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Upcoming Agent Spotlights and Query Critique Giveaways

Danielle Burby Agent Spotlight Interview on 9/25/17
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Quressa Robinson Agent Spotlight Interview on 10/30/17

AGENT SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW WITH LAUREN SPIELLER and QUERY CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY

Today I’m thrilled to have agent Lauren Spieller here. She is an assistant literary agent at TriadaUS Literary Agency.

FYI, I’m taking over the agent spotlights from Casey. I will be providing all the same information we’ve shared in the past in an interview format. In addition, one lucky commenter will win a query critique from the agent being interviewed.

Status: Open to submissions.

Hi¬ Lauren! Thanks so much for joining us.

About Lauren:

1. Tell us how you became an agent, how long you’ve been one, and what you’ve been doing as an agent.


I joined TriadaUS in July 2016, having worked in children’s scouting and as a freelance editor, and it’s been a wonderful first few months! My focus has been on building my client list, so I spend most of my time reading submissions, meeting with editors, and pitching projects! In fact, my first sale was finally announced earlier this month—a YA Fantasy entitled The Weight of Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth, which sold at auction to Harper Teen and has already been picked up by publishers in France and the UK. I’ve wanted to tell the world about Laura’s gorgeous novel since December, so it’s fabulous for both of us to finally get to talk about it!

About the Agency:

2. Share a bit about your agency and what it offers to its authors.

TriadaUS is a close-knit agency lead by Uwe Stender. We support one another’s clients every step of the way, from the moment we first consider a project, through contract negotiations, all the way to publication and beyond. This means clients not only get my full attention, they’re getting the attention of all TriadaUS’ agents. We’re also eager to pursue film and foreign rights, and so we work closely with subagents abroad and in Hollywood. Our clients work hard on their books, so we work hard for our clients!

What She’s Looking For:

3. What age groups do you represent—picture books, MG, and/or YA? What genres do you represent and what are you looking for in submissions for these genres?

I represent Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels. I’m interested in all genres, though I gravitate toward Contemporary and Fantasy. At the end of the day, however, I’m looking for a strong hook, a killer voice, and a story that can stand the test of time. If your book fits that description, I’d love to see It! For my full wishlist, you can check out the TriadaUS website (www.triadaus.com), ManuscriptWishlist.com, or my tweets tagged with #MSWL!

4. Is there anything you would be especially excited to seeing in the genres you are interested in?

I’d love to find a heartfelt Middle Grade with a touch of magic, a feminist YA Contemporary with a fabulous voice, and a literary YA Fantasy—I’m a sucker for beautiful prose. I’m also always on the hunt for underrepresented voices, so I welcome those projects in absolutely any age category or genre.

What She Isn’t Looking For:

5. What types of submissions are you not interested in?

I’m not a good fit for dystopian fiction right now, not because I don’t enjoy it (I do!), but because it’s very difficult to sell. I’m also not looking for paranormal romance or ghost stories unless the concept and voice are really special.

Agent Philosophy:

6. What is your philosophy as an agent both in terms of the authors you want to work with and the books you want to represent?

I need to love a book with all my heart, and I want to work with authors who are hardworking, compassionate, and committed to writing the best stories possible.

Editorial Agent:

7. Are you an editorial agent? If so, what is your process like when you’re working with your authors before submitting to editors?

I am, though what that means differs depending on the manuscript. Sometimes that means brainstorming the way to address a specific problem in the manuscript—slow pacing, clunky dialogue, an unbelievable plot point—while other times it means line editing. Ultimately the book belongs to my client, however, so they have the final word on revision.

Query Methods and Submission Guidelines: (Always verify before submitting)

8. How should authors query you and what do you want to see with the query letter?

Please send a query letter and the first ten pages of the manuscript with the word QUERY in the email’s subject line, along with the age category and genre (ex: QUERY YA Fantasy) to lauren@triadaus.com.

9. Do you have any specific dislikes in query letters or the first pages submitted to you?

It’s frustrating when authors don’t include pages, or when they lead with a long explanation for why they wrote the book, or with a lengthy biography. It’s always best to let the book speak for itself. That means telling me why you’re querying me (short and sweet is best), what your book is and how long it is (YA Fantasy? 80k words? Check!), giving me a 1-2 paragraph summary of the premise (not a full synopsis!), and then a quick bio and signature. That’s it!

