Debut author Julie Shepard shares her nervousness in receiving a request for a full manuscript from a literary agent’s assistant—and why waiting to hear from the actual agent was worth it.
Author Gillian French explains how being willing to send manuscripts out for feedback opened up the publishing door—leading to an agent and eventual publication.
Author Nancy Kress (TOMORROW’S KIN) shares seven things she’s learned in her forty years of writing—from the roles of editors and writing instructors, to the ups-and-downs of a writing career.
Literary agent Tanusri Prasanna is open to queries! She is seeking picture books and middle-grade and young adult novels.
Author Kelly Oliver explains how getting inside other people’s heads can help fiction writers learn to explore contemporary social issues.
Freelance editor Meg LaTorre-Snyder explains the areas where freelance editors, particularly developmental editors, can help fiction writers, and when you should turn to one.
If you’re a loyal reader of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and the print version of Guide to Literary Agents, then you we’ve consistently featured debut authors. These writers share their stories of how they broke out, how they found their agent, what they did right, what they’d do over again,...
“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Angelica Baker, author of OUR LITTLE RACKET) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction, as well as how they possibly got their literary agent—by sharing seven things they’ve learned...
Literary agent Brittany Booker Carter of The Booker Albert Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking contemporary and paranormal romance in the young adult and new adult categories, and romance in adult fiction.
Fearless Writing author William Kenower shares how he’s learned to conquer his distaste for the query letter by remembering his love for what he’s querying for.
Debut author Diksha Basu shares her story of how asking for a little guidance helped her land a literary agent, and how choosing the agent she knew would push her the most has helped her career.
Sara Alexander explains how talking speaking to her agent about sex scenes in her romance novel allowed her to create vivid, real love scenes in her novel, Under a Sardinian Sky.
Literary agent Shaheen Qureshi is currently seeking literary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on historical fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as memoirs, cookbooks, and graphic novels.
Kristin Lenz shares the potential power of participating in contests far and wide, including how it landed her a book deal and helped some of her colleagues.
Twitter pitching events have become an enormously popular way for author to connect with literary agents by pitching their completed manuscript on Twitter under a hashtag. Here are some tips to make sure your experience goes well.
Agent Justin Wells of Corvisiero Literary Agency shares his opinion on why conferences and workshops are absolute musts for writers today, whether it’s a big or small event.
Literary Agent Anjali Singh has been with Ayesha Pande Literary for 2 years. In this profile, learn about her best writing and pitching tips.
At some point, whether you’re self-publishing or preparing to submit a full manuscript to an agent or small press, you’re probably going to need a freelance editor. Here’s four tips from an indie author on how to prepare for the editing experience.
A snippet from Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018, in this short interview, debut picture book author Mike Malbrough talks about the importance of connections and face-to-face interactions in the children’s literature industry.
Author Karen Dionne (THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER) discusses her process in writing her breakout novel, and why changing genres and exploring new characters and plots might just be the key to standing out.
Literary agent Becky LeJeune of the Bond Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking commercial YA and a variety of genres on the adult side, including horror, science fiction and fantasy, and thrillers.
Author Kristen Lepionka (THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK) shares seven thigns she’s learned on her writing journey—from learning the importance of patience and building a community to being organized on all levels.
Former journalist and current thriller writer Michael Martinez shares five things that journalism taught him about writing fiction—including paying attention to details, researching, and economy of words.
Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Connor Eck of Lucinda Literary) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. About Connor: Prior to finding a home at Lucinda Literary in 2016, Connor began his career...