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Jessica Faust on unlikeable characters

Literary agent Jessica Faust of Bookends, LLC shares her opinion on what makes a character unlikeable:

For me likeability tends to coincide with one-dimensional. A character being unlikeable usually means she has no redeeming qualities, and usually even unlikeable people have a redeeming quality or two, something that gives them more depth.

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Sean Ferrell on why the N-word matters

Another reaction to NewSouth's editing of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, this time from writer Sean Ferrell, who deems the decision cowardly:

The Censoring of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn

An article in the Chicago Tribune shares several viewpoints re: the editing of two of Mark Twain's classic novels. NewSouth will release The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as a single volume with all racial epithets removed. Professors and others weigh in on this decision:,0,6497750.story

Suzie Townsend on the truth about feedback

Ever been baffled after a literary agent requests your manuscript, then responds with a generic "not for me" rejection? Back in December Suzie Townsend offered an explanation:

Nathan Bransford on agents who blog

Author and former literary agent Nathan Bransford shares a post in defense of literary agents who blog:
According to Kristin Nelson, spamming a literary agency with the same query every day for two months straight might get you noticed, but not in a good way:
Rachelle Gardner reminds hopeful writers that negativity about the industry is not the way to a literary agent's heart:





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