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A few years ago, Samuel Moffie submitted The Perfect Martini to 100 literary agents. Actually, he submitted 90% of the first twenty pages of Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions disguised as The Perfect Martini. Any guesses on his success rate? 100 out of 100, right? No. Only one agent responded positively, but that’s because the agent recognized the original author. 99 agents declined. Just to be clear, yes, the critically acclaimed, award-winning, nationally revered Kurt Vonnegut. Rejected.

Agents are concerned with commercial viability, that’s first and foremost. Period. Literary quality is a secondary bonus, if present. Now, if Vonnegut wrote a novel where a dominant vampire becomes master to a naive, submissive, shape-shifting werewolf, I’m sure he would have fared better.

Here’s the point. Why spend months, or even years, writing and submitting queries to agents who are clearly looking the other way? If they passed on Kurt Vonnegut, what chance…

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For those authors looking for a new way to promote (that would be almost all of us), I started publishing excerpts of Here Lies Buried with author insight on While this is not a new idea, it’s a new presentation that goes beyond simply copying excerpts. This format allows for your commentary as well as your photo, bio, book cover with a link to purchase your book. This is great for me. If there’s one thing I can do is talk about different aspects of my book.

See the look for yourself. You can find my first “Bubble” at

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