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Getting Published, with Jean Tennant: Episode 3

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With author Jean Tennant

DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO GETTING PUBLISHED WITH JEAN TENNANT, EPISODE 3 HERE

IF YOU MISSED EPISODE 1, YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT HERE

IF YOU MISSED EPISODE 2, YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT HERE

READ CHAPTER 1 OF KARAOKE NIGHTS AT THE TWILIGHT LOUNGE HERE

READ CHAPTER 2 OF KARAOKE NIGHTS AT THE TWILIGHT LOUNGE HERE

READ JEAN’S AGENT QUERY LETTER HERE

IF YOU MISSED JEAN’S PROLOGUE, YOU CAN READ IT HERE

In episode 2 of “Getting Published, with Jean Tennant,” Jean explained how she was going about her search for an agent and shared her query letter with us.

In episode 3 of “Getting Published, with Jean Tennant,” Jean reports back after having sent out several queries, and we share some listener feedback. Join Jean and Paula B. as we discuss:

  • What’s happened with the agent queries she’s sent out
  • Why she’s tweaking her agent query letter, and how
  • Why she’s leery of overpolishing her work
  • How she feels about following “the rules” writing experts lay down.

Jean also reads more excerpts from her work, which we discuss, and she releases chapter 2 for us to look at.

We invite you to offer your feedback on Jean’s work by commenting on our blog and/or writing to Paula B. at paula at writingshow dot com. Or, stop by Jean’s Web site and give her an atta girl.

Interviewee: Jean Tennant
Host: Paula B
Date: November 29, 2006
Running time: 37:46
File size: 23 megabytes
Rating: G
Jean Tennant’s Web site: www.jeantennant.com

6 Responses to “Podcast: Getting Published, with Jean Tennant: Episode 3”

  1. DanielS Says:

    This chapter 2 was even better than the prologue and chapter 1, especially wihthe way it takes us back to the nineteen sixties. Just one question, and maybe I’m showing my age but I thought Chubby Checker sang The Twist but NOT the Peppermint Twist. Still, it didn’t take away from the excellent chapter and my interest in seeing more.
    DS

  2. Administrator Says:

    Hee hee. Great minds think alike, Daniel. Or at least picky minds. I made the same observation about the Peppermint Twist. I believe Jean has corrected her copy, but obviously ours remains in delightful error.

    I think Jean is a terrific writer. Our next show will be very interesting, as she’s received a comment from an agent. (If you want to cheat, you can find it on our site linked from both “Getting Published, with Jean Tennant” sections in the right-hand column.

    Best,
    Paula

  3. Kristy Says:

    I think I liked the chapter 2 better than the first two parts posted. I noticed this chapter two was set in a different time, and I’m wondering if more of the book will be placed in the 60’s. The characters of the three friends were more interesting to me than the characters in chapter one. I think I could read an entire book of just those four girls. Will the book continue on from that point or will it come back to the present time?
    Kristy M

  4. Administrator Says:

    Hi, Kristy,

    My understanding is that the book goes back and forth in time. But I will forward your comment to Jean and let her answer you.

    Paula

  5. JTennant Says:

    To Daniel:
    Man, that’s going to haunt me. Such a little thing, yet I know the importance of accurate research so I really regret the error.
    I’m glad you liked the chapter anyway.
    Jean

  6. JTennant Says:

    To Kristy:
    The book moves back and forth between Sophie and her friends in the ’60s and ’70s, and Thea’s story in the present time. Eventually, their stories merge.
    I have to admit, I think I had more fun writing Sophie’s story. Maybe it was the nostalgia factor, but I enjoyed researching that time period, probably because I lived it as well.
    Thank you for taking the time to comment.
    Jean