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A few years ago, a friend of mine sent me a desperate email. He had a big lump of manuscript filled with stuff that went here and there and over there and around the corner and through the trees and over the hill only to cross the finish line at Daytona. He had exactly three […]

For those of you playing the Storygridding the Tipping Point home game…at long last…we’ve reached the beginning of the ending payoff of the journey. Let’s pick up from the “Staring Down the First Draft” post from August 18, 2015. It’s now June 1998, just about eighteen months after Malcolm Gladwell signed his Little Brown contract […]

[Episode 2 of The Story Grid Podcast is available here, transcript available next Tuesday] It’s Tuesday September 3, 1996, 10:23 a.m. After she’s hung up the phone with Bill Phillips at Little Brown, Janklow & Nesbit literary agent Tina Bennett gives herself the permission to enjoy a two-minute rush of adrenaline. Phillips had called her […]

It’s a little after ten a.m. on Tuesday September 3, 1996, the day after Labor Day when book publishing gets back to work.  A call comes in to the editor-in-chief of Little, Brown…Bill Phillips. “He’s unable to take come to the phone at the moment, but he will return the call at his earliest convenience. […]

It’s a Friday morning in the summer of 1996, around 10:15. Tina Bennett’s bosses at the Janklow & Nesbit Literary Agency have had their coffee and have read through the Times, the Journal and the Post. There are about forty-five minutes to kill before their car services ring reception to let them know that their […]