Thursday, July 8, 2010

Noah Lukeman

Today's post will have to be quick because I am still working on Guinevere's guest post for tomorrow and I need all my free time for that but I just quickly want to say how cool Mr. Lukeman is.

I'm sure you recall I discussed that seemingly strange email that I received from him yesterday. Well I was suspicious enough of it for whatever reason that I replied, asking if it was really him and what the catch was. This is how he responded:

Dear Matthew,

Thank you for writing.

Yes, this is really me. There is no catch: I am just trying to do my best to give back to the writing community, in whatever way I can. I am always happy to give away whatever free material that I can, and to see authors prosper from it. Feel free to let others know.

Best of luck in your writing.

Best wishes,

Noah Lukeman

Sure, it's short and sweet but I checked out all the links he provided yesterday and they are legit, and in fact they are also some very useful resources for us writers and even though he has written several successful books on writing Mr. Lukeman is still giving some of these ones away for free.

I do find myself sometimes wondering how they find the time to do it. I mean people like Nathan Bransford, Kate Shafer Testerman, Kristin Nelson, and of course Noah Lukeman are some of the most successful agents in their industry, reading literally hundreds of thousands of query letters ever year, numerous manuscripts as well, and yet they still find the time to give freely of the knowledge they have worked so long and hard to earn.

I would just like to take the time to say than you.

Any thoughts? Please don't forget to come back tomorrow.


Kristine Asselin said...

Thanks for sharing this, Matt!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

They are incredible, aren't they? If I ever get published or get a job in the publishing industry, I hope I can help other aspiring authors a tenth of how some of those people have helped me. Nathan Bransford made the query letter not only possible, but sort of fun. :)
Thanks for posting up the links!

S.A. Larsenッ said...

It's comforting to know there are those out there who are grateful for their success and are willing to help others along. I do agree, Matt. How do they find the time?

I think it's priorities. It's important to them, so they make the time. That's wonderful.

Thanks for sharing, Matt.

Joanne Brothwell said...

Very cool! I'm off to check out the links.

Thanks Matthew!

Will Burke said...

I'm also curious to check him out. I appreciated your comments on Tossing It Out too, very insightful!

Candyland said...

Yeah, much like I talked about yesterday with Matt Brady, it's awesome when they take the time from their busy day to respond. So cool!

Hannah said...

That was awfully cool of him!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't where they find the time, either.

Old Kitty said...

All looks good - but he has to understand why you were a bit sceptical yesterday - I mean how did he discover your email and how to contact you? Glad to know he responded!

Take care

Jemi Fraser said...

Very cool! I downloaded one of his free ebooks before - very helpful.

The writing community is amazing - so many helpful and generous people! :)

Creepy Query Girl said...

I agree. Without the blogging agents, I'd probably still be in my hole in france, sending out paper queries to the british agents in the U.K.

K. M. Walton said...

I hear you Matthew.

On Monday I emailed Nathan Bransford a you tube link to a song parody I wrote for unpublished writers. He actually watched it and even emailed me back! How cool is that?

Christina Lee said...

wowee very cool!

About Me said...

Yup, these folks are great. The advice that I've learned through these agents is invaluable. In fact, I didn't know just how clueless I was until I started reading their blogs.