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A Lesson in Online Dating…er…Finding an Agent

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Finding an agent is akin to dating online. You research which agencies to send your query to much like you’d decide which app to download the most fabulous pics of your cute self (if you’re single, of course). You read the bios of agents who represent fellow writers of your genre the same way you’d scan a potential partner’s profile for similar interests. You read about the authors they already represent. Is the potential mate in it for a booty call or a long-term relationship? Do elements of a story excite them? Do physical attributes align with your personal preferences? Is the book made with the stuff that’ll keep them engrossed to the point where they’ll “miss their subway stop?”…

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‘Life is Good’ Book Wants You to Enjoy the Ride

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It may be the quintessential American success story. But for entrepreneurs, clothing manufacturers and authors Bert and John Jacobs, their business plan, their brand and their very lifestyle boils down to three simple words: Life is Good. With those three words, the Jacobs brothers stumbled upon not just success and a $100 million clothing company—they found the principle that governs their lives. And, they say, if you let this kind of optimism govern yours, you can live a life of better health, resilience and fun. Life is Good, The Book: How to Live with Purpose and Enjoy the Ride (National Geographic Books, September 2015) is not simply the story of how the Jacobs brothers turned $78 and a used minivan…

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