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This video speaks for itself. As agents, we've ALL experienced this. I once had a writer slip me an ms under the bathroom stall door.

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  1. Comical, but telling. One of the mistakes I used to make was describing something I was working on by talking in vague, general circles without giving any real information about the novel. One of the women in this video demonstrates one of my key shortcomings. I groaned when I listened to her, as I am sure others have done when listening to me. I have learned that a concise well-spoken or written synopsis of the work in progress is essential when pitching a story. Or pitching anything, for that matter.

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  2. I liked the film. All of them helped me realize the things to avoid and exactly how much work I have to do before I'm "pitch perfect" considering I've never pitched my story to an agent or anyone.

    Thanks again Michael :)

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  3. No, I appreciate when anyone bothers to put any thought into my work. The only critics I mind are those who want the author to change details that offend the critic's personal beliefs. One example would be a critic who wanted me to take firearms out of a novel that contained a number of characters who were soldiers; she disliked reading about people carrying guns. No story is going to please everyone. It's foolish for a writer to make that his or her goal.

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    1. There is a lot of stupid advice out there, but that is why we always use models and examples of great writing and plotting. Our intent is to provide the correct advice.

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  4. Since my memoir was published, six authors have asked me to review and post a "blurb."
    I simply couldn't on five of them. Their work was far from ready. it's tricky to be tactful so you don't crush their heart. But I couldn't have my name on such incomplete work. So what I'm saying is that I appreciate intelligent, experienced and skilled critique for my work. Yes, it crushes at times, but that's what cut and paste is for. Just move it to a folder for another book!

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  5. That last 5 seconds of the video.... hahahahahaha! my eyes are watering. thank you so much for all the information on this page and elsewhere.

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