Jane Lebak
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Aug 23, 2013
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion DOES IT HELP TO PRAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE? in the group Christian Writers
"I think it's also okay to pray for someone without asking as long as you don't tell them you're doing it. Some people might not want to be prayed-for because they feel it's as if you're preaching at them. So they might feel…"
Aug 22, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion DOES IT HELP TO PRAY FOR OTHER PEOPLE? in the group Christian Writers
"God is pretty smart and would know how or whether to bless someone. Also, I don't think God needs our permission to give us a gift.  I do believe prayer helps. I've seen what I believe to be prayer helping others and helping me. "
Aug 22, 2012
shelley colquitt left a comment for Jane Lebak
"Hey thanks for the advise. I have been doing that here and there. It has turned out well"
Aug 19, 2012
Jane Lebak commented on Deborah Herman's group Spiritual Writing and Publishing
"Hi, Shelley! I'd encourage you to write magazine articles first. It sounds like your story might fit with Mothering Magazine, for example. You can also write about mothers who have faced similar situations. After you've published a few…"
Aug 19, 2012
Jane Lebak left a comment for shelley colquitt
"Hi, Shelly! I saw you posted through the spiritual writing section but wasn't sure how to reply because it didn't show up on the board or the wall. But my suggestion would be to first write your daughter's story as a magazine article…"
Aug 19, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion WILL YOU PRAY TODAY? in the group Christian Writers
"I'm going to say yes, based on the fact that we see angels in Revelation engaged in a Divine liturgy, with human saints joining in with them. It helps to have structured times to get together and remember why we're here. Going to church…"
Aug 16, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion WHY WILL READERS BUY FICTION BY UNKNOWN WRITERS? in the group Fiction
"Because the premise is intriguing. :-)"
Aug 16, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion WHEN WILL SOMEONE CREATE A NEW PARADIGM FOR THIS GENRE? in the group Science Fiction and Fantasy
"I'm going to go out on a limb, though, and say that SFF is very broad in terms of the kinds of stories it tells. It's far more than "just a bunch of cliches stuck on Mars," the way one of my English profs used to say. You've…"
Aug 15, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion WILL YOU PRAY TODAY? in the group Christian Writers
"This is one thing I really like about Catholicism. There's every kind of prayer incorporated into it somehow, so whatever someone feels like doing (structured, unstrucured, scripted, unscripted, physical, mental, verbal, contemplative)…"
Aug 15, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion WILL YOU PRAY TODAY? in the group Christian Writers
"It just seems to me that if there's going to be a relationship, we need to relate. So I build in structured and unstructured prayer time, and I think it helps.  It may not work for everyone, but then again, every marriage is different too."
Aug 15, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion WILL YOU PRAY TODAY? in the group Christian Writers
"Yes, for the same reason I talk to my husband every day. :-)"
Aug 15, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion WHEN WILL SOMEONE CREATE A NEW PARADIGM FOR THIS GENRE? in the group Science Fiction and Fantasy
"When publishers stop getting skittish because "No one's done that before -- it's so DIFFERENT! People aren't going to know what to make of it.""
Aug 15, 2012
Jane Lebak replied to jeff herman's discussion HOW COME SOME UNKNOWN WRITERS GET GOOD DEALS? in the group Fiction
"Um...because they have good books? :-)"
Aug 3, 2012
Jane Lebak commented on Deborah Herman's group Fiction
"Over at the MuseItUp Publishing blog, we've got an excerpt from my upcoming novel. http://museituppublishing.blogspot.com/2012/07/excerpt-wrong-enemy....   It's got a new title now too. :-) I give you...The Wrong Enemy. About…"
Jul 31, 2012
Jane Lebak commented on Deborah Herman's group Christian Writers
"Over at the MuseItUp Publishing blog, we've got an excerpt from my upcoming novel.http://museituppublishing.blogspot.com/2012/07/excerpt-wrong-enemy.html   It's got a new title now too. :-) I give you...The Wrong Enemy. About angels,…"
Jul 31, 2012

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http://philangelus.wordpress.com
What do you do?
Writer, Other
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Critique partner/beta-reading, consultation on query letters. I'm one of the bloggers for QueryTracker.net
What school did you attend?
Cornell University (BA) and SUNY Brockport (MA)
What is your hometown?
Brooklyn, NY
What are some of your interests?
Music, Writing, Reading, Spirituality

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The query as a sales letter

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 9:43pm 0 Comments

One of my writing forum members complained (accurately) that it's impossible to summarize an entire novel in 250 words. Which is the absolute truth: any novel that could be summarized in 250 words wouldn't be a novel worth reading. But this member was upset at how many unique and intriguing aspects of the novel's worldbuilding were going to get glossed or omitted. No doubt when writing your own query you got frustrated by the limits of the form, the character shading that got stripped down…

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Book review: The Story Template by Amy Deardon

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 9:36am 0 Comments

Back when I was in high school, I wore a button that said "My life has a superb cast, but I can't figure out the plot." I should  have had Amy Deardon's book back then.

Amy Deardon's The Story…

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An exclusive query?

Posted on June 8, 2012 at 4:00pm 0 Comments



No, really. I saw this.
A writer on another forum asked about an agent who says she responds faster to queries if you write "Exclusive Query" in the subject line. The writer was interested in whether queriers actually abide by this.
I was able to track…
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Character Depth: A Scavenger Hunt In Reverse

Posted on May 26, 2012 at 9:52pm 0 Comments

One good thing about being a writer is you can talk about the best ways of burying bodies, and no one phones the local boys in blue.

(True story: I was knitting a sock at a writing convention when a woman said, "May I see?" Ordinarily I'd hand over the sock, but I was with other writers, so I handed over one of the double-pointed needles. The…

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At 10:29pm on August 19, 2012, shelley colquitt said…

Hey thanks for the advise. I have been doing that here and there. It has turned out well

At 1:15pm on January 23, 2012, Jane Lebak said…

And this is a comment on the comment wall. For the same reason I put text in my text box.

 
 
 

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