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Most writers, whether they admit it or not, would love to have a good agent representing their work. Not having to search for markets allows more time for writers to do what they do best – write!

In the search for an agent, writers are told to look for agents who represent work similar to their writing. This advice is almost always followed by a warning: “But make sure your manuscript isn’t too similar to books already represented by that agent.” Hmm, there seems to be a contradiction here.

I saw an link to an informative post on the subject at the Jennifer Represents blog. And for my readers who are writers, there are more great posts from an agent’s perspective on this blog.

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I met Isaac Asimov many years ago at a science fiction convention called EveCon. In one panel discussion (where he was not on the panel, but in the audience), an impassioned young woman was asking the writers on the panel to create a new word for a female hero. She thought heroine was a lesser word, and read a list of words she’d come up with that were more suitable. I was about to respond (having been recently introduced at a poetry reading as a poetess rather than a poet), when Isaac raised his hand.

“Young woman,” he said, “why not just use the word, hero? I see no need for a separate word. A hero is a hero no matter the gender or species.”

My feelings exactly! And after Isaac Asimov’s wonderful answer, there was no need for me, or anyone else on the panel to respond.

Here’s a quote on writing from Isaac Asimov: “What lasts in the reader’s mind is not the phrase but the effect the phrase created: laughter, tears, pain, joy. If the phrase in not affecting the reader, what’s it doing there? Make it do its job or cut it without mercy or remorse.”

I, like many writers, need to heed these words, and thoughtfully edit my stories before presenting them to readers.

 

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