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Think Like an Agent: Agent as Savvy Business Manager by Kristin Nelson and Karen Dionne

Not all literary agents are created equal. Agent Kristin Nelson and author Karen Dionne have seen the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this article series, “Think Like an Agent,” they pool their expertise. Kristin: Simply put, a literary agent is the person an author hires to manage his or her publishing career. Literary agent is actually an odd career. It’s the only job in which the the agent picks the client first, and then the client decides whether ...

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What Makes A Good Agent? by Kristin Nelson

For years, I’ve been friends with the Backspace Co-Founder Extraordinaire Karen Dionne. Over the break, she reached out to me to see if I was open to doing the 2016 Salt Cay Writers Retreat in the Caribbean. Like I need to think about that. Conference in a warm, tropical setting? Oh, heck yeah, I’m in. But as we were chatting, we started talking about how writers sometimes want an agent so badly, they are willing to sign with an average or even a below-average ...

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Do writers have to “write what they know?” by Suzanne Chazin

Writers are often advised to “write what you know.” The thinking goes that only by experiencing something yourself can you portray it authentically. Here’s what I know: 1. A child’s need for a bathroom is inversely proportional to the distance from one. 2. If you want to discuss something really important with a man, hide the remote. 3. Never enter a swimming pool after a bunch of preschoolers have used it. The same goes for teenagers and your car. If I had ...

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What Do Your Dreams Really Mean? by Mary Kennedy

Dreams are amazing, ephemeral and fun. As a psychologist, I enjoy listening to my clients’ dreams and I’m grateful to have a window into their world. Their dreams teach me so much about their unconscious fears and desires, their most hidden emotions. When I read about the popularity of dream clubs in the northeast, I thought it would be a great idea for a mystery series and I wrote Nightmares Can be Murder, the first in the Dream Club Mysteries (Penguin, Sept ...