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The Best of the Worst

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the things you may not know about me is that I won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest┬áin 1999 for the worst first line in children’s literature.

My line read:

The greedy schoolbus crept through

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You Deserve a Break Today

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Many of you are either smack dab in the middle of Spring break or getting ready for it. If you have school age children you are even more aware of this pause in our regular schedule. For …

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Agent Braggadocio

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the things we value at Book & Such is our reputation for truth-telling. Saying it like it is. In deference to members of our own profession, we sometimes shy away from being truth tellers about …

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Pre-Pub Writers–Seize the Day

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

It’s a given that before a writer is published he needs to hone his writing skills but what else can a writer do while he’s waiting to get that first contract? How can he seize the day? …

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Setting: Real or Imagined?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the first issues writers confront in planning their novel is where to set it. Is it better to set it in a real place or to dream up an imaginary town? Let’s explore both options.…

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The Advance: How Much Can I Expect?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy

Following is a post I wrote a couple of years ago as a guest on another blog. Because it’s a topic writers care about I wanted to share the information here.

I love to talk about great writing, …

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Tick-Tock

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I’m going to let you in on a secret that my clients already know: your agent needs to be spending his or her time working on your behalf. Time spent with clients is often time taken away …

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Competing for Readers

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the parts of the proposal that often stymies writers is the competitive analysis section. That’s where the writer is asked to tell what books are similar to his, while highlighting why his offers a different …

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Wild Possibilities

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Publishing professionals often snicker when they hear authors dream about the day their book becomes an Oprah Pick. Or the jaded roll their eyes to hear that an author has created a list of actors to cast …

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More About Writing Rituals

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

I wrote about writing rituals some five years ago here, but with Sunday’s Superbowl and all the talk of fan rituals– like not shaving for the whole season, or refusing to change underwear as long as …

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