Another awesome guest agent for pitch day! Becky Vinter!

April 29, 2013

Wow! Where did April go? Since I’m posting on a monday instead of Sat or Sun, I guess I’m really behind. Ruh Ro Raggy.

Between work, kids and plugging away at my next novel, this month has almost disappeared, and I have no idea what I accomplished… Doh.

Anyway! I have good news! LOTS of good news.

I’m going to be a GRANDMOTHER! EEEEEEP! I’m only forty! But, with kids at 21, 17, 12, and 9, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later.

baby feet   Soooooooooooooooooooo excited!

AND – I’m going to be a GREAT AUNT too! Holy smokes! What a year 2013 is turning out to be!

AND – I’ll have a new book out in a month, and STAY will be releasing from Samhain on August 6th!

AND – I’m doing a month long blog tour to promote Agent/Editor Shop at Musetracks! If you’d like to host me, contact me at dancillaw @ yahoo dot com.

AND – Pitch day at Musetracks is MAY 18th. We have the awesome Becky Vinter with Fine Print Literary as our guest agent! Get ready to pitch, and if you haven’t, join our Yahoo group for updates so you won’t miss out on any of our upcoming Agent/Editor Shops!

Here’s the link:

Happy reading and writing everyone.


It’s Agent Shopping day! Welcome Mollie Glick!

March 17, 2013






Good morning everyone!

Welcome to shopping day at Agent Shop.

As always, I’ll start with the stats, winners, and my thoughts on this ‘Shop’, and then we’ll get to the pitches.

Pitches received: 38

Pitches accepted: 25

Pitches rejected: 13
• 8 – Too long
• 4 – Missing info
• 1 – Spam

Not bad, and not great. I’m only posting 25 out of a potential 30 pitch slots for an agent!

During every pitch session, I try to impart something that I’ve learned while doing this, and I try really hard to not be too repetitive. But I keep coming back to the same issues, and I feel I need to point out again, that following guidelines is one of the most important things you can do as an author! I had FOUR e-mails this time starting with “I don’t know exactly what you want…” or “I’ve never done this before…” and these people didn’t follow the rules. They are CLEARLY posted under the Agent/Editor Shop tab on the blog, and I can say with 100% certainty that one person who didn’t make it in will send me a nasty note. Happens every time.

Follow guidelines peeps. It’s really that simple! 🙂 Really!

That’s my moment of finger wagging. On to fun things!

• The copy of PRIMITIVE NIGHTS goes to: Nicole Zoltack
• The $25.00 giftcard goes to: Kathleen S. Allen
• The Top Pitch Slot goes to: Marcia!

(Nicole and Kathleen, please contact me at candi_agent_shop at and I’ll send off your prizes!)

Congratulations to our winners and to those who made it into this pitch session. Good luck!

Welcome Mollie! Thanks so much for taking the time to come and visit with us. I hope you find something to your liking! If you do, simply e-mail me the pitch number, title and what you’d like to see from the author. Also, if you’d include how you’d like them to send it, that would be helpful. Please send them to dancillaw at

Happy shopping and thanks for spotlighting CREWEL! It’s now officially on my TBR pile. I. Can’t. Wait.

Here are the pitches!

The Sourcerer
Science Fiction
45,744 words

Oh the Gemma Rays! They penetrate and repair and oops! What was that? That little bugga boo is gonna pay for bringing me out of my revelry? Snap! I’m back. Who am I? I’m a Sourcerer? What do I do? I source and sense and trap and even eradicate Noisers and Sounders who threaten the sanctity of the citizenry of Arco Pella, my town. My name is Merra. Need me to zap that Noiser or trap a Gandometer and relocate him to a lovelier home? That’s my job. I’m the best Sourcerer in the town of Arco Pella and If you need to get rid of those nasty noises which infiltrate and sublimate your lifestyle then give me a call or better yet Verra my assistant will take your information and your money. When Mr. Larch hired us to come to the old folk’s home I mean the retirement community and relocate the Flitter Flies he didn’t mention the Thing in Miss Tadpole’s room, the Thing I couldn’t see. I’m honed in on noises and sounds which enter my auric field but some Thing from an outher dimension I’m not trained to detect. Yet.

Steampunk Fantasy
90,000 words

In an alternative Victorian world, ravaged by extreme climate, a proud arcane witch must team with a crafty airship privateer to prevent a coldblooded sorcerer from enslaving their world.

