Open Phones: Advice Roulette

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Need advice? Call in to ask for advice you need, and while you're on the phone give some advice to another listener in need. 

Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692 at 11:40 this morning with a problem you need advice for. Be prepared to give advice to another listener, too. 

Comments [16]

***icle*** from The Bronx

I enjoyed the segment, "Advice Roulette", and surprised at how knowledgeable the participants were. I felt bad for that last woman who gave good sincere advice, but expressed emotional disappointment at not being able to ask in return. I advise that next year, U allow the last participant to ask on air, and receive comments online. ***icle***

Dec. 30 2011 12:37 PM
jennifer from yorkville from yorkville - upper east side

thanks, everyone! i've just become a member of the scbwi and am registered to attend their conference in nyc in january! when i become the jk rowling of esl books and am interviewed on the brian lehrer show, i will be able to say that i got my start from advice roulette!
this is a great segment. i hope you continue it, brian {and brian's staff ;) }

Dec. 29 2011 01:30 PM
Edward from NJ

@jennifer from yorkville, self-publishing isn't the dead-end, last resort that it once was. If you can put together a well designed book, you can market it on social media pretty inexpensively. This is especially true if there's clear market that isn't currently being served. If you have a series of books in mind, showing that it's salable by actually selling one may attract interest from agents and publishers.

Dec. 29 2011 12:43 PM

Jennifer from Yorkville: I second the suggestion to join SCBWI. I have learned a ton about the industry and the people in it, through this organization. The conference is coming up, too!

Engaged Guy: Red flag if you are already less-than-happy with your partner. Are you sure you want to marry this person? If so, you can try the guest's suggestion--a great one--but the bottom line is you need to consider the probability that she is not going to lose weight. Ever. Then decide if you want to spend the rest of your life with her.

Dec. 29 2011 12:26 PM
Tom from uws

@Jennifer, re: literary agent

Your observation is on the mark: agents, as well as publishers, tend to be specialized.

First you check the bookstores for books "lie yours" or intended for the same audience. Keep a list of all the publishers, because you may want to send some transom submissions if you don't locate an agent right away. Also, those titles and author names are important information to have later for a proposal: the more you know about your potential market, the better.

Second, try to use the author names to discover their editor and/or agent names. Today, just Googling an author's name and title of the book may lead you to an agent web site, where their "stable" of authors, and titles they've sold, may ap0pear. Also keep an eye out for author websites - pretty common at this point, and often containing a link to their representation. Also look at author acknowledgments, where editors and agents may be thanked. Finally, interviews with authors may contain similar mentions.

A bit of research like the above will lead you where you want to go. There is no list per se!
Good luck - and remember to save the information you collect along the way. It can come in handy later.

Dec. 29 2011 12:21 PM
Susan from New York City

For the pregnant woman who wants to bring on labor: While I am not a health professional (nor have I ever been pregnant), my understanding is that in situations where both mother and baby are healthy it is perfectly safe (and normal) for labor to begin as late as two weeks after the due date. That said, when my sister was several days (in one case more than a week) past her due date when carrying each of her three children, her doctor told her to take cod-liver oil. Her instructions were to get a pint of chocolate ice cream (full fat!), blend the ice cream & cod-liver oil (I don't know how much) together in a blender and drink. While I would urge you to run this by your doctor or midwife before trying this method, for my sister it worked every time! Good luck.

Dec. 29 2011 12:09 PM
jennifer from yorkville from yorkville - upper east side

thanks for the extra advice on how to find a literary agent. i think what i'm really looking for is how to find a GOOD literary agent! someone who will work hard and share my "big idea". i've tried looking up the lit agnts of authors i like but i'm having a hard time finding that info.
advice? suggestions?

Dec. 29 2011 12:09 PM
Gia from NJ

I agree with Tom Williams' comment.... if this soon-to-be-married guy is thinking and feeling that way about the woman he's about to wed, God help her if she gains an ounce after the big day. His attitude will just get worse and it won't be pretty.

The best thing he can do is be honest with her right now and let them talk it out and, if need be, split up. It'll be less messy than a divorce.

Dec. 29 2011 12:09 PM
Amy from Manhattan

To Tamara(h?), due dates aren't exact, they're just estimates. I hope you can wait & let the baby come when the time is right.

Dec. 29 2011 12:01 PM

Why don't they just end Advice Roulette with Brian? The last caller could ask their question to Brian and he'll give his advice.

Dec. 29 2011 11:58 AM
Fposki from NJ

For the woman who is looking for an agent for her children's book, I would recommend she visit the site This is a community of children's book writers and illustrators, and editors and agents frequent the site and boards. Good luck to her!

Dec. 29 2011 11:57 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Aw! Please tell Ellen she can ask for advice here in the comments!

Dec. 29 2011 11:57 AM
Gia from NJ

For Jennifer who is looking for a literary agent for the children's book she's working on, if she joins the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) chapter in her city/state, at least once a year or more they will have a conference and there will be editors there from various publishers, and you can show them what you have produced and get feedback.

There's also a very busy Yahoo group of like-minded writers who share this type of info.

And there is an annual Writers Illustrated book published about how to get into the children's book business and it contains several sections and leads about getting an agent.

Good luck!

Dec. 29 2011 11:57 AM
Liz from homebirther in washington heights

Tamara (due date tomorrow)

if this is your first, mentally tack on 2 weeks to your due date. it's really a due month (2 weeks before/after).
DON'T DO castor oil. could make the fetus have a bowel movement inside and aspirate fecal matter.
walk. have lots of sex (prostaglandins in semen help labor). listen to your body! i tried all the above to get active labor going and my little girl didn't kick start the big show until i laid down to rest and she heard her brother come home. ina may gaskin's book guide to childbirth has great labor stories. might give you ideas. best of luck!

it's like any baking. it's not coming out of the oven until it's ready and done!

Dec. 29 2011 11:54 AM
Tom Williams from Laguna Beach CA

the best way the future bride could lose weight and get in shape is get rid of him. Anyone who will call a talk show and essentially call his fiance fat is a loser and should be lost

Dec. 29 2011 11:52 AM
Jeff from 07040

to the expectant caller:
Have the biggest Lobster dinner. Lobster has the highest naturally occurring level of pitocin of any food. And good luck!

Dec. 29 2011 11:50 AM

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