4 Things to Do for Your Book (Besides Write It)

Writers in the twenty-first century have to be more than just writers. Depending on your work and how you want to reach readers, you also have to act as an editor, marketer, spokesperson, advocate, or even entrepreneur for your work. As you complete and finesse your latest manuscript, here are four side To-Dos to keep … Continue reading 4 Things to Do for Your Book (Besides Write It)

How do I get a literary agent to like me? And other writer’s conference questions

Forced socialization never ceases to freak me out, even when it might benefit my career. Networking events and conferences can be nerve-wracking when you're just starting out, and writer's conferences are no exception. I spent last weekend at the Atlanta Writer's Conference, pouring over my manuscript and practicing my pitch in the lobby of a … Continue reading How do I get a literary agent to like me? And other writer’s conference questions

(Jittery) Thoughts Before the AWC Writer’s Conference

I love writer's conferences. I've got a manuscript critique and one (possibly two) agent pitches scheduled. I get to meet writers from all over and agents and editors from New York. I get to sip drinks and chat about upcoming projects, both mine and others, at a lovely hotel near the Atlanta airport. I also … Continue reading (Jittery) Thoughts Before the AWC Writer’s Conference

How many agents should you query at once? And other questions

I just sent out my very first queries this past week! Through research and my (admittedly limited) experience, here are a few tips I picked up along the way. 1. How do I know my query letter is bullet-proof? My first draft of my query had grammar mistakes and was unclear to follow. Have people … Continue reading How many agents should you query at once? And other questions