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Do Most Real Estate Agents Own Their Own Homes? Yes!

Jed Kolko | Posted 03.16.2014 | HuffPost Home
Jed Kolko

If you want your real estate agent to be able to speak from personal experience, you're in luck. We discovered that the vast majority of agents - almo...

Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

The reason for rejections typically comes down to a few key issues. Follow these solutions, and my bet is doors will start opening.

Where You Live Might Change Your Writing Career

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writers and other publishing types love to give new writers advice about how to be successful. But there's one subject they never mention: location.

Notes on a First Novel

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Kathleen Reardon

Many people have told me they would love to write a novel. Why then have so many of them not done so?

Should You Trash Your Novel?

Holly Robinson | Posted 08.10.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

How do you know if your book is good enough to publish? That's probably the most unanswerable question in the universe, right up there with, "Why do ...

A Conference Organizer's Advice to Writers: Write Better

Karen Dionne | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

I'm not talking here about the mechanics of writing, though craftsmanship is important. Like a clock, a novel has many moving parts--pace, momentum, tension, plot, characterization, story arc, character arcs--and they all need to work perfectly together.

When You Finish Your Novel, What Then?

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is it like to finish a novel? The first time you do it, you feel utter euphoria, and you should. Unfortunately, what follows isn't always instant acceptance by an agent, an editor, or even your beta readers and friends.

Why Literary Agents Attend Writers Conferences (It's Not What You Think)

Karen Dionne | Posted 06.01.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

Every week literary agents receive hundreds of query letters from aspiring writers. Why then, would agents take time from their busy schedules to go to a writers conference and meet yet more writers in person? I asked a few of my favorite agents why they attend writers conferences.

Design's Secret Agents -- The 007s of Tomorrow

Soren Petersen | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Soren Petersen

At the end of the day, James Bond gains no fame, glory or money. He remains the anonymous Agent 007, unfettered and always prepared to save the world once again. This sounds a lot like the life of a designer.

Forget About Romney: Stacey Dash Masturbates In Front of Her Pug and Smokes Weed Out of an Apple!

Abe Schwartz | Posted 04.09.2013 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

Well, not in real life, but Stacey and I just put together a short called STACEY DASH IS NORMAL: The Dip, and in it, you better believe she does what the headline says.

Writing a Synopsis for Your Novel: A Scary But Useful Exercise

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.09.2013 | Books
Holly Robinson

What is a synopsis, anyway? Just a summary, right? Wrong. Sure, a synopsis is a summary of your novel's narrative arc and describes the main characters. However, a synopsis must also be its own entity, with dramatic turns and a clear beginning, middle, and end.

WATCH: Are TSA Agents Punishing Us?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.08.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Some passengers understand that airport screening is a game and they seem ready to turn the tables.

First, Stop All the Literary Agents

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.03.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I keep meeting authors who rave about their agents as if they were combinations of the Buddha and Captain America. My own experience with agents has been anything but positive, and the first agent who took me on was a paragon of imperfection.

Are TSA Agents Heroes? (VIDEO)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 10.06.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

The TSA agents pulled the passengers out of line and reported them to law enforcement authorities. As it turns out, they'd stumbled into something of a love triangle.

11 Mistakes Writers Make When Approaching Literary Agents

| Posted 05.16.2012 | Books

From Writer’s Relief staff: Let’s face it: Writing a book requires different skills than writing a query letter. While there are no “rules”...

Writers Wednesday: 10 Ways To Annoy Literary Agents

| Posted 05.02.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: In the tradition of David Letterman’s Late Show Top Ten, the submission strategists at Writer’s Relief want to shar...

On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists

Warren Adler | Posted 04.09.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

The true novelist must continue to soldier on, keep writing, keep trying, taking the increasingly painful hits of rejection after rejection until ... well, until someone out there catches on ... or doesn't.

If Agents Become Publishers, Who Protects Authors?

redhammer.info | Posted 08.09.2011 | Books

In recent weeks, there have been a spate of agents who have cut deals on behalf of their clients with... themselves.  One such involved the agent to ...

No More Calls, No More Meetings -- Ever?!

Dr. Susan Corso | Posted 08.05.2011 | Business
Dr. Susan Corso

Years ago I remember hearing about a CEO new to an international company who took all the chairs out of all the conference rooms as one of his first a...

Do Writers Need an Agent for Success?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I started my career at a time when the conventional wisdom was that you couldn't even have a career without an agent. But experience has proven something different.

Stop Kvetching. Self-Publishing Is Here To Stay -- And Vaulting Ahead

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bernard Starr

Yes, there's lots of junk among self-published titles. Let's be honest though. Traditional publishing also releases a lot of pollution.

Ageism and the Oscar Party That Bollywood Would Throw

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Martin Lewis

What of the Oscar nominees and winners from past years who are no longer flavor of the month among the trendy young executives who run Hollywood studios? Why give valuable Oscar seats to them?

In The Watson Era, Will The Computer Be Servant, Master, Or Savior?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I confess that in a quasi-religious way I have long been intrigued by the concept of a godlike computer, and Watson has kindled that interest back into flame.

3 Step Plan to Clean Up Agent Problem

Jon Kerr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jon Kerr

One of the most unfair punitive practices of the NCAA is to bring sanctions against a university, taking away scholarships and bowl games, well after the offenders have been fired or skipped town.

So You Want to Be an NFL Agent?

Andrew Brandt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

How does an inexperienced agent or someone working for that agent get the attention of a top college football player? Cash is one sure way to get a player's attention.