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A Book About Writing That Will Change Your Life

Posted on September 30, 2010 at 9:00am 2 Comments

Erin Hosier endorses Betsy Lerner and the She Writes Live event October 6th.



It's no secret that Betsy Lerner is to me what Emerson was to Thoreau, de Kooning was to Rauschenberg, and what Rabbi Shmuley was to Michael Jackson. (Okay, maybe what Madonna is to Lady Gaga might be a more apt example.) I have often told the story of… Continue

What Makes a Great English Teacher?

Posted on August 29, 2010 at 10:00pm 10 Comments





Erin Hosier reconnects with an early influence...



Recently my favorite teacher from high school, who is now retired, contacted me via Facebook. I was shocked that she remembered me. I don't think I ever got higher than a C (maybe a B-) in either of her English Lit or Composition classes. She was really, really tough, but in the best way: challenging, dynamic, rebellious, a little kooky. And… Continue

What Do You Do All Day?

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 9:30am 8 Comments

Agent Erin Hosier answers the question inquiring minds want to know...



Someone recently asked me what I do for a living. I told the stranger that I work in publishing. What sort of publishing, he wanted to know. Book publishing, I answered. I work with writers, I allowed. So you’re an editor? Actually, I admitted, I’m an agent for authors. I’m a literary agent. “What’s that?” He asked, eyeing me skeptically.… Continue

The Great Competition for the Saddest Story Ever Told

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:48am 30 Comments



Dear Erin Hosier,



My name is REDACTED and my memoir is titled Life's Not Fair. I grew up with a father who idolized Hitler and turned out to be a pedophile. As a child I blocked out memories that he molested me. When I was a teenager the police raided our home because he had child porn on his computer. My mother has paranoid schizophrenia and our father refused to let us see each other for about a decade. At school I was tormented by bullies and at…
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A Book About Writing That Will Change Your Life

Erin Hosier endorses Betsy Lerner and the She Writes Live event October 6th.It's no secret that Betsy Lerner is to me what Emerson was to Thoreau, de Kooning was to Rauschenberg, and what Rabbi Shmuley was to Michael Jackson. (Okay, maybe what Madonna is to Lady Gaga might be a more apt example.) I have often told the story of how I magically picked up a galley…See More
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A Book About Writing That Will Change Your Life

Erin Hosier endorses Betsy Lerner and the She Writes Live event October 6th.It's no secret that Betsy Lerner is to me what Emerson was to Thoreau, de Kooning was to Rauschenberg, and what Rabbi Shmuley was to Michael Jackson. (Okay, maybe what Madonna is to Lady Gaga might be a more apt example.) I have often told the story of how I magically picked up a galley…See More
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At 6:57am on May 8, 2010, Rebecca Rasmussen said…
Hey Erin -- I posted a link to your AGENT page on my Facebook page; hope you don't mind. I just love your pieces so so much!
At 9:37am on March 21, 2010, Lily Iona MacKenzie said…
What is the agent's page?
At 12:19pm on March 19, 2010, Eileen Granfors said…
Welcome to shewrites. Your point of view will be very helpful!

Eileen

www.eileengranfors.blogspot.com

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