The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 8/8/14

Aug 8, 2014 | Better Writing

You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to one or two pieces that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. This week I’m pointing you to pieces on finding an agent and dealing with rejection.

From Daniel Decker: How to Find a Literary Agent to Represent You (And Not Get Rejected)

“If you are an author looking to get published traditionally, you will most likely need a literary agent to represent you.”

Wally’s Comment: If you want to have a traditional publisher handle your book, you will probably need an agent. Daniel Decker lays out some of the basics you should know.

From Ellen Meister: Dorothy Parker: Missed Deadlines, Unfulfilled Contracts and Wrong Words

“Have you ever had to tell an editor you wouldn’t be meeting your deadline? That’s an uncomfortable conversation for any writer. But for Dorothy Parker—one of America’s greatest literary wits—it was so excruciating she simply couldn’t face it, and the consequences were nearly devastating.”

Wally’s Comment: I chose this delightful piece because many of the people I deal with see “writers” as superhuman creatures. Nope. They’re human like the rest of us. Even great ones, and Dorothy Parkers was one of those, have their weaknesses and foibles. Enjoy the post. Revel in your own humanity.

Sources I Check Regularly

I find the posts and articles that I share with you on The Writer’s Edge in many places. But there are a few that provide insightful pieces again and again. Here they are.

The CopyBlogger Blog


Digital Book World

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence