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 … Continue reading Does writing fiction matter during a pandemic? Yes.
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 … Continue reading Listen to your heart- a case for following your writer instincts
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 … Continue reading 3 Hardest Parts of Your Query Letter, Made Easy
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 … Continue reading How to Properly Format Your Manuscript
“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 … Continue reading The Proper Role of the Beta Reader
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 … Continue reading How to Recognize a Bad Publisher (part 2)
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 … Continue reading How to Recognize a Bad Publisher (part 1)
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 … Continue reading Early Readership and Why it is Vital to Publishing Success
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.
#PitMad is a Twitter hashtag event used by agents and unsigned authors alike with the goal of connecting the two.
During the event, unagented writers are invited to share their story pitch via tweet with the #PitMad tag. Agents will be spending the day reading tweets with these tags, “liking” the tweets that they are interested in and eager to receive further material from. Best case scenario, an agent likes your tweet, loves your additional material, and then offers you a contract!