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A little bit of whimsy: Phaedra Patrick

By Roz DeKett Five unpublished novels in, Phaedra Patrick was beginning to wonder whether she’d ever achieve her childhood ambition of writing for a living. Then one day she showed her son, now ten, her charm bracelet and tried to … Continue reading

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Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

By Roz DeKett The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For … Continue reading

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Who cares about your characters?

By Roz DeKett At the Writer’s Digest 2015 Annual Conference in New York City, Talcott Notch Literary Services President and Executive Editor Gina Panettieri spoke about developing compelling characters. Here are my notes from her talk. You’ve heard it before, … Continue reading

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The right way to query a literary agent about your book

By Roz DeKett Janet Reid, the literary agent who runs QueryShark, gave a thorough and helpful overview on how to query (and how not to query) at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City, July 31-August 2, 2015. … Continue reading

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What literary agents want … and don’t want

By Roz DeKett Pitch slams Let the passion you have for the book shine through. Tell them what it’s about, what the main character goes through, what happens at the end. They need to know this to get interested in … Continue reading

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A different kind of writing blog: Roz DeKett

Hello, and welcome to my blog. It’s mostly conversations with writers: authors, poets, and playwrights. I also post writing tips from authors and agents at writer’s conferences I attend. When I started this blog, I decided to make it a continuation of what I’d done … Continue reading

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