Response Time:

10. What’s your response time to queries and requests for more pages of a manuscript?

It’s our policy at TriadaUS to respond to queries within two weeks, so I do my best to do just that! Manuscripts take longer, though I try to respond within 2 months.

Self-Published and Small Press Authors:

11. Are you open to representing authors who have self-published or been published by smaller presses? What advice do you have for them if they want to try to find an agent to represent them?

Absolutely, as long as their new work has not yet been published. My advice is to make sure your new manuscript is very strong, and that they have their existing contracts at hand in case the agent has questions about their existing commitments.

12. With all the changes in publishing—self-publishing, hybrid authors, more small publishers—do you see the role of agents changing at all? Why?

I think agents need to wear a lot of hats: editorial, sales, branding—you name it. For me, it all comes together in one package: advocate. I’m going to do my best to provide whatever each individual client needs, be in a bulldog when it comes to contracts, a editor when it comes to revisions, or a cheerleader when it comes to their very first sale. That’s my job, and I love it!

Interviews and Guest Posts:

13. Please share the links to any interviews and guest posts you think would be helpful to writers interested in querying you.

Here’s a sampling:
-Writer’s Digest: http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/lauren-spieller
-Manuscript Wishlist: http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/mswl-post/lauren-spieller/
-First Five Frenzy: https://chasingthecrazies.wordpress.com/2016/10/28/first-five-frenzy-with-lauren-spieller-of-triada-us-literary-agency/
-Michelle4Laughs’ blog: http://www.michelle4laughs.com/2016/07/query-questions-with-lauren-spieller.html
-Valerie Cole’s blog: http://valeriefm80.blogspot.com/2017/01/agents-like-us-lauren-spieller.html

Additional Advice:

14. Is there any other advice you’d like to share with aspiring authors that we haven’t covered?

The best advice I can give is to build your writing community. Publishing is a hard business, and we all need someone to rely on, someone to hold our hand when things are tough, and to celebrate when things are going our way. Find your community, and cherish it.

Thanks for sharing all your advice, Lauren.

Lauren is generously offering a query critique to one lucky winner. To enter, all you need to do is be a follower (just click the follower button if you're not a follower) and leave a comment through May 13th. If your e-mail is not on your Google Profile, you must leave it in the comments to enter either contest. If you do not want to enter the contest, that's okay. Just let me know in the comments.

If you mention this contest on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog, mention this in the comments and I'll give you an extra entry. This is an international giveaway.

Have any experience with this agent? See something that needs updating? Please leave a comment or e-mail me at natalieiaguirre7@gmail.com

Note: These agent profiles and interviews presently focus on agents who accept children's fiction. Please take the time to verify anything you might use here before querying an agent. The information found here is subject to change.

94 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this thorough interview. Enjoyed all the links for learning more about Lauren, too. I don't have anything in the MG or YA category right now, so I can't take advantage of her query contest, but she sounds like a terrific agent. Thanks for these informative posts, Natalie.

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  3. Love being a regular reader here now! This is a great site! As a PB writer, I'm excited to know more about Lauren's love of picture books. But I feel confident I'll find out soon - I'm happy she is attending the NJ SCBWI June gig!! Thank you, Natalie!! And Lauren too - for being generous w/ her time & knowledge!

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  4. Lauren sounds wonderful, would love to have her in my corner as my agent, cheering for me. Please Natalie, add me for the query critique giveaway.

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  5. In case I haven't told you, I'm really enjoying the interview format. And Lauren sounds like a great agent :)

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  6. Thanks for the interview! It's always helpful to hear directly from agents!

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  7. I love these interviews - so so helpful :)

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  8. I keep hearing that dystopian YA is hard to sell right now. I guess that makes sense; the market has a lot of really good and recent material already. But it must kind of stink for those writing it.

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  9. I agree a community is needed. It's about impossible to publish alone.

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  10. Thanks for the excellent interview, Natalie. Lauren sounds like a fantastic agent. I hope to have a polished manuscript to query her with very soon. Meanwhile, please enter me in the contest. I will also be tweeting about this interview.

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  11. Thanks for this great interview! Lauren, I love that your sum your role up in the word "advocate." Perfect.

