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Thought of the Day

If you read an agent’s blog regularly, any agent’s blog, and have ever, even once, read a post that gave you a mild case of anxiety, fear that you might have screwed up, you didn’t. Just the fact that you had that fear means you’re probably doing everything right, or close to right.


Category: Blog


  1. Hi!

    I liked your blog. You are lucky! You are free to write, speak and publish. But in Pakistan the situation is opposit!

    Habib R. Sulemani is a Pakistani journalist who also writes poetry and fiction. His novel, The Terrorland, on which he has been working for years, has enraged the powerful establishment.

    After attempts on his life, he is
    locked inside his home in Rawalpindi since March 29, 2010. Neither the government nor his employers have done anything so far despite requests for providing him and his family members security.

    In a letter to global leaders, human rights, journalistic and literary organizations, Mr. Sulemani writes: “Freedom of thought and expression
    is still a slogan in our part of the world. If the Pakistani,
    American, British and allied governments, partners in fighting global terrorism, want to win the war, then they must address intellectual terrorism first.”

    For details plz click:


  2. Even the time I queried an agent with a title so awful that the agent wrote me a one-page email explaining why the title was bad and what I should do to pick a decent title?

    And then two days later, posted the "how to create a title" parts of that same email on her weblog headed with, "Authors, I notice some of you put bad titles on your work"?


  3. It's like parenting. A truly despicable parent (ie truly hopeless writer) doesn't care whether he or she is doing it right.

    Worrying about it means you care which is more than half the battle.

  4. Wisdom and skill come from making mistakes – but only if you learn from them.

    "Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught." – Winston Churhill

  5. Jessica, thanks a lot for the post. There have been so many times I've read a post and thought oh I wished I'd know that sooner or thought I was done polishing a project until my eyes were opened to something I should/shouldn't do.

  6. Thanks for reassuring us. This applies to all things, I would think. If you're worried you're doing it wrong, then you'll want to fix it. If you're not worried, then you might just be ignorant of your mistakes, and that will cost you.

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