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Strong Female Characters

When I attended the International Thriller Writers' Conference in New York City during the Summer of 2009, those who registered for the AgentFest portion of the event were allowed to pitch themselves and their work one-on-one, face-to-face with literary agents. As I courageously pitched my current fiction manuscript, Wiggle Room , to a beautiful female Manhattan agent, she asked, "Do you have any strong female characters in your manuscript?" Suddenly, I was struck by what many agents, publishers, and readers are seeking ... strong female characters. I answered the agent truthfully, "No, but I can fix that!" Luckily, I was recently able to pose my own question to freelance editor and author Helen Ginger on The Blood-Red Pencil blog . I asked Can you define a strong female character? Ginger's detailed answer and the comments to follow have been enlightening. I invite you to the link: The specific blog post written by Helen