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I met an impressive man the other day. My wife and I were buying a used motorized wheelchair for my grand-father-in-law. We found it on Craigslist and negotiated the fee and everything ahead of time by phone and drove to meet the seller, Justin. It turns out that Justin has a business maintaining and reconditioning motorized wheelchairs. He serves about …

Happy 2010!

Welcome to my new WordPress blog. I’ve moved the entire site to WordPress in order to more easily update client news and bios and my submission guidelines. 2010 has been super busy so far with plenty of new books in the works and plenty more coming down the pike. 2010 is also my fifth year anniversary at Fresh Books. I’m …

New Books!

Congratulations to Eric Groves, SVP at Constant Contact, on the publication of The Constant Contact Guide to Email Marketing, now out in hardcover from Wiley. Congratulations to book packaging duo Harold and Phyllis Davis on the publication of the amazing Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing from Focal Press. Harold is also launching a new Creative Digital Photography Tips and Techniques …

Summer News and Updates

I kept it to myself but we had a long spring here as my mom moved in with us at the beginning of the year and passed away in May. I ended up spending half this year as caregiver and half as agent, and it was a challenge. I’m fortunate that my authors continued to chug right along and that …

2009 Updates!

I’ve been woefully out of blogging mode and had some problems logging on for updates but that has been resolved, and the beat does go on and I have plenty of news and new books. There’s no doubt that the book industry is troubled right now, and the loss of many independents and the weakness of Borders especially is cause …

Fresh Books: addicted to backlist edition!

I have a lot of new “for Dummies” titles this fall. I’m probably unique among agencies in how many books I’ve done with Wiley (and previously IDG), but that’s my reward for working with some of the very first Dummies authors. As the tooth fairy says when she comes to our house, “thanks for the teeth, I love the teeth,” …

Some Advice on Sending Queries

I just mailed out a bunch of rejections this morning, which is never very fun. Based on what I read today I wanted to add a few quick faux pas and some general advice! Many agents will take electronic queries these days (I prefer them). You can save yourself postage and reach out to those agents electronically. You might also …

The Myth of Multitasking Blog Tour

It’s great to see the kick-off of Dave Crenshaw’s blog tour in support of the The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing it All” Gets Nothing Done. He made a great effort to reach out to like-minded bloggers, folks who write about productivity, time management and organization, and he’s been successful so far. In the last three days Dave has been …

Reviews don’t “just happen.”

Don’t assume that just because you wrote a book someone is going to want to review it. Too often I find that writers forget about following through once a book is published, but in reality that’s the most important time to plan for a real push to find and solicit reviewers of your book. This goes for Amazon reviews too. …

new to twitter

I figured I could keep better track of my twittering authors if I joined in, so you can find me on twitter now: I may not update often but update I will when I can! You’ll find me doing all sorts of fascinating things, like stepping out to skim the pool, chasing the mailman down the street, or trying to …