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March 25 , 2008

Scoring in the Elevator & 4 other tips on How to Get Published


In Hunting for an Agent, I cover the pros and cons of sending queries out to one or two carefully selected agents, or to every agent you can think of all at once. And both approaches do have pros and cons!

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