After ninety-nine rejections from agents, and then even more from publishers, Shannon Parker learned to query by interning for a literary agency. And her inspiration for never giving up? Her six-year-old son.
If you’re trying to switch genres, you might find the road—and the writing—difficult. Here are four simple tips to follow for shifting gears within the Young Adult genre.
Literary agent Kaitlyn Johnson is open to queries! She is looking for young adult, new adult, and adult fiction in a variety of genres.
Promoting your book in a digital with a flooded marketplace is more difficult than ever. You need as much help as you can get. That’s where developing a street team to assist you can help. Here are some tips from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.
Literary agents receive thousands of solicited and unsolicited submissions in their respective query inboxes. As a writer, follow these 10 tips give yourself the best chance of standing out in the slush pile.
Literary agent Kortney Price of Holloway Literary is open to queries! She is looking for middle-grade, young adult, and new adult fiction.
The popularity of online writing contests on Twitter has exploded—and it’s time to take advantage of this unique way of making connections with agents and editors. Here are some important benefits of pitching your writing on Twitter.
Literary agent John Bowers of the Bent Agency is open to queries! He is looking for Southern Gothic and Souther-influenced literary fiction, as well as science fiction and dystopian fiction. He’s also interested in narrative nonfiction.
The publishing industry can leave you with more than a few bumps and bruises along the way—from changing agents to losing editors and struggling with marketing. Veteran author Tom Leveen shares seven things you need to know as you begin your authorial career.
Book tours can go a variety of ways—from a packed house, bolstered by the support of friends and your publisher, to a sparse crowd. Debut novelist Jason Rekulak shares a few tips for surviving your first book toor.
The glamorous writer life—working eight hours a day on your manuscript, reviewing edits, and rolling royalty checks—may be more myth than fact. A writer’s life is very different, and much harder, after that first publishing contract. Here’s one writer’s story.
Literary agent Damian McNicholl of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency is open to queries! He is looking for literary and commercial fiction, as well as a variety of nonfiction subjects.
If you’re writing a novel or a short story and want it to stand out, it’s essential that your writing be original. Here are two simple and effective ways to get you headed in the right direction.
Literary agent Claire Easton is open to queries! She is looking for a variety of children’s picture books, as well as young adult and middle grade fiction.
Crowdfunding sites have become a legitimate option for writers who wish to self-publish. Learn about crowdfunding tips, success stories, and hybrid crowdfunding options.
Crowdfunding sites have become a legitimate option for writers who wish to self-publish. Learn how to define a crowdfunding strategy and choose a crowdfunding site.
Justin is looking to represent middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult novels. For middle grade, he is actively seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, and historical fiction. In young adult, he is seeking fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, adventure, historical fiction, contemporary, and dystopian. For new adult, he is seeking fantasy, contemporary romance,...
Rejection is difficult, frustrating, and discouraging. It can be every negative adjective you might find in the thesaurus. But it can also help build persistence, even in the face of rejection by some two hundred literary agents. This was the kind of test I faced after completing my first adult novel. I never intended...
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Amanda Ayers Barnett of Donaghy Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Amanda: Amanda began her publishing career 20 years ago, fresh out of Middlebury College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course. She has worn...
It’s not enough to just write prolifically. You need to develop an audience, and deliver them excellent content. Here’s 15 ways to handle developing an audience as a writer.
Harlequin author Rhenna Morgan shares five tips for writing crackling romance that keeps your readers turning pages.
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Michael Caligaris of Holloway Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Michael: Michael Caligaris has been working in publishing since 2013. After earning an MFA in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College, he co-founded...
Every journey leading to publication and success is different—this one followed the indie author path before landing a traditional book deal.
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Claire Roberts of Trident Media Group) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Claire: Claire Roberts had a very successful career in publishing already, focusing on selling rights internationally for...
So you’re in the query trenches. You’ve been gritting your teeth through this process for months, weeks, years, millennia, and suddenly, an e-mail comes in with the golden ticket: OFFER OF REPRESENTATION. The call goes beautifully, you are ready to sign. Then your inbox dings again. And so it begins. ...