• This prescription is from before you could do that. I don’t need it every day and I still have another refill on this.

      We are now old ladies, chatting on the comments section about our allergy meds.

      • Yes, very true. Your comment made me laugh out loud at work. I also am a cat owner/crazy cat lady of 3 kitties. So much s that my office decorated my desk with paw prints and cat photos for my birthday. :)

  1. Thank you for answering my question! It helped a somewhat shitty day feel a bit better. I’m still looking for that elusive day job, trying to keep offices in mind. You’re right re:waitressing and other on-the-feet positions; something about them exhausts the mind as well as the body and it’s impossible to write.

    Also, can I just say that employers who don’t follow up with you when they say they will suck? Just send me an e-mail saying you hired someone else, like you told me you would. Don’t make me call you so I can find out for myself. That’s just mean.

  2. Thank you so much for writing this! It’s so sensible and straight forward. It makes writing seem hard, without being impossible. And there’s something about that sense of truth that is very encouraging. I have a feeling I’ll be coming back to this post frequently.

  3. Corina

    For the author looking for a literary agent, check out http://queryshark.blogspot.com/ It’s one agent’s blog where she takes apart actual query letters. It’s very specific and helpful. Also, be sure to check out the literary agents’ websites before you send them anything. They’ll tell you exactly what they want and in what format. If you’re on twitter, so are a lot of literary agents. Follow a few quietly for awhile and you’ll very quickly learn what common mistakes drive them insane when reading the slush pile and what catches their eyes.

  4. Heather

    This is such good information.

    I’ve been cleaning out years of boxes and recently found a 1990 Guide to Writer’s Markets in hardcover. So glad all that info is online now.

    I have a related question — I’ve noticed that some publishers will accept manuscripts from new writers without an agent but they also want the chapters or the entire manuscript submitted with a full “how would you sell this/who is your audience” marketing plan, which I’d think is a deterrent for many new writers.

    Do agents also do that with new writers?

    • pamie

      In my experience with friends I have helped put together their submissions for agents, they were asked by the agent to include information like you’re describing. I believe it’s an expected part of a non-fiction proposal, but with fiction (just like film and television) you do want to let them know there’s an audience for the book, especially if it doesn’t have a built-in one (Sci-Fi, YA, Horror, etc.)

      It shouldn’t be a deterrent, because you should know your story well enough to have a concept of who would want to read it. Also, you should be familiar with other authors who have a similar tone/style/etc so you can say, “This person’s audience would be interested in this book.”

  5. How does one follow this blog?? I clicked the follow the RSS feed link but then it was like ‘NO YOU CAN’T DO THAT’ and I was like woah calm down just tryna follow this blog here but I guess that’s easier said than done. Any idea why that link no workie?

    PS: I really like your blog.


    • RSS link and feed look fine here. No idea what error you are actually getting from your post so I can’t help more than to say it is working on this end.

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