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Her Name is Ed Wilson

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From an atom to an “event horizon.”

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Gerald Posner, former Chief Investigative Reporter of The Daily Beast.

Naughty Naughty Posner…

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As a new writer you want to leave your mark. You want to make noise, create a stir, cause waves. But what if it backfires?

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The submission period for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest officially ended yesterday night at 11:59pm. This means from now until February 25th the pitch portion of our submission will be examined, prodded, and scrutinized until they have the 500 they want to move to the next round. Will I move to the next round? Only Slusho knows. I do know I did what I could with what I know. Part of that means I had to embrace the fact that I’m green, an amateur. Another part of that meant taking a chance with nothing to lose.

Ignoring that horrible Clint Eastwood impression I attempted just above, we shall see.

If you’re curious (or not ) about my pitch I’ll post it below.

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I was just checking my e-mail to see if I heard back from any more of the agents I queried and I got another rejection letter, however despite not having been chosen, it was still very encouraging.  Because the personalized rejection letter is almost as rare as the chupacabra, I thought I’d share my teeny bit of happiness with you all. I’ve left the agent and the agency out of the quote.

Dear Ms. Wilson,

Thanks so much for sending me your query–NO GODS FOR ARTHROPODS is a very cool title. I also liked the premise a lot, but I don’t feel after having read the opening pages that I have a good idea of how I would sell this. I’m sorry that that’s kind of a lame response, since this is does have potential, but I’m sure another agent will be able to see how to make it work. So I will step aside and say good luck and thank you for the opportunity.

Best regards,

And there you have it.

UPDATE

In other good news, JABerwocky Literary Agency is accepting queries again!!! For those of you who don’t know. They are essentially my dream agency. So, If I do get rejected. That’s certainly going to be one to frame.

-e.d.w.

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