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A Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic agreed to read one of my recent adult stories, "The Mystery of the Disappearing Duck-hooks." A Sherlock Holmes story set at a golf course.

The critic--I'll keep him anonymous here in case I ask him to look at other stories--said that the story was "enjoyable" and "a diverting read."

Not the kind of praise you'd put on a book jacket (it's part of a volume of golf stories), but I appreciated it, coming as it does from an eminent literary critic.

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Gatz
#1 - August 24, 2019, 09:13 PM
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That's great, Gatz! Congratulations! :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader
#2 - August 24, 2019, 10:08 PM
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What a wonderful compliment! If that's in writing you may want to frame it!   ;D
#3 - August 24, 2019, 10:46 PM

That's wonderful feedback, congrats!

PS: My husband loves golf stories. Is the book in process, or already published? Thanks!
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Gatz, how lovely. Even if you cannot use it for a blurb, you can treasure these words.
#5 - August 25, 2019, 07:11 AM
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Way to go, Gatz!  :stars3
#6 - August 25, 2019, 09:50 AM
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Very cool, Gatz! Congrats!!
#8 - August 25, 2019, 02:27 PM
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YAY, Gatz!! What delightful feedback! Keep up the good work.   :yay
#9 - August 25, 2019, 03:46 PM

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Fantastic!
#10 - August 25, 2019, 03:52 PM
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Love this! All validation is good validation.
#11 - August 26, 2019, 07:03 PM
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Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. They provide a real morale boost for me.

Christine, in answer to your question, the book is finished, critiqued, professionally edited. But it's probably not going to be published, unless I do it myself, because no agent seems to be interested in a story collection, at least one by an unknown author.

This makes me so sad, since I've gotten serious praise for a couple of the stories from The New Yorker and Esquire, and now the Pulitzer winner. Seems to make no difference to agents.

I may try a Kickstarter campaign.

Best wishes for all of your writing.

Gatz

P.S. Christine, if your husband would be interested in reading one of the stories, I'd be happy to send it.
#12 - September 02, 2019, 07:43 PM
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Gatz, do think about self-publishing or hiring someone to do the work for you. There's a good one in my area: https://www.palmettopublishinggroup.com/  The only reason I didn't go with them is because I wanted to have full creative control so learned how to do many technical things--alas I have a bit less hair now  :-\ I did hire an artist for cover/logo and very pleased. I posted some tips here: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2018/07/showing-off-my-new-book-baby-with.html  I say all this because if I can do this, you can too. Esp. since all the hard work of writing the book and editing and polishing is done.
#13 - September 03, 2019, 12:08 PM
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Vijaya,

Thanks so much! I'm looking into this.

Gatz
#14 - September 03, 2019, 03:06 PM
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