Friday, October 31, 2008

Making a Literary Life Friday: Farewell

(L-R: Lynne, Hannah, Amy, & Lisa on the phone.)

That's right, we're done. The world does not need another essay about the writer's life. Blah, blah, blah. Been there, done that, and now it's time to do something else.

So let's get creative. We're going away for a week and when we come back (November 10), we'll feature your questions about writing, editing, agents, editors, conferences, marketing, grammar (especially that irascible semicolon) -- anything and everything having to do with the truth about the writer's life.

Yeah, the truth. You see, we'll take your questions, answer them ourselves and/or consult someone in the business who can, sometimes throw it out to the readers to help; grant you anonymity, naturally; and be very honest (did you notice the semicolons? not so tricky). Like 1-2-3, off-with-the-Band-Aid honest.

Let's start with a little bit of honesty right now: We will not read your manuscript and critique for you. Don't even ask. We might consider your query letter. Maybe.

We'll publish your question, each of us will give our own answer (heck, you'll have to decide what to take and what to chew over), and you have to be prepared for the truth. Imagine you're sitting down with the four of us in Amy's red dining room and getting a dose, just like we give each other. It can be tough. Expect tears, gnashing of teeth, maybe even a few epiphanies.

If you think you can take it, send us your questions. If you think you know better, leave a comment.

Whatever happens, we hope you'll leave a little inspired and better prepared for a literary life. Farewell.

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