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A tug on the line

Thursday, December 20th, 2007 @ 12:53 am | Comments Off

What a nice early Christmas present this year. After shopping for some new pants and shoes, I stopped by the mailbox and there was a reply letter - not a form letter, but a personalized one.
Dear Mr Wheeler: I am intrigued by your query and would liek to consider... Read More


Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 @ 4:20 pm | Comments Off

Had another dose of rejection from a third agent, but I'm still confident. I sent out queries to five more this last weekend to try and increase the odds. As Napoleon Hill once said: "Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."Read More

Young people reading less

Monday, November 19th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm | Comments Off

A week ago I was in New York City on a business trip. While I was eating a burger in Central Park and enjoying the beautiful day in Manhattan, I thought about the agent I was still waiting to hear back from. Funny how thoughts can trigger actions. Friday when... Read More

First pitch…and it’s a miss

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 @ 3:44 pm | Comments Off

I received my first rejection letter for Wretched after returning home from a quick business trip to Phoenix. One of my mentors, Sharon Kay Penman, has always said that writers waiting for responses from agents or editors is like dangling and twisting slowly on tenterhooks (an idiom for being in a... Read More

Sept 11th

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 @ 11:52 am | Comments Off

Today is the anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks. My wife and I talked this morning about how much was different now than then. Six years ago, I took a commuter train from Livermore to the Bay Area. I didn't have a cell phone, only a pager, and my wife sent... Read More

The Gauntlet

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 @ 12:36 pm | Comments Off

This month (August) is going to be focused on editing the final manuscript of Wretched and getting things ready to submit to an agent. I bought a copy of the 2007 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market and went through it the other night looking for agents. I'm going to start... Read More


Thursday, July 5th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm | Comments Off

Last Saturday I finished the initial draft of The Wretched of Muirwood. So far, it is around 32 chapters and close to 300 pages long. It has taken nearly a year to complete, and I know there will be some major editing going on, but I'm pleased with how this... Read More

Elfstones of Shannara movie

Thursday, June 7th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm | Comments Off

I heard in the news yesterday that my favorite book of all-time (Terry Brooks' Elfstones of Shannara) will be made into a movie. I am very excited about the possibility, and also a wee bit nervous. You never know what Hollywood is going to do to a film until you... Read More

Marble Valley School

Friday, May 18th, 2007 @ 4:14 pm | Comments Off

I just got back from El Dorado Hills where I met the folks at Marble Valley School. I was invited over for an author's conference and talked about the process of writing, publishing, and success at writing. If any of the kids from there wander by my website - just... Read More

The Death of Reading (originally published in Deep Magic)

Friday, May 18th, 2007 @ 4:10 pm | Comments Off

The Death of Reading

By Jeff Wheeler   I studied Latin at San Jose State University under the stark tutelage of Professor Marianna Olcott,... Read More