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Congratulations to our friend Phyllis Carol Agins for being our featured client! Phyllis first impressed our Review Board back in 2007. Since then, it’s been a joy for us to work with her!
PHYLLIS DISHES ON WRITER’S RELIEF: When I started writing professionally, the midlist was still thriving. Then all the changes in the book industry arrived. For me, as well as for most writers, there is never a question of putting away the pen, of shutting down the computer, of ignoring those impulses for storytelling that arrive daily. But how to navigate this new landscape of submission rules, electronic opportunities, and deadlines?
I found Writer’s Relief to be invaluable. In fact, it’s one of the greatest tools I’ve discovered in my decades of writing. I may be an unrelenting writer, but I’ve always been a tepid marketer. Writer’s Relief has forced me to become as disciplined at marketing as I am at writing. Twenty-five publications later, my short story career is flourishing. And I’m excited to send out my recently completed novel, The Protection of Salt, with Writer’s Relief’s clear eye for placement and unfailing advocacy.
My friends at Writer’s Relief are not simply my proofreaders (although we’ve had lovely discussions about comma use). From time to time, I’ll timidly ask: “What did you think?” When the response is “Wow,” or even, “We don’t like the title,” I know I’ve found more than a marketing service. Writer’s Relief takes real pride in my success.
ABOUT PHYLLIS: Phyllis Carol Agins’ publishing history includes the novels Suisan (1992), Never the Same River Twice (coauthored with James Andrew Freeman, 1994), and her children’s book, Sophie’s Name (1992), which remained in print for 16 years. Also in 1992, One God, Sixteen Houses, an architectural study, was published.
Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of literary journals including: Verdad, Eclipse, Whiskey Island Magazine, Soundings East, Westview, Limestone, Pearl, Argestes, Art Times, and Kalliope. Additionally, Lilith Magazine has recently published two excerpts from her new novel, The Protection of Salt.
A longtime resident of Philadelphia, Phyllis wrote a travel essay, “Steps into China’s Culture,” which was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. She taught writing at Penn State University/Abington Campus and served on the board of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference for more than 14 years. When she was only 12 and impossibly adolescent, she was given a map-your-life journal. She started writing then and, despite a life with more “twists and turns” than a romance novel, she has never stopped. Visit: www.phylliscarolagins.com to learn more.