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I recently stumbled across a great post by ever-helpful agent Nathan Bransford titled “Ten Commandments for the Happy Writer.”

They're all good advice, but my favorites are #5 (“Don't Quit Your Day Job. Quitting a job you need to pay the bills in order to write a novel is like selling your house and putting the proceeds into a lottery ticket....”) and the last one:

“10. Keep writing. Didn't find an agent? Keep writing. Book didn't sell? Keep writing. Book sold? Keep writing. OMG an asteroid is going to crash into Earth and enshroud the planet in ten feet of ash? Keep writing. People will need something to read in the resulting permanent winter.”

Two more and he could have started a 12-step program for writers!

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Mar. 16th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. Nathan is 20-something. He knows what's "now" and "hot". Are these the books we'll be reading in 20-40 years? I don't think so.

I'm finding the biggest problem with agents is that they're children. Maybe even grand-children. I'm definitely out of the "classics" phase into the "whatever is vampire phase." Agents have a touch on the pulse of the current "in" stuff. Do they know what will last 50 or 100 years? I don't think so.

Bless their little childish hearts. We're stuck with being told what's hot by people who like Project Runway. Sad that the adults are no longer in control.
Mar. 17th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Well, perhaps it's more that tastes, like the times, have changed. I'll bet my parents felt the same way 40 years ago when I wore my first miniskirt. But I do look at young police officers and say "That child is allowed to carry a gun?"
Mar. 17th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, yeah. Just an old woman wishing she hadn't missed her chance by doing stupid stuff like making a living and raising children. Made my choices, gotta sleep in the bed I made. The younger generation is taking over, just like I was supposed to be doing, but screwed it by being a responsible adult. My mistake.
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