HOW TO FIND AN AGENT

Your novel is finished — where do you begin to find an agent to represent you?

YOUR FIRST STEP: is to COPYRIGHT your manuscript, to protect your hard work.  Due to Covid 19, the U.S Copyright office is closed, but you can still file by mail or on line.  Go to  www.copyright.gov/registration –Create a username and password; get the form; fill out, pay a nominal fee, and submit.  That done, you can now begin the search for your agent.

NOTICE:  If you start on line, you will find publishing services eager to read your book— asking for submissions and offering packages that may be tempting—such as editing, publishing, consulting, promotion, and distribution  Before you agree to these services, check reviews, compare pricing, and most importantly, be certain you keep all rights to your book.

NEXT: Determine what category your book belongs too…  Is it fiction or nonfiction?  Did you write for adults, young adults, middle school, or young children?  Is it a Romance, a Mystery, Science Fiction, Educational or Non-fiction.?  If you are unsure, go to a bookstore or your local library and check the books you find in the various categories, until you see one that is most like your novel. Keep in mind that you need an agent who represents other writers in your category. Do not ignore those agents searching for writers. Agents new and established are always looking for authors, and will represent your interests.  They know which Publisher, would be a good fit for your book, and have the experience in creating interest in your manuscript.

NEXT: Write your Query letter directed to all agents who represent authors in your category. Look on line for samples of Query Letters.  Choose one that best says what you are comfortable with, and use it as a foundation for your Query, putting as much care into creating and polishing your query as done in writing your novel. Remember, the Query is to interest the agent in you, as an author.  Be certain to include important facts Agents look for, such as: genre, target audience, word count, title, and a shortened version of the story, as well as a little about yourself.

Today may be your time to be discovered.  Good luck!

My sincere thanks to Robert Lee Brewer Senior Editor of Writers’ Digest, for his wonderful article on finding the right literary agent.

Paula

IT’S A NEW DAWN

IT’S A NEW DAWN

How were your Holidays?    Mine were not at all like previous years. Two in my family had Covid-19, thereby necessitating we zoom them while opening gifts and eating our Christmas dinner without parts of our family. Many items ordered did not arrive in time for giving—and selection in most stores was poor. Even Amazon delivered in two or three days, instead of their usual overnight.

The best thing about the Holidays, this year, is that 2020 would soon be gone, and with the vaccines, we hope to see the end of Covid-19, job losses, businesses closing, staying home, virtual learning, and more, allowing us to look forward to a NEW DAWN AND 2021.

What is your next step?  Is it Editing, finding an Agent, or a Publishing House?

 Do use a professional Editing person or company. Writer’s Digest offers a second Draft Service, you may consider. After reading your first ten pages, they will suggest how to improve your manuscript, to make it saleable, at an affordable price.

Next:… HOW TO SEARCH FOR, AND FIND THE RIGHT AGENT.

 Keep on Writing:     Paula

THANKSGIVING

 THANKSGIVING
 > 
 Thanksgiving is almost here
 We waited the whole darn year
 It’s not the same as years before
 Still you will find me at the door
  
 To welcome family to my home
 And even those who are alone
 The table is set, the turkey done
 The time for us has begun
  
 I am thankful we had this day
 To be together come what may
 It is time for all of us to part
 I thank you all from my heart 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING, PAULA


			

FILLING THE BLANK PAGE

FILLING THE BLANK PAGE

When I began writing my first story, I faced the blank page and sat, staring at it for some time. I was hesitant, thinking, am I confident enough to tell the story? Do I really know how to create characters that face the difficulties of life, in a time and place designed by me? I needed advice from other authors, past and present, and began by searching the internet for guidance.  I found an article on quotes they wrote, and read all of them. They inspired me to type MY FIRST WORDS on that blank page.

Below are a few inspirational quotes, I want to share with you and hope they help you as they did me, to fill that first blank page:

 “YOU CAN FIX ANYTHING BUT A BLANK PAGE”…Nora Roberts

 “I START WITH A QUESTION. THEN TRY TO ANSWER IT.”    Mary Lee Settle

“FILL YOUR PAPER WITH THE BREATHING OF YOUR HEART”…William Wadsworth

“IT’S NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS THAT YOU HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE. LET THEM THINK YOU WERE BORN THAT WAY”…Ernest Hemingway

“I KEPT ALWAYS TWO BOOKS IN MY POCKET, ONE TO READ, ONE TO WRITE IN”…Robert Louis Stevenson

“THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE IS TO STOP SAYING I WISH, AND START SAYING I WILL.” …Charles Dickens

“START WRITING NO MATTER WHAT!  THE WATER DOES NOT FLOW UNTIL THE FAUCET IS TURNED ON.”…Louis L’Amour

My thanks to author CHELLE STEIN, for providing these Quotes.   

 Paula

TIME TO VOTE

THE MOST IMPORTANT WORD IN THE STATE OF THE UNION IS…UNION

TIME TO VOTE

Tomorrow, November 3, 2020, Americans Vote.

We are one people—one nation,

voting  for our  choice, together, Unified, to select the President of our United States, as well as local candidates .

It is a privilege we, as Americans enjoy and should be proud to participate in.  We live in a great county, with many opportunities, and benefits.

Remember those who fought and died for this privilege and honor them by voting.

And regardless of who wins, be proud you voted and support those who did. 

YOUR VOTE MATTERS.

