Special thanks to @JPGarlandAuthor for directing me to “A Consciousness of Reality” by W.H. Auden (Feb. 27, 1954 via The New Yorker) which inspired the following: It strikes me how conflicted we become when there is great tension between our inspiration and the circumstances we feel a civic duty to pay attention to. And this [...]
By: Jaime Dill As soon as schools start wrapping up and ice cream parlors reopen doors, I want one thing only-- to read a beachy, summer romance. It's horribly cliche and extra funny given the fact that I rarely read romance novels. Yet, here I am, finished with Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton and craving [...]
Writing a query letter sounds easy enough. You read some basic tutorials on how to assemble all the basic components, sit down to compose, and then your brain grinds gears and you spontaneously combust. Am I right? In all my time helping authors through this harrowing process, I have come to expect complaints and trouble [...]
Manuscript formatting can be a pain—especially if you wait until your work is complete before bothering with it. This can be a temptation, but preparing your document before you begin to write will save you time and headache later. More than this, agents and publishers will likely take you seriously if you present to them [...]
“Beta reader” is a term that gets tossed around a lot in the publishing industry. You would imagine that such a standard term would be easy to define. But there’s actually a lot of contention and confusion concerning what exactly a beta reader is, what their function should be, and when exactly they are supposed [...]
Publishers, even small ones, are most often thought of as the ticket to your writing success. If you can get one to like your work, it’s all money and movie deals from then on, yeah? Unfortunately, there are plenty of small publishers that don’t have the means to deliver on their promises to help you [...]
You've been on the market and querying publishers for a while now and have accumulated enough rejection letters that you’re starting to think outside the box. Big names don’t seem to want to notice you so you’re beginning to consider small publishers, luck of the draw Twitter pitches, and maybe a sketchy offer from some [...]
Readership comes after publishing…right? As writers, we all sit around occasionally daydreaming about the big day our book becomes famous and we’re getting cramps in our hands from signing so many hard copies for fans. Who am I kidding? It’s way more often than “occasionally”. We often picture publishing as the moment when our book [...]
Someone offhandedly said to me recently that I’d make a good literary agent.
While I do love helping prepare writers for publishing, I had to laugh. Being the punching bag stuck between the rock and hard place of publisher and author is not my cup of tea.
But it did get me thinking about what it takes to be a literary agent. I mean, would I even meet qualifications and know what I’m doing?
So naturally, I started researching. And I knew instantly that what I found out was something you seriously need to know.
Needing to hire someone to edit your manuscript can be a stressful task. It’s stressful enough to worry about whether you can afford it. Then on top of that, you worry whether the person you hire will actually be any good. Before you know it, you’re wondering if any of your choices are the right ones for you and your book.