The DRESDEN FILES meets THE GOLDEN COMPASS, STEAM CREW is a dark and wild ride filled with mysticism, world-wide adventure, a crew of misfits, impossible engines, and exotic sensuality.

The Gamekeeper’s Daughter
Victorian Era Historical Romance/subgenre Suspense.
109,000 words

Queen Victoria’s top assassin, Lord Alexander Stokes harbors his fair share of dark secrets. Chief among them is his love of bondage and discipline. When a damsel-in-distress appeals for his help, he ponders the consequences, yet her similarity to his first love intrigues him. He offers to help her with a single condition: that the beauty consents to play his games of dominance and submission for an entire year.

Given no choice, Mrs. Julia Foxworth agrees to his indecent terms. Anything is better than serving time for a murder she did not commit, especially when the real killer is stalking her. Despite her misgiving about being the mysterious masked man’s chattel, his raw masculine power lures her in like a hawk to her falconer.

Alexander learns she is his beloved Julia, the former gamekeeper’s daughter, he thought long dead. He’s been betrayed by her and his manipulative father. His heart darkens. Combating their deceptions, the lovers fight for the passion they once shared, amidst the threatening danger of Alexander’s nefarious enemies and her husband’s killer. Can they learn to trust one another and live long enough to know true love again?

If You Can See Me
Paranormal Romance
132,022 words

Some curses stay with a family for generations…

Nate Bentley is a man on a mission. To rid himself of a house h considers a monstrosity before he falls victim to the curse that strikes all the men in his family before their thirty-fifth birthday. But two things stand in his way: a headstrong sister and a woman who can see spirits of the dead.

…it just takes the right combination to break them…

Phaedra Delaney is the woman with the gift. To communicate with the dead. She is also the key to breaking the curse that has bound her family to the Bentley’s for over a century. All she has to do is get a Bentley man to fall in love with her before he turns thirty-five. If only he didn’t take an instant disliking to her upon their first meeting.

Destiny and determination collide when these two powerful people meet and their lives become inextricably entangled with those of their ancestors. Can they break the curse before Nate reaches his next birthday? Or will he fall victim to the same fate that claimed his father – and every male in the family for the past one hundred plus years?

Seducing The Courtesan’s Wife
Historical Romance
100,000 words

The daughter of an illustrious duke, Lady Violetta never imagined she’d wind up as a brothel madam, whoring out her husband to the rich wives of Montana.

Against her father’s wishes, she married dashing, debonair—penniless—Charles Ashford. She traded in her satin slippers and sumptuous ball gowns to follow her new husband on his quest for gold in the wild frontiers of America. Their fortunes plummet instead, sending them down a harrowing course where morals are a bygone luxury. A cruel twist of events tears them apart and Violetta returns to England, shattered and alone. She vows to atone for her sins. And she’ll never forgive him.

Seven years later, her respectable life is upended when Charles abruptly returns. He is hell-bent on wooing his charming ass back into her good graces—and into her bed. More darkly potent than ever, his carnal sensuality provokes her. Tempts her and unnerves her hard-won peace. But haunted by past demons, she’s sworn off love. When a dangerous enemy reappears, threatening to expose their sordid history, they must each choose their own path to redemption. Can Charles win her heart before her thirst for revenge destroys their chance for everlasting bliss?

Literary Fiction
70,000 words

Eliot MacKenzie dreams of escaping his small New England town of Granite Harbor. Suddenly, there is no more dreaming, no escaping. Eliot MacKenzie is dead.

His life is over but not his tale. Over a several year period in the mid 1990’s, Eliot narrates his story of grief, anger, conflict, estrangement and resolution as family members struggle to deal with their loss.

Eliot’s abrupt death shatters the deceptive harmony of his family’s life. His twin brothers reaffirm their private bond, but each pursues a separate path out of the rage and confusion rising from the loss of their older brother. Eliot’s mother contends with a second family crisis that not only provides escape, but also helps her deal with the death of her son. His father remains lost in the present and tied to the past as he indulges in one-sided conversations with his dead son.
Eliot alone exists above the game –confined to Granite Harbor forever.

ABOVE THE GAME presents adult issues narrated by an eighteen year old and renders teenage characters and their struggles as engaging subjects for the adult reader. The book was shortlisted for the 2012 Faulkner Society Novel-In-Progress Award.

