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  • 10:58 Returning after the long weekend to find less new queries than I feared, but more reading piling up. #
  • 10:59 That’s what I get for rewarding myself for finishing a full on the holiday by starting an actual book. #
  • 11:00 It actually felt weird to be reading a published novel, which was disturbing. #
  • 11:20 A fine rant by @RachelleGardner "about writers who blame agents for all their publishing frustrations:" is.gd/57Uze #
  • 11:50 A slightly-belated link to a great piece about slush by The Rejectionist: is.gd/57Wph #
  • 14:30 Whether you’ve got an agent or not, read this comment by @ColleenLindsay on @RachelleGardner’s post: is.gd/5867l #
  • 20:22 No matter how many times defenders of Harlequin’s "Dellarte Press" call it self-publishing, it’s still a vanity press. #

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30 November 2009 at 11:55 pm

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  • 10:48 It’s the last day of work until next week….except for the reading I’ll be doing over the long holiday weekend. #
  • 11:08 RT @victoriastrauss: New UK bill re copyright collecting societies may have unexpected impact on authors’ agents tinyurl.com/ycxfplz #
  • 13:18 There’s politely asking an agent for an update on the status of your ms. (which is fine), and then there’s nagging. #

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24 November 2009 at 11:55 pm

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  • 11:51 How much will I get done today and tomorrow, so my post-holiday pile won’t be ridiculously huge? The answer is: not enough. #
  • 11:53 Sending your query over the long holiday weekend will not endear you to me. #
  • 11:55 To deal with the post-holiday pile, I’ll likely end up spending less time per query. I’m not the only one who does this. #
  • 12:35 .@amydezellar Querying in December is fine (assuming agency you’re targeting hasn’t closed queries), just cut some slack on response times. #
  • 12:42 @amydezellar Thanks! #
  • 12:57 Dear Twitter: This bug that causes some people who aren’t in any way spammers to not show up on searches? Please actually fix it. #
  • 13:12 .@CPatrickSchulze In general, there aren’t best and worst times to query. #
  • 13:14 .@CPatrickSchulze Having said that, agents don’t want giant piles of work after holidays/vacations/conferences any more than anyone else. #
  • 16:50 Best. New Moon. Review. Ever. is.gd/526K2 #
  • 17:18 An interesting take (if one I disagree with) by @JaneFriedman on Harlequin’s vanity publishing venture bit.ly/5hB8qW #
  • 22:09 *facepalm* RT @victoriastrauss: I love RWA for its stance on Harlequin Horizons, but this…not so much tinyurl.com/yz8vhf2 #rwafail #

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23 November 2009 at 11:55 pm

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  • 22:54 From the wonderful Small Beer Press, it’s Small Beer Press … Horizons! is.gd/51skG So funny! #

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22 November 2009 at 11:55 pm

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  • 10:20 Does Harlequin really think changing the name of their vanity press is going to satisfy RWA, MWA, SFWA or any other critic? #
  • 11:14 If your query is 3/4 about you and only 1/4 about your novel, you’re doing it wrong. #pubtip #
  • 11:35 Writer and internet sensation John Scalzi (aka @scalzi) has a great post about Harlequin Horizons: is.gd/4ZJlC #
  • 11:51 Okay, one more on Harlequin Horizons: An excellent post by writer Jackie Kessler (aka @jackiekessler) – is.gd/4ZK29 #
  • 13:50 Thanks for the #FollowFriday mentions @cfgillis2 @writerdiehl @MireyahWolfe and @6gMom #FF #
  • 15:32 RT @arcaedia: new query wars post: bit.ly/7HEhVi – HQ Horizons, self vs vanity pubs and how they relate to queries #
  • 16:05 RT @ColleenLindsay: When an agent or editor asks for a full manuscript, they don’t want separate Word docs for each chapter. #pubtips #
  • 17:24 @RachelleGardner Thanks for giving us the heads up so we didn’t wonder where you were and worry. #

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20 November 2009 at 11:55 pm

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  • 10:54 RT @Kid_Lit: Queries read so far today: 14. Samples starting w/ character waking up in morning: 5. Don’t do this. Seriously. Don’t. #
  • 11:01 Apparently the notes I made on this full aren’t going to just translate themselves into a form that will make sense to others. #
  • 11:14 RT @Jess_Wade: Starting book when the character wakes up reminds me of other peeve, when protag is… a novelist! With FEW exceptions, bad. #
  • 11:15 RT @kate_mckean: No starting with waking up, yes! But also, no starting with smelling/drinking/making coffee either. So cliche. #
  • 11:17 RT @Ginger_Clark: Only way you can start book with character waking up is how lead in #sandmanslim wakes up: ascending from hell and on fire #
  • 11:20 Yes, starting with the character waking up can work if you’re doing something especially interesting with it. Most rules have exceptions. #
  • 11:20 And yes, I know the fact that there are exceptions makes the whole thing frustrating sometimes. #
  • 11:24 .@alcanlin It depends. If they’re going to sleep thinking about things as a device for the writer to convey background, usually yes. #
  • 11:36 .@alcanlin Much of the time, starting with a dream is just like starting with waking up, only set a few minutes sooner. #
  • 11:37 Stupid twitter. I’m supposed to be working! #

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19 November 2009 at 11:55 pm

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  • 10:16 AuthorHouse vanity publishing+Harlequin brand = Harlequin Horizons. Part where HH implies they might tradpub your book is added #ethicsfail #
  • 10:18 First Thomas Nelson (WestBow) and now Harlequin get on the pub for cash bandwagon, and make it worse with use of their brands. #
  • 10:19 Now writers will explain that they’ve been published by Harlequin, when what they really mean is they paid money to get printed. #
  • 10:24 Self-publishing may be the right path for some writers, but it’s not the same as being traditionally published, so go in with eyes open. #
  • 11:39 @EvaUlian If you want to pay them $600+ so you can pretend it’s the same as getting a book published in one of their real lines, go nuts. #
  • 11:41 @EvaUlian What I object to is their bait of "maybe possibly we’ll pick up your book" as a way to get that $600+. #
  • 11:50 Here’s @hprw with more thoughts on Harlequin Horizons: is.gd/4Y5xr #
  • 13:36 Preditors & Editors now calls Harlequin Enterprises a "vanity publisher" because of Harlequin Horizons: is.gd/4Yadu #
  • 13:38 Harlequin Horizons discussion on Absolute Write forums: is.gd/4Yahb #
  • 13:39 And I will now shut the heck up about Harlequin Horizons and try to get actual work done. #
  • 13:46 @Janet_Reid I expect they’ll end up separating HH into its own listing if/when the the P&E crew become less peeved. #
  • 14:09 Thanks for the great link! RT @arcaedia: If you are tracking more Harlequin Horizons discussions @agentgame, try bit.ly/1K6uVO #
  • 15:04 RT @victoriastrauss: Harlequin Horizons: major publisher adds self-publishing division. New post at Writer Beware tinyurl.com/y8tskvn #

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18 November 2009 at 11:55 pm

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