Paula

HALLOWEEN EVE

HALLOWEEN EVE

Halloween is almost here
When haunted houses reappear
The children all scream with fear
When goblins and witches disappear

The vampires flee into the night
To hunt for prey and take a bite
The skeletons dance with delight
While those who watch quiver in fright

The bats and spiders share the thrill
To fly and crawl and cause a chill
After the fun and scare, and all is still
Youngsters still have a bag to fill

The children walk door to door
Neighbor to neighbor, floor to floor
As they have done the year before
Filling bags with treats and more

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, Paula
 

IS WRITING A PASSION, A NEED, OR DESIRE

Do you believe that most people do not have a passion? They go day to day doing what they think is necessary.

Passion is a mixture of a strong need, a hunger to learn, the spirit of I can do it, and the fortitude to, never give up.

Writers are passionate people. You can find them sitting at a computer keyboard pounding out their soul and forming images created by their imagination. Writers are endowed with inspiration and committed to explore the events occurring in a human’s lifetime; constantly working towards understanding phenomena; opening new doors by creating visions in our minds, that give us purpose..

Passionate writings deal with life’s fears and goals, sharing inspiration, and can motivate readers to improve their lives. Passionate writers dig deep into their own souls, to use words, descriptions, and information, that will connect to readers.

To become a passionate writer, one must learn to accept the events of all humanity, whether evil or good, as a learning tool, allowing you, the writer, to change what is wrong, and express your admiration for achievements that promote good, using only words.

It is not easy being a writer.  Your work needs, editing, sometimes re-writing, correcting punctuation errors, and other changes. But, that comes later.  First, sit at that keyboard, and START WRITING!

TELL ME:  ARE YOU A PASSIONATE WRITER?

PAULA

LOOK TO THE SUN

LOOK TO THE SUN AS THE FLOWER DOES

AND

YOU WILL NEVER SEE SHADOWS

We all need some time to spend in the sun—to renew our bodies, improve our mental health and find the lost spring in our footsteps. These past months have taken its’ toll on all of us. Some of us are still not working.  Some of us are returning to a changed normal, and there are those who lost faith and need to be inspired again.

There are still unwritten pages of your life to be lived and memories to make and share with those you love. So,get up and go rescue yourself from these last months and even though you have travelled through life’s uncertain road this year, try to think of the good times, the friends you can help, who are grieving, or lost their jobs, and  lend a helping hand to those who need a lift-up.

Be grateful to the angels who came to our rescue and worked tirelessly throughout this Pandemic—saving so many lives because they cared.

We are a country of believers, who will go on with our wonderful memories with spirits lifted and a renewed determination to live life to its fullest.

Paula

HOW TO FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE



Last week, I was sad about so many things.  Somehow, I could not find a happy place. After meditating and searching all my memories, I found the one place, where I am always happy. Maybe some of you still need to find your Happy Place—a place where you are free from worry; can refresh your state of mind, and lift your spirits.

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF A HAPPY PLACE?   “It is an activity, a memory, a place, or situation that makes you feel happy.”


            For me it is the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. I love the forests; the majestic mountains with clouds touching the tops; listening to the water running down from the peaks into streams, my toes enjoying the coolness of the rushing water, and the bears searching for food standing in the middle of a road, causing a bear jam.

Here are a few suggestions to help you find your happy place.

A. Remember the places where you enjoyed yourself.—A park, a movie, a family gathering, a party, the beach, time with friends, the spa, etc. Feel yourself, there, in your happy environment, content and peaceful; your body relaxed.   
   
B. Try something new—a new dish, a new recipe, or bake cookies and decorate them with funny sayings.

C. Share laughs with friends, family, and neighbors.  Step away from your home, the computer, and social media, and, allow yourself to enjoy being with others.

D. Take a drive to a new destination. Make it a day trip and experience life in a new place.

E. Dreams can be your happy place… a boat; a beach home, a new car, a vacation, or any imagined place that increases your happiness. We all have dreams…

The next time you feel sad, try going to your happy place and allowing those memories to lift your spirits and renew your frame of mind.

 Paula
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A SAD DAY FOR ME

Today is a sad day for me; I know my sadness will last until I say something.  I have, for so long, held in all my sadness but sitting outside in a warm late September day, I am finally going to talk to many someones*(everyone)

Why I am sad?  Because so much sadness is going on in this world today, and I can no longer pretend to be happy when I am not.

I am sad and will always be, for those lost in another useless war and the veterans who come home, maimed, and missing their family, children they never saw, and all they held dear, to defend a country, who like all the others in this world, faces continuous disagreements resulting in a continuous war. I once thought World War II was the last war, but I was wrong. 

I am sad for those who live in a never- ending poverty…children starving…facing one epidemic after another, with little or no relief in sight.

I am sad that all people are not born equal, and that religion, race, and nation, have a bearing on how they are treated.

I am sad for all of us who have lost loved ones, through sickness, war, pandemic, or tragedy, never to see or speak to their loved one again.

I am sad when I read of Americans, young and old,  hurting other Americans, without just cause.

My tears flow for all of them, myself included.

. I have kept my faith through the years while Americans damage the very towns they live in; where politicians are more interested in winning, than helping their country grow; where rules are broken, and veterans mistreated during a pandemic and the elderly considered useless.

Yes, we donate; we help as best we can thru wonderful companies who take responsibility for us humans in need, but more must be done. WE ARE AMERICANS!  WE LOVE OUR COUNTRY, ALL OF IT, AND IT’S PEOPLE WHO FOUGHT AND STILL FIGHT TO PROTECT ITS BELIEFS.

IT’S TIME TO STAND UP AMERICA—STOP THE PROTESTS-—WORK TOGETHER TO CREATE A SOLUTION,

THERE IS NO YOU, OR ME— THERE IS US!  WE THE PEOPLE!

PAULA