Bard’s Lair
Young Adult
121,878 words

Lil Jen is ecstatic at the prospect of working at the new resort. For three centuries Bard’s Lair has lain dormant the property overgrown with brush and bramble but a Prince now owns the Enchanted Lands. Sumo is taking names and handing out applications for employment. She’d rather be back on the Unsettled Seas on a ship but for now she’s the hostess at the Woodie the restaurant on property. Today she’s handing out applications to numahs and Murfles and Nots and even a few Trolls. But when the door opens and no one is there everyone starts whispering about the ghost on property. BeJewelled the former Mistress of the property is rumored to still grace the grounds and many swear they’ve seen her ghostly figure. Sumo isn’t about to fall for any old ghost story but when she attempts to close the door it won’t budge. Then it shuts on its own leaving Sumo in a very unladylike position. Life as a service provider since the War Between the States of service and servitude changed the rules. And did I mention Uran, MR T or the Dark One? Best keep your eyes on your valuables!

Extreme Fear
Suspense/Thriller with a touch of romance
80.000 words

Macy Donavan battles a terrifying nightmare to protect her two-year-old daughter Faith from an intruder, and is knocked unconscious. When she regains consciousness, Faith is missing.

As the police widen their futile search, Macy struggles to pick up the pieces of an unimaginable life.

Urged to take a break she heads to an isolated cabin with a girlfriend to recuperate, with the hope of continuing her search, only to face her worst nightmare — times ten.

Trapped by a man she believed dead, he demands she play a game.

She runs, he hunts. There is no place to hide.

Ink Pool Lullabies
Young Adult Suspense Horror
68,000 words

Sixteen-year-old Jackson Hart would rather put in overtime at the funeral home putting makeup on the dead than socialize with the in-crowd at school. When she finds out her new crush is only dating her for a bet, she’s devastated—but she’s not so wounded she’d seek revenge by killing him … would she?

After a car crash leaves him dead, Jackson tries to piece her memories of the wreck together, but each time she gets close to solving the puzzle, her mother shoves another pill down her throat to make it all go away. Despite the sheriff’s firm report, there was another girl on the scene—Jackson is sure of it—and now the apparition won’t leave her alone.

The spirit needs something from Jackson, and she won’t stop hurting people until she gets it. With the body count rising, and evidence piling up against Jackson, if she is to prove her innocence and prevent the next brutal murder, Jackson must confront the vengeful spirit and decipher the ghost girl’s cryptic message.

But what if everyone is right and the ghost girl doesn’t exist at all?

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Ashes & Ice
Literary historical
100,000 words

In the heart of Five Points darkness and inhumanity reign unchallenged. Into the darkness come two young Irish immigrants forced to fight for survival against nearly insurmountable odds.

On the surface, fifteen-year-old Caitlin Walsh is a demure Irish lass; underneath she’s a bold, spirited young woman who backs down to no one. Not even God. Hot-tempered Johnny Dorlan flees Ireland, a death sentence on his head. He meets Caitlin on the voyage to New York,
where they begin a friendship constantly thwarted by her diligent father. Ten-year-old-going-on-thirty Finn Gallagher becomes a festering boil on Jimmy’s butt from the minute they meet. Caitlin, on the other hand, likes the young boy.

Jimmy would gladly throttle the smart-ass, but everything changes when the Great White Hurricane of 1888 slams into Manhattan and shuts the city off from the world. Then the three humans and an unusual Gypsy horse, are forced to work together to survive. Two of them can barely stop from killing each other and Caitlin is pregnant and due any minute. Putting aside their differences, though, may prove to be the least of their worries.

Run For Your Life
YA Mystery
60,000 words

15 year old Evan accidentally takes a photo of a kidnapping in progress. But no one believes him, even the cops think it’s a prank. When his best friend is murdered and all the evidence points to Evan, he has to figure out who the killer before he becomes the next victim.

Paranormal Thriller – Adult
64,000 words

To the outside world Mercy seemed odd, schizophrenic even, but something evil tormented her. As her life-long friendship with Aaron blossomed into something more, it seemed like he was now beginning to get caught in the crossfire when the evil freaks came at her. Afraid that having him close would only continue to put him in danger, she decides the best thing to do is to push him away, to keep him safe, no matter how much it hurt the both of them. With her loved ones away from danger, and to be free to live and love, Mercy must be ready to put it all on the line…even her life.

Grave Bound (Secrets, #1)
New Adult Fiction
97,000 words

Emily has lived a lifetime within a patriarchal commune. There are many rules, but the most important one, ‘keep it in the commune’, is the most difficult for her to follow… especially since the only people willing to champion her cause live on the outside.

When Emily learns her father has promised her to a perverted man who has plans that extend well beyond marriage and kids, she rebels. She refuses to marry someone who’d rather beat her than caress her.

