Right now you'll make much more progress by hitching your wagon to a team rather than trotting solo. You get a ton done on your own, but you need a more social dynamic to get ahead. This group will help you hone a whole new set of skills that will impress a group of movers and shakers that you thought were beyond you. On the contrary, you'll discover that with enough effort and ambition, practically nothing is beyond you.
I kid you not. Now, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I’m training with Team in Training to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so this horoscope seems very prescient to me. But fundraising for the team is getting a bit difficult, in part because so many people are now giving money to help the refugees whose homes were wiped out by Hurricane Katrina. Now, don’t get me wrong, but you are already giving those folks money! It’s called your tax dollars at work. I read today that FEMA is giving out debit cards with $2,000 on them to refugees who register for them. Also, the last time I checked, Congress was voting to give about $68 billion dollars in aid to New Orleans. So, please, please, think of all of the other causes that are now struggling for help. Here are a few links to get you started:
Meanwhile, they say desperate times call for desperate measures, so here’s an idea. And keep in mind that you are reading it first because you actually read my blog. So lucky you!
For the period September 15th through November 1st, I will accept unsolicited sample chapters (not to exceed twenty-five  pages), plus a synopsis (not to exceed five ) pages. I will read said sample chapters and I will respond with a written explanation of what I think of them (in most cases this response will be only one  page). But wait! Yes, there’s a catch. This service will be provided on unsolicited sample chapters only if the author includes a seventy-five dollar ($75.00) contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the submission.
Now, before everyone goes nuts and starts screaming “reading fee,” please note the following: This is a charity fundraiser. I make no money off this. Also, I normally do not accept unsolicited materials. Here I am agreeing to read unsolicited sample chapters if you make a charitable donation. My teammate is offering massages to those who give certain amounts. You want one of those instead, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
All checks should be made payable to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Your submission must be POSTMARKED between September 15th and November 1st. I will make all reasonable efforts to reply within thirty (30) days. All donations to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society are tax deductible. I will receive no part of your check, though your contribution does support my efforts with Team in Training and goes toward my fundraising goal for El Tour de Tucson. Your donation in no way guarantees that I will respond favorably to your work. Your donation in no way improves your chances of gaining representation. All your donation does is allow you to send along an unsolicited sample chapter and synopsis and guarantees that I will read it and send you a written response with my opinion, rather than a form letter.
Please review the Submission guidelines and Manuscript Preparation Guidelines on my website before sending any material. An SASE is still required for the response.
Questions may be posted here and I will respond here.