Write a Killer Query Letter, Part 2

You must include the agent’s name – not “dear agency”, not “to whom it may concern” and definitely not “dear agent.” Also agents despise multiple submissions, especially ones that include (stupidly in my opinion) multiple agencies. Make your e-query tailored to one specific agent, as you would a snail mail letter. Start out with a […]

Network, Network, Network

Join writing communities or go to writer’s conferences in your area – network, network, network! A warm entry/referral to an agent is always better than a “cold” query. Work up an awesome one liner pitch of your novel and be prepared to sell it in a 30 second time-slot with a prospective agent or editor. […]

Make Your Literary Agent List

So you’re ready for your next step. Get online and search the internet for agents in your genre – my favorite site was Agent Query which lets you search by genre, subject, or keyword. Check out published books in your genre and look in the acknowledgments – it will usually mention the agent. Start compiling […]

So you wrote a novel, now what?

First of all make sure that your novel is around 100,000 words. Publishers these days will not take on longer novels unless you’re J.K. Rowling. And agents – well that’s one of the first things they look for. Finally, even when you think it’s ready for submission to agents – edit, edit, edit. Don’t just […]

Fantasy Novel LoveList

A few of my classic and more recent favs: – Tolkien: Lord of the Rings trilogy – J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter series – C.S. Lewis: Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Narnia series (7 books) – Phillip Pullman: His Dark Materials trilogy – Holly Black: Tithe, Ironside, Valiant – Melissa Marr: Wicked Lovely – Christopher Paolini: […]

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