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A young author and editor navigating the publishing world
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Why Are Publishers and Agents so Hard to Get a Hold Of?
"If you give them an inch, they'll take a mile." My acquisitions editor friend told me this. And although she was referring to a...
What Happens if My Publisher Goes Under?
What happens if my publisher goes under? It's more common than you think. In the traditional market, authors are bound to experience...
What Agents Do When They Don't Send Out Your Work
Having been both a client and an agent, I completely understand the frustration of waiting. But agents don't sit on their hands, I promi
Why Won't Traditional Publishers Pick Up My Self-Published Book?
You only sold 24 copies of your self-published book and want to go traditional. So why are agents rejecting it?
Where I've Been in the Hiatus
Good morning, writers! Sorry for the delay in posts. It's been a whirlwind of a month.
Why Agents Send Form Rejections
Before I became a literary agent, I absolutely hated form rejections. After I became a literary agent, I still absolutely hated these.
Please Don't Pitch Agents on LinkedIn
Trust me on this. You will seem far less professional if you try to pitch your manuscript on this network.
How Many Rounds Does It Take to Get a Book Contract?
It took me years to realize I had a lot more people to impress to get a book contract than just an agent and a publisher.
Good Versus Bad Query Letters
As an agent, I get literally hundreds of submissions a month. Some of my colleagues receive thousands. In fact, according to "So You...
5 Writing Conference Pitching Tips
I've been on both ends of the desk for one-on-one writing conference pitches (agent and author). Here are some tips before you sit down
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