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Monday, November 25, 2013

LAYING IT ON THE LINE

I created this post to respond to some criticism that we have received in reference to how we do business.   My first response is that I do not claim to be a large successful agent,  nor claim to be an
expert in the literary industry to have all knowledge of  everything.   I have been sent anonymous emails stating that I don't know anything about this business,  I can't help anyone because of my own
faults at grammar and spelling.   My response to this is that I am only human and make mistakes just like anyone else,  but I am also better at seeing someone else mistakes other than my own. No one is prefect,  and you can find mistakes in a lot of books today that have been professionally edited.    The information that I share with writers is the information within this industry,  it's not information that I made up just to be talking.   The writers that I help I give them a 100% percent of my time, and anything I can do to help a writer I will.   I do not claim to know every publisher for every genre,  and I do have to research some publishers before sending clients material to them,  and yes some of them are small publishing houses,  and some of them don't offer an advancement.   I do contact different publishing houses each month in reference to the writers I am trying to help, and a lot of time we don't hear back from them.   This business is a slow process and it usually don't go the way you want it to,  so you keep going anyway,  and to suggest that I am not doing anything to help writers is ridiculous, and you don't know me.   The last response that I will be responding to is charging a fee,  I do not charge any writers a fee for anything,  but I do ask that they pay for postage, and copying which are standard in this business. I am a 100% percent positive that I am not the only one  in this industry that do.   However, I will no longer be accepting submissions, but will continue to be a part of this industry.    I would like to thank the people that believe in me although sometimes I get it wrong,  and I hope everyone a successful new year.   I will not be responding to any other comments,  so you really don't need to leave any.    Thank You.

         

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

UPDATE FOR 2014 ON NEW EDITORIAL SERVICES

Murray's Literary Agency will be offering a editorial service in 2014,  we made this decision based on hundreds of manuscripts that we received that are not ready to be sent to an agent.  An agent usually do not help in the revision of a manuscript, therefore turning  down a lot of manuscript for one reason or another.  A manuscript sent to an agent should be ready to go to a publishers desk
without any last minute revisions.   In the past years,  we have assisted many writers with the common issues of formatting,  grammar,  pronunciation, and more.   I will not be
accepting any new submissions until June 2014, however,  I will be accepting writers that do need help writing their first novel, or need help in revising their novels, and the one big thing I do want to share with all writers is information.  I will keep you updated as we move closer to the new year of 2014,   Any questions contact me at emurray310@gmail.com

       

Friday, November 1, 2013

NOVEMBER MEET UP LUNCH WITH AN AGENT

We will be offering a small luncheon on November 15th at Denny's on 3151 NW 9th Ave Oakland Park, FL  at 4.30 it's near 95 so it should be easy to find.   We will be discussing new things that are trending in the industry, and more.  The luncheon will consist of 5 to 6 people at a time,  so go ahead and sign up on the blog or go to google.com/+murrayliteraryservice.blogspot.com to RSPV.  For more information call me 954-612-1982
or email me at emurray310@gmail.com.
 
 
 
Denny's Phone # is 954-565-4903 to call for directions.   The address is 3151 NW 9th Ave
Oakland Park, near 95
 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

OCTOBER DISCUSSION AGENTS ONE on ONE

Writers usually don't expect agents to assist them in the writing process.   A manuscript should normally be completed when contacting an agent.  Well today agents are assisting writers one on one,
they are taking you to boot camp.  The reasons for the changes are that agents get so many
projects that are not marketable,   and sometimes the story is actually good.   The problem with a lot
of manuscripts received  are formatting,  grammar. and pronunciations .   Another problem is communication between the characters.  An agent usually know if they can market a project
within ten pages of the manuscript, so we are here to help you get your project to the publishers
desk.   Join us with Lunch With An Agent beginning November 15th.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September Discussion on Grammer and Mechancis Helpful Hint For Beginners

Mastering the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics is an important first step to having a successful writing career.  When you need help with verb tense, the dictionary is a good place to start.   The dictionary is also where you will find some other information about its other three principal parts- the past, the past participle and present participle.  Check out some of the writers workshops that covers this subject, and commas.  I  hope this help you,  and thanks for checking
out our blog.

Friday, August 9, 2013

AUGUST DISCUSSION THE ART OF STORY TELLING

Tips of storytelling,  some writers make the mistake of not painting a good picture for the readers to see.  A writer want readers to see in their mind what they are saying,  this is the art of story telling. 
A writer can use these 4 tips to get there ( 1) Narrative structure- a simple conflict  (2)  Narrative techniques - past tense v. present tense (3) Narrative writing - revealing character through details and  (4) Narrative voice - eavesdropping on a conversation.   Enlisting these tips a writer can tell a story so that readers can visualize what they are reading.  I hope this will help you in your quest for story telling.  


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

JULY MESSAGE ON WRITING BETTER HEROES AND VILLIANS

According to Victoria Lynn Schmidt states archetypes are the core character models of todays
storytelling that's found in nearly all books.  Carl Jung is known for archetypes, and his developed personality typology that sheds light on human behavior that can apply to your writing.  Writers need to be diligent when writing  mystery and crime story so that readers can actually see what is happening as they read.  Keep those pens moving.