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Nancy Grillo

I have been looking for a good fictional book to read this summer and I thank you for the tempting review! Sounds like my kind of book.

Valorie Grace Hallinan

This is a fascinating post. I will have to take a look at Erdrich's work, I haven't yet read her books. It is fascinating to wonder about fiction and where it comes from in terms of the author's "real" life.


I can still remember being mesmerized by "Love Medicine" so many years ago -- I will definitely check this new novel out. Did you know that they had adopted a son who had very severe Fetal Alcohol Syndrome? Dorris wrote a book about him that was amazing --


Yes. [This is an example of saiyng a lot with less. Well, not this part. This part is practically unnecessary, apart from the limited appeal it might bring to those hoping for something approximating "humor" in my response to your original comment. And did you see what I did there? I put "humor" in quotes. Not because it needs them, but because doing so affords me the opportunity to illustrate just how annoying it can be when you put "quotes" around words. It's "almost" as annoying as abusing adverbs. See? I did it "again." Wait, what was your comment?]


Wow You know those pieces of wrtniig that grab you from the first phrase and don't let go, twisting up your emotions and taking you on a ride?This is one of those. It took my breath away, brought me to tears It's amazing, thank you.


Hi Jackie, An agent is there to sell manuscripts to puhrisbels. If you've already published your manuscript, then there's not a lot an agent can do. It should really be the publisher's job to promote your work to retailers but of course very few self-pub companies do a meaningful job on that front. Really, if you want to succeed, you need to do as follows. (A) write a wonderful book. (B) get a literary agent to take you on. (C) Let the agent sell your stuff to puhrisbels. If you have a problem with step (B), that's almost certainly because you haven't yet done a good enough job on Step (A) in which case, you should send us over your manuscript and get advice directly on how to improve your work. We'd be happy to help.

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