On a chilly December night in 1927, the elite of New York filed into Carnegie Hall to hear a new concerto by one of the city’s most popular men.
One should never try to date and sell a novel at the same time; one bleeds into the other. Stood up on Friday night, I spent the weekend rewriting Chapter One. When an agent finally offered to represent me, I had to fight to urge to take her to meet my mother.....
It's been a long time since I've mutilated a rejection slip. The digital age has robbed me of the pleasure, no matter how hard I hit that delete key.
In three sentences, I attempted to set up the story's main characters and their problem: one of them is dead and one of them isn't.
The truly important statistic to consider when submitting is not the number of submissions you make but the quality of the responses and the length of time it takes them to respond.