"Fiction is the purest art. Commercial fiction is the butter, the darkest chocolate, and the finest malt. That's why we are so addicted to it."--Angie Brooksby-Arcangioli
I'm guessing that I'm one of your many RSS readers. I found your blog through Google Reader and found your query letter reviews over the holiday break to be a wonderful asset.
I write, and am constantly on the search to hone my craft, therefore, I go to those whom hold the keys. :)I read those who have found success, and try to learn from them. I find your blog very useful. So thank you.
Can't pick more than one? Fine. I wanted to mark #1 AND #2 but settled on #1. In case you were wildly curious or something.
what? "I just like to stalk people" isn't an option?
I'm just a writer on a journey to a place of representation and publication. I'm honing my craft, dealing with rejection, finding acceptance and growing in endurance.I get a lot out of your blog, and have been a fan for a while now. Thank you!
I'm e-pubbed and have enjoyed your blog for a long time. Who knows, maybe someday I'll write something you represent!
I choose number one, but there's lots of places to get publishing info. I read your blog because I like your voice and I like you - at least your cyber persona. ;)
I voted for the first one, but I'm really more of a writer following the publishing industry while I work my way toward query letters. I read quite a few agent blogs, most of them for people I will never query because they don't represent my genre. I like the way they (and you) write.
I have you on my Google reader and could probably just read your blog that way, but end up clicking over here 90% of the time anyway. Me? Writer/queried Joanna with my last project/and I agree, she's amazing/ hope to query her with my next YA novel in a few weeks
Alice Pope gave a talk at the Writer's Digest Editor's Intensive a short time ago on the importance of blogging, and the value of twitter to an aspiring writer. After that talk, I was directed to your blog by one of the attendees.I'm quite pleased that I took her advice. Blogs have given me insight into this industry, over what retreats and conferences have already provided.Janet, thanks for your time. Your lessons and knowledge reach a lot of people.
How about "I'm a published writer sitting at my desk procrastinating by reading about the business."
Or 'you make me smile'?
I write middle grade and read your blog on JacketFlap.
I started coming here after following Query Shark for awhile. I don't write mysteries and you don't appear to represent comic urban fantasies or spec fiction, but your blog isn't heavily biased toward just one genre, so I find it interesting and helpful.
I also came here after reading Query Shark for a while. However, when I saw your post announcing that you liked my "Vile Pun" winner in the 2008 Bulwer-Lytton contest, I became a DEVOTEDreader.
It's a mystery - a vile black tale of neuropathological abduction and pirating of a unctuous soul - as to why I'm here!(Actually, I was looking for another Miss Snark to play with)!Haste yee back ;-)
I voted for #1 but wanted to add #2 as well. I also like reading your blog for the posts that aren't about the business even though that's what lured me here in the beginning.
I attended your master class at Surrey, and loved it (including my A+ - have I mentioned that before?). I'd read your blog a few times before then, but after that I became a devoted reader.Thanks, Janet!
Ooooh! I like the procrastinating option. Miss Snark was the first writing blog I came across. After I went through her archives, I started looking for other blogs to read. This was one of those blogs. As much as I appreciate the information, I mainly read it because I like your writing.Rants are some of my favorite entries, in that small souled so-glad-it-wasn't-me way. I also like the links to other blogs.
You're the best substitute for Miss Snark I've found. :o)
I am here because I have a blog (that is a memoir) that I think is hilarious. I want people to see it. I am a NYC retired teacher/stand-up comic. The blog with the memoir is: "marjorie-pentimentos."I also enjoy reading your entries. Yes, it's "time to move into the millennium"... that's why I am considering self-publishing my blog/memoir.
I am a writer, moderately clue-endowed (thanks to Miss Snark), and I mostly just find you enormously entertaining. (Both on the blog and at SiWC.)