A day of hooky that begins as a tiny act of defiance turns into a day filled with hope. After spending time with Levi, she finds true romance and sees a future filled with love and admiration rather than hate and submission. That tiny peek is enough to make it nearly impossible for her to go back to the commune and pretend she’ll ever be able to tolerate the life chosen for her instead of the life she longs for.

Fighting to escape the commune, its leaders, and her fiancé proves to be more dangerous than Emily expects. The secrets she knows will either follow her to the grave or send her – and Levi – there.

A Question Of Faith
YA Paranormal
85,000 words

It’s not everyday you learn you’re the incarnation of magic.

After learning her birth mother sought the help of witches to conceive her, fifteen-year-old Crystal’s previously unwavering faith is shaken. God hasn’t been answering her prayers–she was.

Crystal’s limitless magical potential is put to the test when her boyfriend’s mother is in a life-threatening accident. Surely God won’t mind her using magic to help people, but Crystal worries her magic will damn her to Hell or, worse, prove she has no soul to condemn.

Too curious to abandon magic, Crystal attempts to fly and conjure fireballs. Playing with power attracts the attention of a dangerous witch hunter, who kidnaps her boyfriend and threatens her aunt. Shamans and witches hunt Crystal, desperate to use her magic to end a centuries-old war between the two magical races. Her magic is an uncontrollable time bomb. If Crystal can’t figure out what she’s capable of, she won’t merely fail to protect those she loves and end the war–she just might start the apocalypse.

The Lady in the Mist
The Western Werewolf Legend #1
44,000 words

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a wolf. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel solider dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

Comanche Haven
Romance/Western Romance
106,000 words

From the moment Celia, the emerald-eyed, Comanche half-breed, gets off the stage in Tyler, Texas, Seth Loflin realizes he is on a collision course with the past. She was his first love and now the Shooter Creek’s ranch boss can’t allow her to succumb to the danger that stalks her. Someone wants to kidnap her and sell her as a slave, but now that she’s in his protective arms, he intends to keep her safe. Celia can’t run back to the safety of her former life in South Carolina. And if she stays at Shooter Creek with Seth, she’ll be putting the man she has always loved and his ranch in danger of harboring a Comanche. But Seth refuses to leave her side, and his vow to protect her gives Celia the hope and courage she needs. Now she’ll fight for her new life with Seth…or die trying.

Dr. Strange Love – An Erotic Short Story
Romance/erotic romance
8,000 words

Toni Reynolds loves her fiancé, Luke Campbell, more than anything. Still something is missing. They both recognize their love life has become predictable. Toni, realizes she’s not satisfied. She fears that she’s missing something and the closer her wedding date gets, the more unhappy she becomes.

It’s her secret though, until the night, Luke announces they’re hiring a sex therapist. Uneasy about a professional poking around in their relationship, especially one who makes ‘house calls’, Toni feels betrayed. Her love for and her trust in Luke win out as she agrees to meet the good doctor. Neither Luke nor Toni is prepared for the talents of Damon.

Doctor Dearest – An Erotic Short Story
Romance/erotic romance
12,000 words

Sex therapy is a complicated business. A medical professional must remain impartial while developing a relationship with a patient. The fact a man enjoys sex thoroughly means he can’t always remain completely unaffected. His primal drive can range out of control and consequences may occur.

Damon, a.k.a. Dr. Strange Love, finds himself caring more for Billie Conners than is professionally prudent. The trouble with that line of reasoning is he’s willing to put everything on the line to save what he’s found.

Priya in Heels
Multi-Cultural Women’s Fiction
86,000 words

Priya is the epitome of an obedient Indian daughter. Her loyalty to her parents is carved by their love and sacrifice, but the manipulations of her aunts pushes her to forge an even tighter bond. Priya will fiercely uphold her family’s honor and has done so by becoming a medical resident, remaining a virgin, and agreeing to marry her intended. Life is near perfect, her fiancé is tolerable, and her friends are the intervals of excitement she needs. The only thing that can derail her world is the sexy Irishman down the hall, the one who wants to get into her bed and shatter her walls. Logic is clear. Tyler is no good for Priya’s life plans. Love, on the other hand, is unreasonable and clashes with the carefully sculpted life her parents gave her. Maybe going after her heart isn’t such a big deal, or maybe it’s the thing that will unravel her world and leave her an emotional wreck.

