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Author Beware—Award Winners

Over the years, as an editor and agent, I have built a pretty good-sized author beware file. This file is made up of the letters and e-mails I’ve received from authors that I know I want to avoid. From time to time I’m going to dig out one of those letters and post some of what was said. And, of course, I’m going to comment.

Thanks for the reply. Of course, I think you are making a mistake by not reading [my book], but I understand that you probably want to continue representing books that don’t win Pulitzer Prizes or National Book Awards. 

I’ve been keeping an eye out for this author’s name and have yet to see any nominations.


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  1. Kind of setting themselves up for doom with that one. You hear the stories of these letters, but it’s so hard to believe people are that nitwitted!

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