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I am a writer of novels, short stories, poems, flash fiction and I read on average around 50 books a year and review those books on Goodreads. In 2015, I read 67 books which has to be my book reading record. You never know how much you read till there is a counter recording your reading habits!

In 2017, I am continuing my quest to find the perfect literary agent for my Middle Grade-YA manuscript. Other writers warned me of the perils along the journey towards finding an agent or taking the self publishing route. Last year, I did get disheartened with the lack of response from literary agents. I even got a book deal, but upon investigation they turned out to be a vanity publisher on an Internet blacklist. I’ve had a gap of almost eight months now. It’s time to revisit and update the agent spreadsheet and see who is out there this year who might be a match. Wish me luck!

Tania

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  1. Glad to meet and follow you Tania. Like you I’m an unpublished writer who’s been doing pretty much the same thing. Got 2 blogs, one where I talk about my effort and what I’ve learned about writing and trying to be published, the other is for works I’ve finished or are in progress. I’ll be looking forward to reading your insights and efforts. Have a great day.

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  2. Hi Tania ~ Welcome to the blogosphere. I am also a writer and am about to publish my first novel–very excited! I’m looking forward to reading your work. ~ Peggy

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  3. I started blogging recently too. You have to keep at it — tough but possible. In my posts I ponder things related to MONSTERS, to generate interest in my series of ebooks entitled Candy’s Monsters. I suggest you pick some specific topics, maybe even a series of topics so that there’s a thread running through your blog posts. It’s not like you have to be rigid, but some kind of consistent subject choices help garner interest from readers. So post a series of short stories with something that ties them together.

    Just a thought. I’m still on this learning curve, too.
    Candy

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  4. Hi Tania,

    I’ve published three fantasy novels to date and always have something else in the works. Unfortunately, there are never enough hours in a day for everything I want to do. I keep up with two blogs (one on writing and one on family stories, my cats and daily life) as well as FB, Twitter and Linked In and do freelance writing on the side to help pay the bills.

    I wish you lots of luck and remember to never give up and always follow your dreams, even when life gets in the way now and then.

    Sunni

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  5. Hi Tania,
    I like your Blog. Very well organized. I like how you added a separate page for each type of writing you do. I might try something similar. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I just learned about flash fiction from Madison Woods Friday Fictioneers, here on WordPress. Here is a link to my latest entry, in case you are interested.

    http://ebooksscifi.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/youth-adrift-by-ilyan-kei-lavanway-for-madison-woods-friday-fictioneers-100-word-flash-fiction

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  6. Good luck! I’ve made tons of blog friends and gotten off the wall visits based on Google searches, but so far no agent or publisher attention. It’s a nice dream though. I’ve been blogging for nearly 3 years and currently have 5 blogs on varying topics.

    Lee
    A Faraway View

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  7. Hi Tania, I’m also an unpublished author. Welcome to the “club”. I also blog in the hopes of honing my skills. Stay on track, and follow your dream. Perhaps one of these days, your blog will be read by an agent or publisher. Who knows. Blessings. Believe in your self.

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  8. Keep at it, Tania! The best thing is to finish those novels and get them in front of people. That’s a lot out there for writers–including self-pub.
    For romance writers–my editor is always looking for submissions at crimsonromance.com and I’m always happy to help other authors however I can, check my blog: denysecohen.com
    Best of luck,
    Denyse

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  9. Hi Tania, I saw your post on LinkedIn and decided to check out your blog. I loved your story Electric Blue. Very original, I thought. Have you submitted your stories to any online magazines? You should. I’m a writer too. I also work full time so scheduling can be difficult, but I am lucky to be able to write whenever my work is done. I’ve had three children’s stories published by online magazines and sometime this month I’ll have my first adult story published. So the markets are out there, you just need to find them. It takes time though, so good luck. I think your writing has what it takes to succeed.

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  10. That’s a really sweet message Donna. I’m glad you liked Electric Blue. I’m not Catholic, so it was an interesting challenge to develop the mind set of Sister Hilda and I worried dabout how authentic sounding she was. I hope there are no nuns out there like her! Congratulations on getting your work published. I haven’t tried on-line magazines. Can you recommend some that might be interested in my stories, esecially flash fiction? Do they pay for your work?

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  11. Three of the online magazines were for children. Knowonder.com now pays. They have different amounts for different stories. They didn’t when they published my story. Another magazine that published one of my children’s stories is bumples.com. The do not pay and storiesthatlift.com pays $5.00 per story. A flash fiction magazine, I have sent stories to but they’ve never published any is Every Day Fiction. They just raised the amount they pay their writers. Their stories are 1,000 words. The one adult story that will be published the end of June is thepinkchaeleon.com. She does not pay either. I wish they all did, but I like the fact someone likes my stories enough to want to publish them. I can then call myself a published author and at least I have something I can put in my cover and query letters. I hope this helps.

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  12. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website.
    I am hoping to check out the same high-grade blog posts from you later on as well.
    In fact, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal
    website now 😉

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  13. Hello
    I posted my blog on our reading group on linkedin and you posted right above me. I read your post on flash fiction. I didn’t know the definition before. Your story made me wonder about more specifics. Good job 🙂

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