Posted on May 22nd, 2013 | 8 comments
Many of you have been reading my blog for a while, but you might not be aware of how much information is available in my archives. Just as a refresher, I wanted to highlight some posts you might find helpful.
Have you seen my DEFINITIVE post on How To Get Published?
Do you need to know How to Find a Literary Agent?
A great title is an important aspect of attracting an agent’s or editor’s attention. Here’s how to create a perfect title for your book.
Did you know I have a list of qualified freelance editors on my website?
By the way, all those pages can be accessed by clicking on the tab at the top of the blog that says “Popular Posts.”
Do you need to know where to find tons of publishing information and discussion online? See my list of Writing & Publishing...
Posted on May 13th, 2013 | 49 comments
Dear Rachelle, People are always telling me, “You should write a book!” For years I have been ignoring them, but more and more people are telling me that I shouldn’t let my experiences be wasted, that I need to share them because they are not only inspirational, they will make people laugh, make them cry, and entertain them. I’ve finally decided I need to bite the bullet, so I’m starting with you. Can you help me? Signed, Hopeful Memoirist
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I get several query letters each month that begin with some variation of: “For years, all my friends have been telling me I should write a book.” Maybe it’s because of an amazing incident or an inspiring life journey. Maybe you’re funny or have a way with words. Whatever it...
Posted on Apr 29th, 2013 | 38 comments
Today I’m covering some back-to-basics information. While people have always asked me about the advantages of having an agent, I’ve noticed an increase in the frequency of the question in this age of independence and do-it-yourself. People want to know: Do I need an agent? If I had one, how would they help me? Is it worth paying out 15% of my revenues?
Not everyone wants or needs an agent. Your job is to assess your situation and decide if it is the kind of partnership that would serve you. Here I offer you an overview of the ways the right literary agent can enhance your writing career.
What kind of publisher do you want?
You only need to consider an agent if you’re interested in pursuing traditional, full-service, advance-and-royalty paying publishers. If you’re...
Posted on Apr 10th, 2013 | 40 comments
One of the best things about the Internet is that it’s so easy to find information. One of the worst things about the Internet . . . is that it’s so easy to find information.
Much of the information is misinformation. So let’s bust some myths.
Myth: Getting published is a catch-22. You need to be published in order to get an agent; but you can’t get published without having an agent first.
Truth: You don’t need to be published to get an agent. Getting published is hard, but is not a catch-22. We need fresh voices, so there are always new authors getting published. Have you noticed that most agents accept queries? Query letters are most often from unpublished authors, since published authors will typically come through a referral or personal relationship....
Posted on Apr 8th, 2013 | 75 comments
Over the last few months, I’ve read posts around the web about how literary agents aren’t needed anymore. Agents are just “middlemen.” Extraneous. Who needs them? Everyone can just self-publish, or work with a publisher on their own…right? Such is the word on the street.
But some people aren’t saying those things. Want to guess who?
(And of course, all the writers still seeking representation from us.)
The people who are loudly proclaiming literary agents “dinosaurs” and “unnecessary” have a limited understanding of what agents do. (Recently, agents Steve Laube and Janet Grant each gave a rundown of what they do in a typical day.)
Agents are not just middlemen. Agents are more than gatekeepers.
Agents are business partners and trusted advisors.