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  12. It's a pleasure to meet Laura. Thanks for the interview!

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  13. Insightful interview with Laura, and TriadaUS looks like the type of agency I'd like. Enter me in the contest. I'll be tweeting @infowoman1 and posting on FB as Kathy Halsey. TY both.

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  14. Great interview, and thanks for your passion in advocating for writers who want to create the best stories, Lauren.

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  15. Great interview! I've tweeted about the contest. monicachess26(@)gmail.com

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  16. What a lovely agent! I'd love to win a query critique from her.

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  17. PB query critique would be wonderful. Thanks much.

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  18. Would love this, Audraspicks@gmail.com

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  19. Thank you for the informative interview!

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  20. Great interview. I'm going to be querying anyway, but a query critique is always welcome.

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  21. I've enjoyed the interview, Lauren. All the best to you! Jarm@me.com

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  22. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, Lauren. Your devotion is infectious!

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  23. Would love to win the query critique. I have a contemporary MG with sprinkles of magic, so Lauren sounds like a dream agent for me. Glad I found this place!

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  24. great interview! (bethany.hensel@gmail.com)

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  25. Very informative. Love this interview series. Please sign me up for the query critique at abhinavnbhat@gmail.com

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  26. I have two writer friends who have Uwe Stender as an agent, and I've heard a lot of great things about their agency. I definitely recommend people query them!

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  27. I'd love to win a query critique from Lauren! danette.byatt@gmail.com Thank you!

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  28. Thanks for the great interview! :)

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  29. Great interview! Triada is well respected and on my list. I'd love a critique! Thanks for the insight.

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  30. I remember Lauren from when she was a fellow Pitch Wars contestant several years ago and was giving others fabulous query advice. So thrilled to see she's found her calling as an agent!

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  31. Great interview! I'd love to have her opinion on a query. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  33. I enjoyed reading your interview! Thank you for all of the great tips. I retweeted this link on Twitter. 😀

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  34. Thank you for the interview, Lauren and Natalie!

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  35. I don't see the follow button...maybe I already am following? Anyways, this was a great interview. Thank you!

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  36. Thanks so much for another wonderful interview! kimberde@gmail

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  37. Thanks for another informative interview!
    Angiedickinson06@gmail.com

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  38. I appreciate Lauren's advice about building a writing community! Thank you for entering me twice for a critique; I mentioned this contest on my blog. profrbailey@aol.com Thanks!

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  39. Considering I'm querying two picture books, this was good information for me right now. Thanks! :)

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  40. I sent Lauren a query today:> Wouldn't it be funny to win a query critique from her on that one?! Literary Rambles is one awesome blog!!

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  41. Thank you for the advice and the hope!

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  42. Great interview! I love your blog and have recommended Literary Rambles to many writers in my critique group!

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  43. I've seen Lauren's name pop up a few times lately. It's great to get to know her better. Thank you for the interview.

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  44. Great interview. Thanks for the tips and links. My email address is ournorthbay@gmail.com. I have added this post to my Facebook Page too. Thanks.

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  45. Great interview! Laura is on my query list, and i know my project might be something she's interested in.

    My emailis vepeay@gmail.com

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  46. I love agent interviews, thank you both for taking the time to answer questions we writers always have! =)

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  47. I'm so excited for Laura Weymouth, so congrats to both of you! Thanks for a terrific interview and the insight :)
    jacy@jacymerrill.com

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  48. This is awesome! Thanks for keeping these interviews going :D
    Will be tweeting it (@BrekkeWrites)
    Brekkewrites@gmail.com

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  49. Such a great interview! I'm going to tweet about this soon @elisa_stryker
    elisastryker@gmail.com

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  50. Awesome! Will be tweeting @carmackcaroline ccarmack333@gmail.com

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  51. Awesome interview! Thank you to the both of you. I already follow Lauren on twitter and plan to query her in the near future. My email: athornton352@yahoo.com

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  52. Great advice Lauren. Thank you.
    @RebeccaSheraton

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  53. Congratulations on your first sale, Lauren! May there be many more. I've tweeted about the query critique.

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  54. I appreciated the interview a lot! Congrats to you, Lauren. So exciting.

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  55. Great article and thanks for the query critique giveaway!!!

