NYC-area literary agent, former editor, unabashed foodie, culture hound, citizen of the world, dedicated environmentalist, proud mom, dances to a Latin beat.
Montclair, NJ (NYC area)
I am constantly surprised that prospective authors will cold call an agent rather than check their website first to see if the match is a good one for their work, and what the submission requirements are. Taking that extra step can make all the difference. #pubtip
So many query letters from prospective writers are rambling or unclear. Often, titles are mystifying. This is a sure road to rejection. Before submitting to a lit agent, take care to craft the best possible letter to showcase your smarts and talent. #pubtip
I have noticed an uptick in snarky responses by writers whose work we do not take on. Lit agents know how frustrating the process can be for writers, but we are under no obligation to offer representation. The agent who fully embraces your work is the right one for you. #pubtip
It always amazes me how many clients move without notifying their agent. If you are an author, remember to keep your lit agent, editor & publisher apprised of address changes as long as your book remains in print or available in some form. #pubtip
Some writers send out query letters literally as a stab in the dark, hoping to connect with an agent or publisher. By doing research into who might be responsive to review your work & crafting a superb and respectful query, you will increase your chances of success. #pubtip
Self-publishing is now a viable option for authors. But that means literally doing everything yourself: writing the book, getting it copy-edited, designed, produced, distributed, marketed, and sold. Are you prepared to do this? Not to mention investing $$ in the process. #pubtip
If you are a writer approaching an agent or publisher, craft your query carefully following established guidelines, and run it by a number of trusted readers before sending. Many queries go unread because they are so poorly written. #pubtip
Brenda Copeland @Brendacopeland"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."
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Best writing tip ever! #pubtip
Writers: when querying agents, do not address your letter to "Dear Sirs." (Indeed, at our agency, there are no sirs on staff!) Do a little research on agency websites and other listings of agencies and choose a specific agent to address. Just sayin'. #pubtip, #publishing
Diane O'Connell @WriteToSellEvery single scene in your novel should be focused on moving the story forward. Watch video for more #writeadvice youtube.com/watch?v=p3DJXX… #amwriting #writetips
Juliet Madison @Juliet_MadisonA common reason for book rejections is "I couldn't connect to the character..." I've gone through all the character building strategies that have worked for me and put them into a downloadable course - now available! 😀😀writingmojoacademy.com/character-mojo… #amwriting #writetip #characters