December 10th, 2008

Why would anyone be this stupid?

You send a query to an agent. They send you a polite rejection note. Instead of ceasing and desisting, you send them the following back:

“Per your request, please find attached chapters 4-6 of my ms.”

And you attach a fake email from said agent - one you made up - requesting sample chapters.

This really happened, as you can read here .



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Economy hits home

My hometown paper reports: "Naumes Equipment, a Medford company that has provided agricultural equipment in Southern Oregon since 1946, is closing."

This is where my brother works. He’s being kept on to help liquidate parts and equipment.

62 years in business.

I sure hope we hit bottom soon.



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What would YOU rename Nike?

I've got a book coming out in 2010 that features a 16 year old named Cheyenne. Her dad is the president of Nike.

Of course, while there is a president of Nike, he doesn't have a 16 yo daughter, at least not one that I know of, and if he does, she doesn't get into the scrapes that my creation does. [Full disclosure: I hope.].

I'm sure my editor will want me to change the name. So what would you name a successful sportswear company that also owns several other businesses (just as Nike owns Coach).

Suggestions?

Best one gets a free book.



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Get a grip

One of our neighbors own a black and white cat. Medium size.

I just heard a commotion in our backyard.

There was the cat. With a full-size squirming squirrel in its mouth. I yelled, "What are you thinking! Let go of that! That doesn't belong to you!"

The cat dropped the squirrel and they ran in opposite directions. Now even though the squirrels we have around here are imports (it's rare to see a Western squrriel) and I'm a cat person, my sympathy was twith the squirrel.



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