YA sci-fi
66,000 words

Romeo and Juliet meets Battlestar Galactica: Jules is a Singular, the last of the cyborgs, and an incomplete one at that. Scientists hadn’t finished programming her when the Stellans attack Verona, her spaceship home. After the aliens wipe out her commanding officers, Jules is left to secure the bridge and defeat the Stellans by herself. Without knowing where anything is, how to pilot, or how to conquer the aliens, the outlook appears grim.

Clusters of survivors retreat to the safety of the wards. Jules is determined to do whatever it takes to save Verona, but several run-ins with the charming Meo challenges her human emotions. He’s the son of laborers—noble, brave, and the only person from the eastern wing who doesn’t hate her kind. Unfortunately, love doesn’t fit into the big picture when it comes to Singulars. Directed by master programming, Jules slips onto the invading alien ship to destroy it from the inside. Her chances of returning to Verona are slim, but when she discovers the truth, she must choose between hard-wired duty and compromised emotions, between accomplishing her mission and risking everything to save those she loves.

Guitar God
YA—Contemporary Fantasy
195,000 words

Polly’s moment had finally arrived, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Barely a teenager, Polly had reluctantly accepted the role of human guardian of the Green. Now, about to begin college and leave her hometown and all the weirdness behind, fate calls her, except to save the

Green she must defeat Isaac, the boy she loves.

Isaac was the kid nobody liked until a mysterious faerie granted him his greatest wish. Now bestowed with incredible musical prowess, Isaac is loved and admired by all. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Polly is the only one who can save Isaac’s soul, but her first responsibility is to the Green. Can Polly save the Green and save Isaac as well?

Guitar God is a Jewish, suburban rock and roll fantasy with a 1970s soundtrack. It’s urban fantasy in the suburbs. It’s War For The Oaks meets Portnoy’s Complaint. It’s crossover YA for teens and their parents. It’s a world where the faerie folk walk among us, but we don’t know it. It’s about the magical places where we grew up. Maybe we knew about them or maybe we walked by them every day without even noticing.

Mistress of Deception
Historical Romance—Regency period
99,000 words

Georgina Wilcox, daughter of the traitorous “Fox”, doesn’t agree with her father’s crimes against the British crown, so she secrets the Irish rebel’s plans to the Home Office and tries to help the men taken captive by her father—until the day a prisoner is shot dead in her kitchen and her own family beats her within an inch of her life. Georgina abandons her efforts. She knows she’ll pay dearly for any further deception. That is until she meets Adam.

Adam Markham, member of the Brethren of the Lords, a secret society, is captured and handed over to the muscle in the Irish radicals: Fox and Hunter. As his days in captivity grow, he finds himself fascinated by Georgina whose innocence and bravery breathe life into him. Adam comes to love this woman he assumes is their servant.

Georgina can’t imagine her life without Adam. To keep him, she must hide her true identity. The daughter of the enemy could not be trusted, let alone loved. When Adam unravels Georgina’s deceit, his sense of betrayal cannot be assuaged and Georgina resolves to undertake one more mission so she can prove to Adam that she is no Mistress of Deception

Souls Entwined
YA Paranormal/Coming-Of-Age
56,600 words

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Wells’ world is turned upside-down when her new friend Billy links his mind to hers. Through telepathy and astral travel, he takes her in and out of the spirit world, develops her trust and awakens her desire for more spiritual adventure. It all feels so natural; their souls are connected, entwined.

Rachel hears spirits, and delivers messages from the dead. Billy taps into the minds of the living. Together, they form ‘The Psychic Circle’ to secretly explore the paranormal with a few close friends.

When Melody, gets involved, her jealousy of Rachel’s chemistry with Billy coupled with her obsession for black magic, is a lethal combination. It’s more dangerous than the group knows. Billy gets attacked by Melody during meditation, robbing him of his free will. Rachel helps Billy retaliate and break that bond. Unfortunately, the circle is compromised further by accidently opening a door to a malevolent spirit that attaches itself to Rachel through a Ouija Board.

Torn between forgiving her best friend who’s betrayed her, or defending her possible soul mate, Rachel’s choice will determine the direction her life takes and the sacrifices she makes – either loosing Melody or ruining her chance to find love.

Extreme Fear
Suspense/Thriller with a touch of romance
80,000 words

Macy Donavan battles a terrifying nightmare to protect her two-year-old daughter Faith from an intruder, and is knocked unconscious. When she regains consciousness, Faith is missing.
As the police widen their futile search, Macy struggles to pick up the pieces of an unimaginable life.

