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Friday, May 14, 2010

Friendship Across the Miles

It goes without saying that pilots get around, right? Well, despite traveling to and from Seattle several times a year for the past eleven years, I never ran into Northwest Airlines, now Delta, First Officer Karlene Petitt until we both arrived separately to TWT (Twitter).

Karlene and I met by having her talk me down from a literary ledge at the writers' conference I attended in February. I was ready to throw in the towel on my whole writing career, such as it is, because I just couldn't find the words to describe my novel, A Silver Ring, succinctly (pitch it) to a literary agent. Karlene talked to me for well over an hour, and really seemed to "get" the uniqueness of what I'd written. She helped me distill its essence down into a pitch I tucked into my hip pocket that got me business cards and invitations to query six list-building agents! "That's gold, Jerry! Gold!"

As if that wasn't enough, Karlene's been mentoring me along all this time, and believes in me strongly enough to have made me the focus of her blog feature, "Fabulous Friday Flyers" today.

I hope everyone seeing this will stop by and take a look at Karlene's brand of friendship in action. It's a humbling thing.


  1. Hey, that's terrific! We all need a buddy to talk us down from the ledges.

  2. Usually that's what the wife gets stuck doing, but since she got her book contracted without an agent, she was a little "overqualified" on that particular occasion to work the mental health hotline...

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Cynthia! I'm so lucky to have such great writer friends!

  3. Hey we have something in common - I am an airline pilot (retired), and an author of a book (The Power of Raw Thought)!!

    surinderJsingh on twitter

  4. Yeah, real overqualified-lol! I'm glad she was there when I didn't have any more words:-)

  5. Hey Captain Singh, congrats on your retirement AND book! Stay tuned to my blog, because I'm going to talk about retirement on my next post, Monday! I'll follow you up on Twitter, thanks for stopping by!

  6. The wonders of Twitter never ceases to amaze me ;) Glad you found a friend to talk you down, and glad you're still on the write path.


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