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Welcome to The Raucous Writer

Observations and musings about stuff by the founder and creator of the #ASAWL movement and ASAWL.com website

 

May 9, 2018

A member of the literary community recently told me that concepts similar to the Authors Seeking Agents Wish List website launched but ultimately failed. 

I wasn't familiar with any of the names provided, but did research the sites for learning purposes.  In case you we...

May 5, 2018

I've been saying the query process is ineffective, broken, and outdated.  Today I received a tweet from someone asking whether and why an agent would use the Authors Seeking Agents Wish List website when, as the person put it, agents get so many responsive queries in t...

May 3, 2018

Thanks to the many who are weighing in, here is the updated list of genres for the ASAWL.com website.  Authors will use these to identify their work.  Agents will be able to search these categories.  Don't see your genre?  Let me know.

UPDATED GENRE LIST

#...

May 2, 2018

I know many of you have questions about the ASAWL concept and me, its creator.  Allow me the opportunity to provide some answers:

Who are you, Buffalo telephone booth Raucous Writer Twitter person?

My profile picture is actually a bison, not a buffalo, and the phone boot...

April 30, 2018

Thanks to the feedback I've been receiving, I've added several new hashtags to the master list that will be included on the Authors Seeking Agents Wish List website.  Authors will be able to use the list to identify their work and select multiple (gasp!) genres if appl...

April 29, 2018

As I've been working through the construction of the Authors Seeking Agents Wish List website, it dawned on me that one of the issues I've faced in the query process is the requirement that I select one and only one genre.  My work cuts across genres, and I'm sure I'm...

April 14, 2018

I just read a tweet from a writer who said he was working on his query letter and had received conflicting advice on how to write it.  

That's one of the many reasons why it's time to revolutionize the query process.  I too experienced the same issue.  I paid for a...

April 6, 2018

Phonograph

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8-Track tapes

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Cassette tapes

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CDs

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Digital music

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Change is inev...

April 3, 2018

Rejection is harder than stuff that's petrified.  And it's something fairly new to me.  I won't tell you how many rejections I've received for my first MS, but will share with you some (but not all) of the things I've done to earn the rejections in the hope you can lea...

March 15, 2018

This has bothered me for a long time.  Has anyone else noticed how agents’ agency profiles contain the same type of vague fluff against which they preach?  Here are just a few, real examples from agents' bios and profiles:

  • “She is attracted to stories with stro...

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