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I had a very nice agent decline my book this past week...Not too long actually after the other very nice agent requested the 1st 3 chapters.  The declining agent gave me some very valuable advice:  Reduce my word count to make the package seem less overwhelming and more marketable to an agent.  Yeah, I get that...A shorter book is cheaper to put out, so I got busy on that this week to see what I could do without compromising my message and downgrading my characters to less dynamic people.  

REUNIONS went on a diet and lost 10,000 words / 30 pages!

I think it’s better-n-ever, actually!  That agent might be an angel in disguise.  Hopefully, the 1st 3 chapters were spiffy and impressive enough for the other agent anyway.  Most of the make over happened in the middle of the story anyway, although the first three were also tweaked some. They were pretty awesome to start with.  In fact, the 1st 50 pages rock, IMHO, which is what the agencies and publishers preach.  My chapter technically cuts off at page 48, but that’s probably OK.  

In the meantime, I plug on.  I plan to get back on Querytracker and plow further down the list of agents and agencies listed.  They have 500....5 freekin’ hundred!!!!  That’s a big project, but once I get a hit, and they actually want me, I’m in!  Pretty simple plan in that way.


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