I recently asked friends on social media what they’d most like to know about writing—the most popular response had to do with writing a book. How do you start? What do you do when you’ve finished? Since we’re heading into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), the beginning seems like a very good place to start. … Continue reading So You Want to Write a Novel?
The internet is filled with resources on how to query, how many queries to send at a time, and how to write a query letter. But today I want to talk about something that I haven't seen discussed nearly as much: The fact that many querying writers shelve a manuscript without actually having sent out … Continue reading Querying Is A Numbers Game
If you’ve pitched at a conference, chances are you’ve read articles and blog posts about how to pitch. You’ve written out an elevator pitch. You’ve revised it until it shined. You practiced it in front of a mirror. And you were scared out of your mind when your time came to face the agent across … Continue reading What No One Tells You About Pitch Sessions
Next week I'll be at the Storymakers conference, where I'm one of the agent liaisons. (I've spent more time than I care to think of in the last week scheduling pitch sessions and sending emails about said pitch sessions). As part of my job, I also get to field questions from attendees about how to … Continue reading Eight Tips for Pitching your Book at a Conference
It's time for another round of Thinking in Threes, where we an agent, editor, or author three questions and they answer each with three(ish) answers. Today's guest: the fabulous Tricia Lawrence of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency. We were able to snag this whip-smart agent for the Writing for Charity conference this year, so in advance of … Continue reading Thinking in Threes: Tricia Lawrence
Welcome back to "Thinking in Threes," our interview series where we ask an agent, editor, or author three questions, and they answer each question with three answers. Today I'm thrilled to welcome my own agent, Ammi-Joan Paquette.Joan was on my list of dream agents before I even began querying, so naturally, I sent my manuscript … Continue reading Thinking in Threes: Ammi-Joan Paquette
For aspiring writers, there are several different ways to connect with agents (and editors) to represent your work. By far the most common is cold querying (which, contrary to what some believe, does work). You can meet agents at writing conferences (I did)--and you can participate in online writing contests.I love a good writing contest. … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Online Contests