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Show Me the Irony (Day 25)

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I’m on your blog, reading, digging, and I’m hunting for something special. It is possible, that I would love a writer to tackle a particular topic in order to round out my list. I am certainly looking for fantastic writing, and savvy marketers, but more than all of these things:

I am looking for irony.

Irony is a figure of speech in which words are used in such a way that their intended meaning is different from the actual meaning of the words. It may also be a situation that may end up in quite a different way than what is generally anticipated. In simple words, it is a difference between the appearance and the reality.”

I want to know how the things you say, the lessons you’ve learned, the things you display on the page would work together in order to bring irony to the reader. I want to see how you can build a story in a way, that the lesson I think might be coming, is unique and ironic enough that when I close the book I say, “Wow, how did they string that together?” Readers love and need irony. I’m looking for the beautiful DIY blogger whose online home is perfect. But, yet, her personal, real-life home is a mess. I’m looking for writers that know how to put irony on the page.

When you set up your online home, if you have irony in your story, display it somehow. If the reality of your life and the message of your book are filled with nuggets of truth that are clear to the audience, but unknown to the characters, then you are on a good path.

Flip over the back of any good book jacket. You will find irony there. Or you should. Irony is an art. Master it.

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Be Persistent with Reminders
(Day 24)

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The reality for most agents, is that we’re extremely busy and we don’t have assistants to help us sift through our work. I can dole out many tasks, but nobody can review manuscripts for me. I can’t afford that, and honestly, I don’t trust anyone to do that type of work for me. So, I need you to be persistent with my inbox. No, I don’t want anyone to harass me, but if you are waiting on me, and I haven’t responded, please be persistent in reminding me that you are in my stack.

I hope that doesn’t anger anyone to hear that I need that kind of reminding, but I just do. If you will send me a “just checking in, I’ve submitted X manuscript to you” about every 60-90 days, then that is what I want. Agents have to be this way to publishers, and so these “kind reminders” are really a part of the business. I’m not offended by your checking in, it helps me to keep people in line mentally and helps me keep my calendar going. If you are looking for an agent, and specifically have been waiting a long time, don’t be afraid to be persistent and remind them of who you are and what you’ve submitted.

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“Fixer Upper” Your Email if You Want to Snag an Agent (Day 23)

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I’m sitting behind my computer, sweet tea glass filled to the brim, Fixer Upper playing quietly on the TV. And I’m scouting writers. I go to the Declare Conference site and I check out the list of speakers. So many awesome speakers. Four have representation, too bad for me. But, behold…I hop through a few places and am delighted to find some gems. I find one talented gal and hop to her blog, then I see her “BLOGS I LOVE” list and I fall down Alice’s rabbit hole—clicking through blogger lives at lightning speed. Before long I’ve been scouting for hours, I’ve sucked my sweet tea dry, effectively wired my body so that I won’t sleep until 3am, and I’ve watched not one, but five, Fixer-Upper re-runs.

I’m camped on a great blog and I’m wondering two things: When in the world is the new season of Fixer Upper coming on, and should I contact this gem of a writer? I have no clue about Fixer Upper, but I decide to shoot this blogger an email. I’m interested. She’s an awesome writer. And she loves essential oils and says things like ‘y’all’ and I’m feeling all Anne of Green Gables about her.

So, I click Contact Me.

And she has a form.

Oh bother. Forms…I so hate forms. I need her email address. But she doesn’t have one, and did I mention that I hate forms? I decide that I will have to greatly dislike the form, but fill it out anyway, and then I see all the required fields.

Are you contacting her for a Speaking engagement? Well, uh no. 

What church do you go to? Umm…my mother told me not to talk to strangers?

In 100 words, please best describe the event you want to book her at? Shoot. 

And then I’m gone. I can’t fill out her form. And she won’t give me her email. And I know why she does this, but it’s not helping her cause in getting an agent. Maybe she doesn’t want an agent. Maybe she’s never even considered writing a book. But, I know this: we will never know. Because I am blocked. Her form is restrictive. And she didn’t list her email. And it’s very possible, that she is on the phone right then pouring her heart out to her writing partner about how disappointed she is that she can’t get an agent. She can’t get an agent, because I can’t get an email, and we are two ships passing in the publishing night and now we all need more sweet tea and more cowbell.

Please “fixer upper” your email.

Please list it above your contact form. Please let me know when Fixer Upper is coming back on so I can DVR it and tell my husband things like, “You look like Chip, it’s so weird that there are two of you in this world. These things are important.

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