I'm with Rachael: "I'm a published writer sitting at my desk procrastinating by reading about the business."Thanks.JJ
I am looking for information, sure, and am looking for representation. But that doesn't say yeah, but why HERE? Which is why I went with "none of these but still here." The viewpoint here is edgy but amiable, and JR (IMO) doesn't post on uninteresting topics, and she doesn't mince words. I suspect, having found it for reason #1, now I'd come by anyhow.And oh yeah, the NYC-ophilia helps!
I'm a writer who will have my urban fantasy finished and in submission by June. I started reading this blog after you posted an entry about having another book in the works while submitting the previous one (which I plan to do :))
Just a writer lost in the blogsphere! I follow the blog because it's interesting, a little bit quirky at times, fun, and full of useful information.
I voted No. 1, but I really keep coming back because like your writing voice, and your posts are always entertaining.
I also voted number one, but wish it could be number two. But alas, you don't represent SF&F. Even so, your posts are entertaining and informative.
I clicked looking for info about you and Find Print but thats only what brought me here in the first place. I keep coming back for information about Publishing.
I also have another reason for being here. (My meds just kicked in and I have this idea for a book).TEACHING YOUR AGENT TO SIT AND FETCH - No choke collar required!I figure, if it'll work on Miss Janet. It'll work on any agent from NY City to... well, Bee Sting, Arkansas!Haste yee back ;-)
I come to this blog because you're entertaining and a great resource for me. I'm another one of those author-type, seeking representation. I think you know the kind. :)
I am a YA author looking for all different perspectives in the writing market.ManiacScribbler =^..^=
Well, I started reading as a writer looking for an agent, and now I have an agent, but old habits die hard.... so I still read you and Kristin and Nathan and Colleen and everybody. Because yer awesome.
I'm a writer and I found you when I began looking for an agent. After I realized you prefer mysteries to historical romance, it was too late. I was thoroughly addicted.
Another procrastinating writer. Hmm. Maybe we should start poking each other with sharp sticks so we can get some work done?
Poke me now, Pepper! I'm a new author, and my memoir will be published in March. Facebook usually comes in a close second to your blog when I'm in desperate need of a diversion. Thanks for the sparkle in an otherwise mundane day!
Nice to know I'm in the majority. Besides being helpful, your blog is also entertaining.
I'm an aspiring writer. I found you last summer when I began researching agents to query. Turns out, you don't represent my genre (darn it all!) but you DO represent all things agent-y. I've learned a great deal from you. So...thanks.
I am one of those who found this blog through Miss Snark withdrawal. I read it because it's informative, entertaining, and a good way to avoid actually writing. ;)
Writers do not procrastinate -- it's called 'letting the ideas percolate at the back of one's mind'. I keep telling myself that.
I feel I know you. I like the idea that my manuscript is only a click away from you. When I publish this year (confidence is high), there will be a tribute to you on the 'Acknowledgements' page, because you are just so darned down-to-earth, like an old friend.
Like a lot of the other folks, I'm a writer what loves your voice, as well as finding the info you dispense very useful.
Been following your blog for a while now, I can't help myself. I write women's fiction leaning toward the humorous side, so I can't query you (darn it), but I have learned so much from hanging out here. Like the others have commented, you have a quirky fun voice, and I'm always drawn to that. It's how I write and it sucks me in. It's always interesting!
Alight, so here's the thing:I'm a writer, and I started reading here for the information about publishing.HOWEVER, now I'm here just because it's bloody entertaining.Thanks, Janet.
Voted for number one. I don't write in the genres you represent(or haven't yet), but I do like to read them. So your blog does double duty for me: I get insights from someone in the industry, and a heads up on books I might like to read.Win-win!
I've been in publishing 25 years, the first 11 years as an in-house production editor and the last 14 as a freelance copyeditor. I will love the book biz (in whatever form it takes) for the rest of this life and on into my next several lives. ;-)
And this is why I love this blog . . ."Remind me to never ever try to be nice to anyone ever again."A quote out of one of your more recent post.
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