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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 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 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.
Author Red Flags: Authors Agents Avoid
Submitting a book proposal to an agent works a lot like submitting a resume to a prospective company. As an agent, you get a lot of "re
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
Agent Red Flags: Agents Authors Should Avoid
Since anyone can technically call themselves a literary agent, agents come in all shapes and sizes. Here are some to avoid.
Five Foolproof Ways to Catch a Literary Agent's Eye
It's hard to get a literary agent's attention. How do you stand out in hundreds, thousands of emails?
How to Get 1,000 Contacts in Nine Days
Hope Bolinger talks about how she was able to acquire 1K connections in less than 10 days. And no, she didn't pay them. And no, it wasn&
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