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· Stormy Winds

· A Brownstone in Brookyn

· The Ghost of Atlanta

· Phantoms of Rockwood

· Philly Style and Philly Profile


Short Stories
· Enjoy a chapter from A Brownstone in Brooklyn!

· Enjoy the PROLOGUE to Philly Style and Philly Profile!

· Bloodlines, Tales From the African Diaspora

· Phantoms of Rockwood Debut Speech at Decatur Book Festival!

· From Bushwick High (Brooklyn) to National Award Winning Author!

· Goodbye Borders: Another casualty in the decline in book sales!

· Spice and Me together for a little Longer

· Return to a Southern County Fair Ground!


Articles
· Thompson On...Being a Successful 21st Century Author!

· Thompson On...A Writer's Journey into the Digitial Revolution!

· Thompson On...One Writer's Journey to Writing Success!

· Thompson On...Do One Thing Everyday That Scares You!

· Thompson On...Is finding a literary agent an Impossible Dream?

· Thompson On...Point of View in a Novel!

· Thompson On...Description in a Novel!

· Thompson On...Setting in a Novel!

· Thompson On...A Hard Look at My Web Marketing Habits!

· Thompson On...Subplots in Novels!


News
· Writing Tidbit: Thumbnail Characterization

· Discovered Virtual Blog Book Tour!

· Finding an Editor...Dennis DeRose!

· Award Winning novelist Terry Kay comments on A Brownstone in Brooklyn!

· A Former Student Talks about her Teacher and his novel

· J. E. Thompson teaching and tutoring creative writing!

· Moneysaver Editing Featured in Industry Experts Magazine!


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· Write a Ghost Story and Win a Prize!

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Stormy Winds





Phantoms of Rockwood

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Philly Style and Philly Profile

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The Ghost of Atlanta

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A Brownstone in Brookyn

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Blogs by J.E. Thompson

Is finding a literary agent an impossible dream?
8/11/2011 4:41:49 PM
The trails and frustrations of finding a literary agent for your book!

Sitting in front of my computer slapping my head from side to side...
Finding an agent is so difficult that at times you want to slap your head from side to side and commit physical harm to your body.
Maybe, if I slap hard enough my brain will work in overdrive to figure out a way to make agents interested in my fourth novel: Purple Phantoms.
I feel like Don Quixote of La Mancha in chasing the Impossible Dream.
What a process!
I have the following qualifications:
***Three published novels: A Brownstone in Brooklyn, Philly Style and Philly Profile and Ghost of Atlanta
***2007 and 2011 Georgia of the Year nominations.
***My third novel, Ghost of Atlanta, is a finalist in a National Book Contest!
*** Ghost of Atlanta is on the book shelves of Barnes & Nobles and is selling at a good pace. Thatís right itís on the book shelves of the famous book seller!
***Iíve been a presenter at the 2009 AJC-Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia, 2010 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia and the 2010 Buffalo Book Fair in Buffalo, New York.
*** I work hard at building a platform for my books and have crashed many barriers and I will work even harder to crash many more barriers to reaching my goal of becoming a well-known author.
***I'm a creative writing instructor at Evening and Emory in Atlanta, Georgia.
Yet, all this seems invisible to agents.
I work hard at writing my novels and I'm extremely dedicated in marketing my novels.
However, frustration sets in at times and erodes my enthusiasm.
I read on agent Linda Roghaar's website a comment that is an aspirin that eases the pain:
"Don't take rejection personally. More often than not a rejection is not about your writing; rather it's that you've gotten it to the wrong person at the wrong time. Look at the package critically and send it out to another."
Yet the agent front is silent for me...totally void of a positive response.
I've followed all the rules, my three published books are well received and have garnered national honors and recognition, but I keep getting the following form letter:
Dear Author:
Thank you so much for sending the (Blank) Literary Agency your query. We'd like to apologize for the impersonal nature of this standard rejection letter. Rest assured that we do read every query letter carefully and, unfortunately, this project is not right for us. Because this business is so subjective and opinions vary widely, we recommend that you pursue other agents. After all, it just takes one "yes" to find the right match.
Good luck with all your publishing endeavors.
Well, I'll just keep sending out query letters and hopefully I'll find that one agent who will say "Yes."
Ooh...my head is still hurting from my palms constantly slapping my head from side to side!



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More Blogs by J.E. Thompson
• Phantoms of Rockwood Debut Presentation! - Sunday, February 15, 2015
• JET Blog... - Thursday, June 12, 2014
• Thompson On...Do You Have a Mobile Website - Sunday, October 20, 2013
• Thompson On...A Hard Look at my Web Marketing Habit - Sunday, October 13, 2013
• Author Mary Gilmartin's Effervescent Website! - Thursday, September 20, 2012
• Purple Phantoms' Debut Labor Day Weekend at AJC-Decatur Book Festival! - Friday, September 07, 2012
• Purchase Purple Phantoms - Friday, August 24, 2012
• Thompson On...National Radio "Author Talk" Interview! - Sunday, June 10, 2012
• Thompson On...Mary Gilmartin's Debut Novel Book Signing! - Saturday, June 02, 2012
• Thompson On...Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You1 - Thursday, May 17, 2012
• Julius Thompson Enrolled in the Digitial Revolution! - Tuesday, May 08, 2012
• How I reached the writing of my fifth novel: Chasing The Wind - Friday, May 04, 2012
• Julius Thompson on Julia Widdop National BlogTV Show! - Friday, April 13, 2012
• Thompson On...One Writer's Journey to Become a Successful Novelist! - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• Thompon On...Choosing a Point of View in a Novel! - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
• Thompson On...Subplots in Novels! - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
• Do You Have A Mobile Website? - Monday, December 26, 2011
• Purple Phantoms: Young Adult Novel! - Sunday, December 18, 2011
• Julius Thompson Teen Read Week 2011 Presentation! - Monday, October 17, 2011
• Julius Thompson with Brooklyn Icons! - Thursday, September 22, 2011
• My Birthday Television Interview! - Saturday, September 10, 2011
• The Author's Life: Marketing, Marketing and more Marketing! - Saturday, August 20, 2011
•  Is finding a literary agent an impossible dream? - Thursday, August 11, 2011  
• Novel Writing: The Setting! - Saturday, August 06, 2011
• Goodbye Borders! - Friday, August 05, 2011
• Bloodlines, Tales From the African Diaspora Book Review! - Friday, August 05, 2011
• Building Believalble Characters! - Friday, August 05, 2011
• Description: Be Specific! - Friday, August 05, 2011


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