How to Write a Compelling Synopsis Your Simple Guide

How to Write a Compelling Synopsis: Your Simple Guide

February 17, 2020

You know writing a book is going to be hard, even grueling. But synopsizing it should be easy. So, why does it feel so intimidating?  It’s not just because you must convince an agent or a publisher (in as few as 500 words) that your novel or nonfiction manuscript will succeed in the marketplace. It’s […]

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Winning Book Proposal

July 15, 2019

You’ve poured your entire self (and a ton of time) into writing your book. Now it’s time to shop your manuscript to agents and publishers. The next step is to write a winning book proposal—designed to persuade an agent to ask to see your manuscript and consider representing it to publishers. Book proposals vary in […]

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How to Get a Literary Agent (And Why You Need One)

How to Get a Literary Agent (and Why You Need One)

March 26, 2019

Book publishing can be… Confusing Complicated Stressful Especially when you face it alone. But even I don’t try to navigate the publishing world by myself, despite having been an author, an editor, a publisher, and a writing coach over the last 45 years. That’s why I have an agent. To land a traditional publishing deal—where […]

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How To Write a Query Letter That Grabs an Agent’s Attention

How to Write a Query Letter That Grabs an Agent’s Attention

January 8, 2019

You’ve done the hard part. You’ve spent ages researching, writing, and rewriting until you finally feel your book is ready to share with the world. Not so fast. Your next step is one of the most important. Writing a query letter can determine whether a literary agent asks to see more or sends you a […]

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How to Format Your Manuscript (Even If You Hate Computers)

November 27, 2018

Before an Acquisitions Editor or an Agent reads a word of your manuscript they can tell if it’s properly formatted. That’s crucial. Why? It’s about more than looks. Sure, they’re going to decide on buying your work largely on the writing and market potential. So why is formatting so important? Any errors will have to […]

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