress with the sweater over it, so The Husband, at my behest, stopped at a local shop and purchased me a tee-shirt for me to wear.  The Husband is a very fashion conscious person and bought me a tee to go well over the dress.  (I wanted a tee because the dress I was wearing was strapless, and it is just a little too soon, in my opinion, to be wearing a strapless dress.  It won’t be long though.  Not long indeed.)  However, by the time we stopped to get something to eat and I put the tee on, clouds moved in and it was cool again, but not cool enough for the sweater.  Spring weather in Kentucky is enough to drive a woman bonkers!

Visiting with Poppy is always fun.  It was a while since I was able to travel down there to see him and it felt so good just to talk with him and catch up.  It would’ve been more enjoyable, though, if I’d gotten some restful sleep last night.

Last night I dozed fitfully.  It was too hot.  It was too cool.  Willie, bigger now, was snuggling close and I just couldn’t get comfortable so was having him move constantly.  The Husband wasn’t sleeping well either.  As the sun was beginning to come up I finally drifted off to sleep, and, about an hour later, the alarm went off for us to get up.  Both of us just lay there through a couple of “snoozes.”  This means, for most of the day, I was fighting through a fog in order to visit.  Add to this an irrational guilt because I wasn’t writing, finishing up the current story or at least getting the current section finished and the next one begun.  As I said, it wasn’t “rational” in any way, but it was there.

I was so out-of-sorts today I simply threw my diet to the wind and ate whatever I wanted.  I am not feeling guilty about it, though:  I promised myself one day a week I was going to eat anything I wanted.  I set Tuesday as the day this would happen.  Since it happened today I don’t know whether to stick with the plan or eating what I want tomorrow or just saying I’ve had my day this week and jump back into things with both feet.

Today I realized just how difficult it is to stick to plans for eating, etc., when tired and not having enough energy to do everything.  There just wasn’t enough energy resources in my body to make good decisions.  This isn’t an excuse – it is an observation I’ve not made before.  The dots connected today, in other words.

This dieting experience – I hate calling it “a diet” because it is a change, an on-going, permanent change that simply doesn’t have another title – is connecting to everything in my life.  As the weight decreases the word flow and word count increases; also, as the weight decreases the energy flow increases and thus increases the productivity of creative material.  Even the thought processes are changing for the positive because there is beginning to be more energy to actually do more things than what I’ve been able to do before now.  I find this amazing because the goal weight hasn’t been reached – How much more productive will I be when the goal weight is reached?  How much more will I be able to do?!

Changing old habits is hard.  Very hard.  It isn’t impossible.  And, honestly, I would prefer to not have to change, as in, not have to diet and exercise and lose weight.  If I had my preference I would prefer all my writing to be wonderful and nothing fatty I ate would end up on my body and decrease my energy and increase my pain level.  I would prefer not to need to count carbs or make time to exercise.  I would prefer for stories to pop whole out of my head already on paper without spending an hour trying to find just the right word to fit in a sentence.  However, I’m not sure writing would be as much fun that way and, as for losing weight, I don’t believe I would appreciate what I am accomplishing as much.

It is late now and I need to be heading off to bed.  I just wanted to share this new understanding with you.

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Man Sells Unconditional Love on Craigslist for $0

Henrietta Handy:

KMGN: Simply amazing.

Originally posted on Kindness Blog:

Vancouver man, Brice Royer, who is battling cancer, is selling something amazing.

Brice RoyerIn the second most expensive city in the world, what Royer is selling is his most prized possession and one of the hottest commodities in the world – unconditional love.

The Vancouverite posted an ad in the real estate section of Craigslist on March 12, advertising unconditional love for $0. He did not expect for people to take him seriously, but in a few short days, he’d received many offers and over one million views.

Take a read through Royer’s advertisement below:

Brice Royer

Hello, I am selling unconditional love for $0.

Infinite square feet lot. Includes refreshing air, sunshine, the Earth, beautiful mountains and the ocean. A stunning ‘classic’ heritage made 4.5 billion years ago.

Address: Earth, Solar System, Milky Way.

Available now to serious buyers. Perfect for the first-time buyer and experienced investors feeling empty and trapped with…

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24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog:

To read this humourous, but informative article, click on the image or link below:



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