Tuesday, August 28, 2018

#Literary #Agent Takes on The #Rejection Letter

I came across this in my reading and thought you'd like to have a look. It's a prominent literary agent's take on having to deliver the bad, bad news to you. Here's how he sums up the relationship we at LROD bitch and moan about non-stop:
It always bears repeating: agents work for writers, not the other way around. I make my living as a percentage of an author’s living. Essentially I’m looking for a cool boss who is an extraordinary writer. So feel free to send me your manuscript. I’ll try to get to it quickly. Maybe it will be a runaway bestseller. Maybe I’ll subject you to my brutal candor, or maybe I’ll ghost you. And if it doesn’t work out, please know that I wish you the best of luck connecting with a good agent who isn’t such an asshole.
Refreshing, right? Honest too. He's no asshole, BTW; dude is my agent.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

A "Must Read #Fiction Listing" from Mass Book Awards

Remember me? Yeah, yeah....I know. Long time. Two things, though: some good book new and some rejection book news. My book of short stories, which was roundly rejected by all in the early years of this blog, was just named a Fiction Must Read for the Massachusetts Book Award hosted by the Massachusetts Center for the Book! Here's the full list. Congratulations to the winners. If you haven't read Pretend I'm Your Friend: Stories yet, check it out here.  
     As for the bad news, you all will recall that I was writing a non-fiction book about disinheritance in a memoir kind of style. My agent loved it, sent it out to the big houses, but, guess what, no one bought it.  The common theme seemed to be that the editors did not find resonance with the voice of the book, or had published something similar (?! not), or simply didn't respond (ghosted the agent: have you heard of this?).  I decided to let the book sit. Who knows? Maybe I dodged a bullet (literal family bullet by gun-carrying relatives who did not want me to publish that book no-way, no-how). I will eventually publish the rejections here, of course, so you may have a look-see and do what you will with them.  
     In the meantime, happy summer 2018. Keep writing. Don't believe what the fuck-wads say about you when they are rejecting your book. 
    Also, try not to worry so much about the state the country and the world. Just write about it. That's why you were put on this green earth.

Friday, December 15, 2017

New #Book. Finally....

It is done. Agent's response: "I FUCKING love this." Submission starts after the first of 2018. Are you ready?  I will be

Monday, March 20, 2017

Closing in on the #Elusive and #Painful #Memoir about Being #Disinherited

LROD has been quiet lately because I've been finishing up the memoir based on this article, which is currently titled #Disinherited: An American Tradition of Betrayal. Why does it take me so long to write a book? Is it just how long books take to write? Is it me?  How long does it take you to write a book? Anyway, I did a ton of research, so it's a memoir with some information on disinheritance. I am finally nearing the end of the process, but only because my paid clients have gone underground and not needed me lately. I hope I have enough savings to go the distance here. It's been great to focus on my writing, but a little hairy not to have a paycheck.  

Friday, November 25, 2016

#PretendImYourFriend in #PeopleMagazine (@people) and #EntertainmentWeekly (@EW)

Pretend I'm Your Friend: Stories has launched with some very cool reviews in People and Entertainment Weekly! People puts me next to Ms. Carly Simon and EW gives both me and Michael Chabon a B+.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Speaking to STCC Students on the First Day of #TRUMPNATION

I spoke to two different groups of students at Springfield Technical Community College on Wednesday, November 9. It was very heartening to talk  to young people who are working so hard to get an education, especially after such a rough election night.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Today I Am Thinking About the Late, Great #GracePaley: #Shortstory #Genius

Here's a memory of mine published over The Story Prize Blog about Grace Paley. What a writer.

Paley offers this advice for you today:

  1.  Have a low overhead
  2. Get a spouse/bf/gf/lover who has some regard for you work
  3. Learn to tell the truth all the time
  4. Watch out for being trendy
  5. Work, work, work
  6. As you work, you'll get better or worse. If you get worse, get out of the business
Watch this amazing video about her (which didn't know existed) called GRACE, so you can see her chewing gum for yourself.