Any aspiring new author with a manuscript in hand and a glimmer of hope in the eye understands the haze of doubt and rejection that is the querying process. It can be a daunting, crushing, nebulous experience, but it’s unavoidable if you’re hoping to find a literary agent that loves your novel as much as you do. When you find them, they will be your champion in your publishing quest, and the query quicksand you found yourself in will be a memory.

So don’t give up! I recently signed with an agent — the marvelous Jessica Faust of BookEnds —…

It happened during dinner. My husband and I were celebrating his birthday in a quiet corner of the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant everyone was talking about at the time. We had devoured an enormous platter of buttery sashimi and oysters we cheered like tequila shots. He stepped out to the men’s room, and I couldn’t resist. I had to check my inbox. And that’s when I saw it, a sentence I’d been waiting for so long to read that I thought I might have been hallucinating from the shellfish: “I would like to take a look at the entire manuscript.”

An agent…

Do I stay or do I go? That’s the question plaguing my Millennial generation of Vancouverites. We’re drawn in from Langley or Lethbridge or Ladysmith with the promise of big city adventure. The first few years are filled with bocce tournaments, seawall bike rides and boozy brunches — it’s everything we dreamed of. But then reality sets in. Can I actually build a life here?

I don’t need to tell you what the problems are. You see the headlines and feel the pain. Are we ranked the 2nd or 3rd least affordable city in the world to live in now…

Eddy Boudel Tan

literary escape artist

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