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Fiction Friday Meets Write On,Wednesday

By Leslie Lindsay If you’ve been toiling away on a manuscript and getting no where with agents, then what are you doing wrong? I know, I know…I ask this at least once a day. Bet you do, too. The thing is this: so many writers are too concerned with the end result [a published book] than they are with the act of writing. Sure, we all want to ‘have written,’ but it’s the ‘writing’ that gets us there. In the meantime, do your very best writing each and every day. Sure, it takes dogged determination and a thick skin, but it’s what gets you from point A to point B. [Hint: Butt in chair]. I’ve been doing some research on literary agents, reading interviews, scouring their websites and here are a few things I’ve learned: Agents want writing [a story/book] that is: effortless, authentic, surprising, engaging, balanced, and unique. Sounds like a lot of criteria, huh? Can you honestly say that your manuscript includes some element of those qualities? If not, maybe it’s time to …