Sunday, August 28, 2005


Good Words for Writers - ENewsBlog

Good Words for Writers - ENewsBlog

I have been playing around with some new blog scenes. I started this one for a focal point on blog feeds. I will comment ocasionally like I did on August 28. It has been getting some hits.

I am shifting to Yahoo 360 for a place with more security on who can read. It is in beta but looks good so far. It may also be a place for more general use but that remains to be seen.

Friday, August 26, 2005


Writer's Blog: to Sell Short Stories

Writer's Blog: to Sell Short Stories

Friday, August 12, 2005 in TIME Magazine - - Rolf Potts in TIME Magazine - - Rolf Potts

Big Time score. Congrats. They make good choices.

I added a Vagablogging link to Stuff to know about

Take a look at Dadburn County Barn Sculpture while your at it.

Friday, August 05, 2005


Re: Sarah Jane agent notes?

No problem. I can set it to give an email heads up so
that you do not have to check unnecessarily.

Since it is private, you cannot link to it. but feel
to copy from it and use as you see fit.

Nice pics on the blog. Thanks

You can post to the blog by email

Better yet search for BlogThis on the blogger site and
install on your menu bar. Than enables publishing to
the blog with one click and it saves the website that
you are on at the moment. A real time saver and
excellent online note taker that works for any
*.blogspot account you have.


--- wrote:

> I'm in and blogged. Not sure how much time I'll
> have to check into that
> blog in coming weeks, but I'll try!
> r
> > Today is the first day back in our house. Our dog,
> > Nickel is happy. Carol is working on your request
> and
> > I am writing a story on the July experience.
> >
> > I am sending you a invitation to Join the private
> > blog.
> >
> > If you have a blogger account no problem just
> respond
> > to the email and you're in, if not just follow the
> > steps, it is straight forward.
> >
> > See you on the blog. Carol will deliver later
> today.
> > If you want to be emailed of new posts just ask.
> >
> > BA
> >
> > --- wrote:
> >
> >> Howdy,
> >>
> >> I hope you guys are doing well. I'm back in
> Kansas
> >> and just now getting
> >> over the exhaustion of a month of teaching. My
> >> thoughts of story
> >> structure and metaphors are now giving way to
> >> drywall and primer. Hope to
> >> blog some more PAA pictures soon, though.
> >>
> >> For now: Carol, do you have the summary of the
> talk
> >> that my agent, Sarah
> >> Jane, gave in the garden? If so, I'd appreciate
> it
> >> if you passed those
> >> along to me. I'd love to blog them before the
> >> memory of her visit gets
> >> too old...
> >>
> >> Best,
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> r
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> ____________________________________________________
> > Start your day with Yahoo! - make it your home
> page
> >
> >
> >

Start your day with Yahoo! - make it your home page

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Fredricks Communications: I Give You My Words

Fredricks Communications: I Give You My Words

Rolf, advice from agents is good and necessary. The need for a business plan, whoever you are and whatever you do, is essential. Read what Red Fredricks has to say about creating a vision in the August 2005 Red Letter. Link to from your blog if you like.

The preceding announcement brought to you by Brigid the Blog Poetry Muse. She is some kind of sister too/ check her out.


Sarah Jane Feyerman, 20 July 2005---Notes

Hi, Rolf,
Thanks for your patience with me getting Sarah’s notes to you. Glad to hear you are back at your farm and enjoying it. We have a few emails from the group so don’t feel completely cut off.


Sarah Jane Feyerman 20 July 2005

Rush in where fools fear to tread--then find out the details.

The publishing field is very tight right now because of the consolidation of publishing companys.
We are marketing “art” but still must compete with video games etc.

Agents don’t get paid until the book is sold, then 15% of book sales. Having a reputable, committed agent is paramount. Collaborative spirit very important.

Write with passion, heart, what you know, but more important write from what you discover.
Then pull it all apart so the agent can help position it for the market place. This is painful and terrible.

Writers are happy in their work. Writing is self-rewarding. If the author and agent have done their work, good chance of getting the work published.

1. Pitch letter. Stunning. One page. Who you are, why you are writing, how to market your book. Write a straightforward beautifully crafted letter. Intrigue me. Make my imagination work. Send to 25 or so agents. Call agent by name, not “Dear Sirs”
Novel- submit entire novel.
Short stories-submit 2/3 of stories
Non-fiction-sent 3 chapters and a proposal. (this can be done by a professional)

Overview should read like a brilliant NYT book review. 40-50 pages too much. Tell about author, how this can be marketed, who where you come from. Explain why your book is better than comparative book on the market.

The more well known, the shorter the bio, and the quality of writing is more important.

Don’t try to get agent over the internet. Send to several agents. See similar books in the library, check the acknowledgements and send to the same agent, editor etc.

Every book needs to transcend the experience. It’s always about the story. Use your wonderful trip to tell a bigger, beautiful story.

Poetry is the only genre that gets published first.

Read your contract very carefully. Most contracts have an “out.” Don’t ever pay a reading fee.

Dip into different worlds. In Seattle I went to a wolf sanctuary. Don’t write to a market-boring. Inspire your agent. Make the agent feel as if he/she is contributing to the world by publishing your work.

Editors want to deal with agents, not authors. Publishing is a New York thing.

Thirty percent of authors who have never had a book published get published. When not inspired, that is where the best work gets done.

Travel account is not a story. Don’t let the truth trap you. Stretch the truth to say something true. Titles are not casual.


Welcom to Rolf Potts

Just to let you know this is not a joke or a lame excuse for not using email.

Hellow from Volga, SD. Hope the construction project is going well (heh, heh).

Later. AB

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