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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How to Publish a Book

How to Publish a Book: The Ultimate Guide

September 25, 2018

So you’ve finished writing your book—perhaps a lifelong dream—and now you want to get it published. Where do you go from here? You poured your heart and soul into the writing, and I hope you also spent countless hours editing and revising. Any seasoned expert will tell you: All writing is rewriting. Certainly the writing […]

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Editors’ Wish List When Working with Nonfiction Writers

Editors’ Wish List When Working with Nonfiction Writers

December 28, 2017

What follows is common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many novice writers skip too many of the suggestions on this list. You can get a leg up on the competition by following these to a T. And if you’re primarily a fiction writer, you’ll find much of this advice applies to short stories […]

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Common writing mistakes

The 5 Most Common Mistakes I See in Beginners’ Manuscripts

May 3, 2016

It doesn’t sound fair. It doesn’t seem right. But here’s a dirty little secret of the writing life you need to hear: Any veteran editor can tell within two minutes whether they’re going to reject your manuscript. It takes longer to decide whether they’ll recommend it for purchase, of course, but—sad to say—it can, and […]

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