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  56. Enjoyed the interview and the opportunity to win a critique! My email is: patriciamillerbooks@yahoo.com

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  57. I love the thought of an agent being my advocate.
    Shared on twitter and Facebook

    (I think my Google profile is connected to my email, but just in case...) lexicalcreations@gmail.com

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  58. Thanks for sharing this insightful interview and the opportunity to win a query critique. I shared on Twitter.

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  59. Great interview and so helpful to read when I'm trying to research agents to query. My email is Christina@jbwpro.com

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  60. It's nice to meet Lauren. Love the advice about building your writing community. I agree, it's such a big help in so many ways.

    Thanks for hosting, Natalie. Appreciate your time and effort. I'll pass on the giveaway. Have a good week!

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  61. Thanks for this detailed interview. I'm in the process of polishing ing my MG novel and would just love a query critique!

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  62. Such helpful advice. Thank you! And thanks, Natalie, for continuing the tradition.

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  63. Thanks for the interview, Lauren! Reading about an agent's approach is always enlightening.

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  64. I don't see where to follow, but I'll comment...

    Thanks for the insights. Great interview, Lauren and Natalie!

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  65. Great interview. An advocate for authors - I like that!

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  66. Good interview!
    (I don't write in these genres, so don't enter me :) )

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  67. I enjoyed reading about the collaborative approach at the TriadaUS Literary Agency. I've tweeted about this interview/giveaway - @LeahSchanke. Thank you!

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  68. I enjoyed reading about the collaborative approach at the TriadaUS Literary Agency. I've tweeted about this interview/giveaway - @LeahSchanke. Thank you!

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  69. Sounds like an excellent agent to work with. Congrats on your first sale!

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  70. Great interview--it's always helpful to read these on your blog when I'm researching agents. It's interesting about dystopian not selling; good to know. I like the fact that Lauren has an editing background; that's sure to come in handy as an agent, and a good quality to have! :o)

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  71. Congratulations on The Weight of Worlds! Great interview - thanks for the querying tips!

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  72. What a great interview! Thank you for the tips and for the great agent highlight. She seems like someone I would love working with. It would be great to participate in the Query Critique Contest.

    P.S.: I mentioned this Query Critique on my Twitter for the Contest (@MoniqueMihali14)

    :)

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  73. What a great opportunity, and a great article! I'd love to be entered in the Query Critique Contest.

    Thanks!
    Ashley

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  74. Thanks for the informative interview and for the opportunity to enter the query critique contest.

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  75. Thank you for sharing these insightful interviews! I posted the link to this contest on facebook and would love to be entered. My email is c dot roberts dot yu at gmail dot com.

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  76. Thanks for the great interview and I would love a query critique!

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  77. Awesome interview, thanks for the tips Lauren. I have a YA fantasy manuscript that may be up your alley and would love a query critique, if possible. My email is nhlowrey@gmail.com

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  78. Great interview. Always interesting to gain insight into the publishing world.

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  79. Very informative interview. Thanks to Lauren for the tips.

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  80. Great interview! I would love to win a query critique from Lauren. shanah dot salter at gmail dot com
    thank you!

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  81. It's very helpful that Lauren is so specific about what she likes and doesn't, thanks!

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  83. I've been querying this week and found this interview as I researched agents. A query critique would be a valuable prize! Thank you for your archives of info.
    (My email: sarahannpaulkATgmailDOTcom)

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  84. Thanks for this interview! Very helpful!

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  85. I'm very excited about this query giveaway. I have a new YA/New Adult novel that is almost finished and I would love a chance to query her if she's interested in a story with about lesbian and FTM trans drama/love story.

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  86. Oh I'd love Lauren to help with my query for my new MG Fantasy. She's helped me a few years ago with pitches and a query and I like her style! I mentioned this query opportunity on my blog, twitter and my Facebook author page.

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  87. I'm working on picture books and a YA fantasy, but it's hard to find an agent who reps both! Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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  88. Great interview Lauren and Natalie! I have written a YA Paranormal Romance, but maybe Lauren will find the "concept and voice really special." After all, every product of art is subjective. My email is: mariahrose.coa@gmail.com

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  89. Great to get the inside story. I would love to have my story 'The Master Glider Maker' critiqued. Thank you! Emma Little elittle@westnet.com.au

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