Querying Agents: Part Two – Refining Your Pitch, and Getting Some Movement

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Querying Agents: Part Two – Refining Your Pitch, and Getting Some Movement For the first part of this post, visit: How to Research a Literary Agent My guess is every author has a somewhat different process on what point of the writing and revising process they start researching agents, but

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Querying Agents: Part One – How to Research a Literary Agent

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Querying Agents: Part One – How to Research a Literary Agent An author friend asked me a while back, how I went about querying an agent – not for himself, he’s been agented for over two decades, but for the emerging writers who ask him the same. I’m SURE he

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Remember the ‘wonderful,’ and the road that got you to today

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If you’re reading this, and if you’re an entrepreneur, at some point you had to make a choice. Maybe you felt like you had no choices left. Maybe you just decided you needed something more. Maybe you knew you weren’t doing what made you excited to get out of bed

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So you mean Communication is more than just words?

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Not many people would argue against clear communication being an essential part of any business. We go to workshops, take seminars, and pride ourselves on our ability to communicate clearly. Still, we sometimes forget that communication is a lot more than our ability to say the right words, use the right body language, or

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Introducing: Fiction Fridays AND With a K: Writing Services

If you’ve been following this blog you know I’ve been incredibly focused on making my dream of being a novelist happen – and I’m loving that! I’m even starting a new post series inspired by this choice – Fiction Friday. It’ll be short pieces, some from the past, some brand

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Searching for Gratitude

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Gratitude is a word most of us don’t use too often. If you’re Canadian, you may have used it a few weekends ago as you sat down with your friends, family, and a great big turkey.  If you’re American, you have another week or so before you’re urged to focus on

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You can do it – Kill your darlings

Said in some form by Stephen King, William Faulkner, and some guy named Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (whom I’d never heard of before today), it’s an annoying phrase for most writers: kill your darlings. For editors it’s a little more pleasant or at least satisfying.  Although when it comes to editing, it’s

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It’s All About Intentions

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In my Communication courses, we always spend some time talking about intentions. I usually get some mixed reactions to this: some people seem to really latch onto the idea, while others seem wary of it. I love teaching about intention though, and bring it up two to three times throughout the

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Be the Bison

I’ve been teaching a course on Communication Skills. In the process I also took a course on teaching Communication Skills and was being mentored by a seasoned instructor.  It has been an extremely revealing experience and through the course for instructors, the experience with my mentor, and the process of

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Being a writer and being a hermit – you can be one without the other . . .

. . . although it may be difficult.  I remember back in my teen angst years when I spent hours and hours . . . and hours alone in my room writing.  Now some of this was ridiculously horrible, angst infused poetry but some of it wasn’t.  Some of it

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