TODAY’S NAME DROP

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Reviewing recent posts, I discovered that it’s been weeks since I dropped a name or mentioned what some great person said to me. So today’s name is Sheldon Cohen. He was Commissioner of Revenue (as in IRS). But that was way back in 1965 when the IRS was still nice. I am happy to say I never asked him for help with my taxes, because that would be wrong.

THE WORLD OF THEATRE

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Of course, when I say that I mean MY world of theatre. Those of you who follow my blog more or less daily have been thinking, “Enough about your writing. Let us know when the novel is published.” Well, Jeanne Ann, Chuck, Nancy and Cherie, this one’s for you.

The highly enjoyable movie, Pitch Perfect, actually has one, and only one, realistic scene, and that would be the audition. This is what one really looks like!  Except we’ve never had anyone play a plastic cup.

A LITERARY AGENT I LOVE

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And who shall remain nameless in case the NSA (or anyone, which would be nice) is now screening my blog. I love this agent because she actually gives an example of, and instructions for, the kind of query letter that gets her interested. I happen to think it’s a very good format, and I may be bold the next time I’m told ‘send us a query,’ absent any instructions, and use something similar, and then when it doesn’t work the first time, totally give up on it, because at heart I am a coward.

WWW

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Some agents says give us your blog url, some say ‘don’t’ and some don’t tell you what to do. My question is, if an agent looked at my posts would she think ‘Wow, this is one clever person,’ or ‘Wow. This person really hates agents?’ Yes I know, she probably wouldn’t bother looking at it. She’s an agent! She’s reading 200 submissions a day. If she has any spare time she would probably rather read a billboard than 50 more words from a desperate author!

ABSOLUTELY LAST COMMENT ABOUT VERY BAD BOOK

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Dear Author of Very Bad Book, 

Since it appears that your entire book hinges on the ‘fact’ that your main character has a ‘split personality’ disorder, you need to know that the average number of those cases in North America is 13 per year, and some of them are disputed.

Raise your hand if you hate deus ex machina endings as much I do. Try not to bump into each other.