So true —

Janet Reid says —

Describing a character only in terms of race and sexuality: sexy Latina; hot black; frigid bitch (this one was a Labrador retriever I’m guessing)

If you think that’s an enticing way to describe a character, any character, you’re querying the wrong agent.

Ha ha ha ha ha! Okay, maybe the lab reference doesn’t strike everybody else as all that funny, but I definitely smiled.

Also! This exact detail is one that I totally see when I am occasionally coaxed or browbeaten into or otherwise wind up reading some aspiring writer’s first effort at writing a novel. I’ll have to remember to ask: Wait, is this beautiful blond with the dark eyes a labrador retriever?

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