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)
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
Brenda Copeland @BrendacopelandEvery good book has to be about at least two things. There must be a rising tide. And there must be an undercurrent.
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If you love an author's book, post an online review on Amazon, Goodreads or wherever you like to go to "discover" books. You will be helping other readers and the author. Even if you don't love it, a thoughtful review is always appreciated. #pubtip, #amreading
Brooke Warner @brooke_warnerI’m astounded by the number of #authors who come to me for coaching who admit that they don’t read the #genre they’re writing in. Sometimes, especially with memoir writers, they even express disdain for their chosen genre. It's YOUR genre now--so own it, and get to know it!
I find this to be true as well. Know your genre and your competition. #pubtip
Writers, when querying agents, check agency guidelines online. Most lit agencies have extensive, informative websites detailing how to submit. Electronic submission generally preferred. At JDA,we have phased out hard copy submission. #pubtip,#amwriting, #publishing
Writers, when querying agents, refrain from telling us your book is "big" or our next "bestseller." It's a big turn-off, and chances are, we may delete your query altogether. Instead, hook us in with the premise or thesis of your proposed book. Just sayin' #pubtip, #publishing