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  • 11:30 Amazed at # of queries this week that have almost same plot as recent bestsellers, with only small changes to names and settings. #
  • 12:32 @SunnySoCal In broad terms, you can’t copyright an idea, just a particular expression of that idea. So it’s usually legal. #
  • 12:35 @NancySWest That’s a pretty good way of putting it. #
  • 12:40 It depends on the extent of the changes. Search and replace? No. Same central plot, same themes, same basic protags? It depends. #
  • 12:41 RT @Ginger_Clark: Authors: don’t query me via Twitter. #pubtip | *facepalm* #
  • 12:44 @lights_aurora Yikes! I hadn’t seen that one yet, so thanks. I think the blog post in question is here: is.gd/3OZZd #
  • 15:44 RT @doctorow: It’s easier to write a novel every year than one every decade. Daily practice makes all the difference. #

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30 September 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 11:06 Get someone else to proofread your query before you send it out. Please. #pubtip #
  • 14:03 RT @literaticat: Hey authors: When in doubt, cc your agent! | Definitely. #
  • 23:37 RT @RachelleGardner: One of the hardest things about being an agent is that I can rarely explain exactly what makes me LOVE a book. Or not. #

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29 September 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 11:11 No, I am not a free query critique service. #pubtip #
  • 11:28 RT @arcaedia: Still not opening unsolicited attachments. Still not king. #

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28 September 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 11:18 @BookEndsJessica I hope you’re able to get lots of non-query things done with the rest of the year! #

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26 September 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 10:20 RT @Janet_Reid: If you *tell* me how fabulous your novel is, you’re *showing* me you can’t write very well. Get it? | Spot on. #
  • 11:40 @NepheleTempest If it’s actual Outlook (not Outlook Express), you can probably just move your .pst files. is.gd/3Fjf2 #
  • 12:51 In most cases, starting off your novel with a lot of exposition is unlikely to make me want to read further. #pubtip #
  • 14:38 RT @dianagill: The emotional connection is why editorial tastes vary, and why we’re not lying with "I didn’t fall in love w/ it." #pubtips #
  • 15:07 RT @dianagill: We can tell when authors aren’t excited by their work–if they’re jumping on trend and don’t have passion? It shows #pubtips #

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25 September 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 10:49 Why does reading some of the comments on agent blogs so often remind me why I usually don’t read comments on agent blogs? #
  • 10:55 Resending your query halfway through the agent’s posted response time isn’t at all helpful to either you or the agent. #pubtip #
  • 11:00 @Janet_Reid Most often it’s the small percentage of commenters who seem convinced that literary agents are the enemies of writers and art. #
  • 11:06 @Janet_Reid Cleansing with fire does make a difference! #
  • 11:08 Wait, the mad querier has written a second manuscript?! Unpossible! Though I guess it explains why he took a few days off. #

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24 September 2009 at 10:55 pm

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  • 11:11 @BookEndsJessica What a cheap shot that was, to both you and your clients. #

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23 September 2009 at 10:55 pm

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