Tag: agents

  • Post-Hiatus

    Whew!  That was a long break.  But I had a lot to do, and I hate summers in general, so if I had posted anything, it would have come off as grumpy and verbally itchy, and that doesn’t do anyone any good.  Oh, also, there’s a new dog. But I digress. So, a lot has…

  • Sharing thoughts with Colin Wolfe

    I’ve been enjoying a cool email exchange with fellow local struggling author, Colin Wolfe.  I know Colin from the Brick Playhouse days, when he was a fellow local struggling playwright.  He checked out the three-part post I did a couple of months ago, regarding the perils of self-publishing, and had a few interesting comments to…

  • The pitfalls of self-publishing, part 3

    In case you’re wondering, there’s no particular reason I’m attaching a photo of my wife and a chicken, other than I don’t have an image that illuminates the issue of self-publishing, and I enjoy bragging about my cooking.  My blog, my rules. In my last post, I talked about the valid reason why an author…

  • The pitfalls of self-publishing, part 1

    All right, I want to talk about self-publishing, and I have a lot to say about it, so I’m going to break it up over a few posts.  I don’t know how many; I ramble a lot.  But so many of my friends and colleagues are asking me why I don’t do it, particularly now that…

  • Push to Publish 2015

    So, two weekends ago saw the comings and goings of Push to Publish 2015, the annual soiree at Rosemont College that pits writers against agents in a Mad-Max-style battle for dominance across a post-apocalyptic Australian desert.  “Just walk away!” howled agent Gina Panettieri.  “Just walk away, and we will allow you to live!” Nothing really…

  • Push to Publish 2014, Part 3

    Now we’re cooking’!  Today, I present part three of my Push to Publish misadventures, which will conclude in the nitty-gritty; the stuff that goes down after the conference is over.  We’re talking stilt-fights on trampolines!  Fire eating!  A song about a bird!  Pawning prosthetic limbs for one more round in the opium den! Okay, no.…

  • Push to Publish 2014, Part 2

    In my last post, I started talking about the Push to Publish conference, and focused on my “speed-date,” during which, I pitched my novel to an agent (or didn’t pitch it, depending upon how you look at it…see the post for details).  Today, I’m talking about the sessions and some of the people I met.…

  • Push to Publish 2014, Part 1

    The Push to Publish conference graced the campus of Rosemont College on Saturday, and I had a blast…so much so, that I won’t even try to cram it all into a single post.  So, let me give you some highlights today, and I promise, I’ll get to the rest later in the week. The conference…

  • Agents are lizard people

    The last post was all about the Pitch Slam at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014.  Today, I want to write around the Pitch Slam and talk a little about the gravity of the thing. To refresh your memory, the Pitch Slam was an event where authors could pitch their books at agents for three minutes in…

  • Pitch Slamming…not as dirty as it sounds

    In my last post, I provided an overview of the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014.  Now, I want to delve into its various moving parts, starting with its most significant, the Pitch Slam.  You can attend the sessions without signing up for the Slam (and save yourself a hundred bucks), but I can’t see much reason for…