Urged to take a break she heads to an isolated cabin with a girlfriend to recuperate, with the hope of continuing her search, only to face her worst nightmare — times ten.

Trapped by a man she believed dead, he demands she play a game.

She runs, he hunts. There is no place to hide.


Pitch Day at ‘Agent Shop’ with agent Jenny Bent and author Ellyn Bache

May 29, 2011


UPDATE: STOP! We’ve received the pitches we need. Check back tomorrow to see if yours made it in time! (and hopefully followed the rules.) I’ll also announce the winner of the Top Pitch Slot and the copy of The Art if Saying Goodbye.

Good Luck!

Welcome to another ‘Agent Shop’. It’s pitch day! YAY!

We’re happy to welcome Jenny Bent from The Bent Agency to this session of Agent Shop.

Today we also have Jenny’s client, Ellyn Bache, with us for the author spotlight with her novel, THE ART OF SAYING GOODBYE.

Leave a comment below using the words ART and GOODBYE for a chance at the Top Pitch Slot or a signed copy of The Art of Saying Goodbye!

Welcome Ellyn!



In a gesture of support and affection for a long-time neighbor who has fallen ill, four women in a close-knit suburban development tie white ribbons to trees in front of their houses, and embark on a powerful journey of transformation. Their ailing friend has always been the neighborhood star, an effervescent beauty whose charm draws all of them in.  As they grapple with her illness, each of them responds in a different way as she sees her own problems with new perspective.  A marriage put on hold because of a difficult child, a nurse’s eerie and unwanted gift of diagnosis, widow’s destructive bitterness, the price of a successful career, all come into play to shape their stories. Ultimately, each one learns to say goodbye … but not before drawing from her friend’s strength the courage to move on and change, as she recognizes that her own life, in the afterglow of someone else’s, is richer and more precious than she thought.

Praise for The Art of Saying Goodbye

“This is a moving, gratifying, and inspiring reminder to live life to its fullest and demonstrate love in every possible way to friends and family.”—Publishers Weekly

The Art of Saying Goodbye is a deeply felt and beautiful story that portrays what friends can mean to each other in ways that are difficult to articulate, and Bache has done so here in perfect pitch. Bravo!”—Dorothea Benton Frank, bestselling author of “Sullivan’s Island” and “Folly Beach”

This sounds like such a powerful read. I have to ask, where did the title come from?

From Jenny Bent.  We had been tossing titles around for weeks.  Nobody liked the preliminary ones — “The Ribbon Trees,” and before that, “Ribbons for Paisley.”  Then Jenny came up with THE ART OF SAYING GOODBYE, and from the first moment, it sounded right.  It was exactly what the book was about — five women learning the art of saying goodbye, not just to a friend, but to elements of their own lives that weren’t working, that needed to be discarded so they could move on and grow.


Care to share what ‘The call’ was like?

In addition to being a remarkable agent, Jenny is one of the finest editors I’ve ever worked with.  When she first saw the book, she had a number of questions she wanted me to address.  What was amazing was how right she seemed to be on every issue.  The minute she posed it, I invariably thought, yes, this is something I need to work on.  And I did.  When she finally thought the manuscript was ready to go out, we both felt confident about it — and she sold the book in three days.  What a thrill!


That’s awesome. Both that you have such a great working relationship with Jenny AND that she sold it in three days! What else do you have in the works?

Something almost too new to talk about.  But I can tell you it’s about a friendship between several women, one really annoying man, and the art of walking dogs.


Too fun. We look forward to seeing more from you. What’s your advice for aspiring authors?

I’ve been writing for a long time, and there are two things I think are most critical: Stick with it.  And don’t lose confidence. If you sit down every day and write, you are going to get better.  You are going to learn skills you never thought you’d master.  You need to believe in yourself enough to send that work out when it’s ready (knowing when it’s ready is another topic altogether).  You need to believe good things will happen.  Sooner or later, they will.  In today’s competitive market, even the most accomplished writers are often rejected, criticized, and (too often) demoralized.  Don’t give up. If you have a supportive writing group that believes in your project, that’s a huge help, too.  But you have to keep at it, no matter what.  Persistence, persistence, persistence!

That’s great advice! 

Where can we find you Ellyn?

Harper Collins

Fresh Fiction



Where can we buy The Art of Saying Goodbye?


Barnes and Noble


Thanks so much for being our spotlight today and we wish you the best!

Make sure you find Ellyn and The Art of Saying Goodbye out there.

And now it’s time!

Agent Shop is open. Read the rules, polish your pitch and –