This past week, I received partial edits for my book proposal. Throughout, there were a disconcerting amount of strikethroughs.
“We’re aiming for conciseness,” my agent wrote. “We want to make every word count.”
As a writer born into a family that brandished “brang” with alarming regularity, I’ve clung to an editing checklist that prioritizes grammar. Achieving…Continue
Added by Sarah Wolfgang on March 14, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments
This is the final installment of three blog posts in which I discuss steps I took in seeking literary representation, above and beyond that oh-so-frequently-bandied advice of “write the best book you can.” In the first installment, I discussed the process by which I set up validated Author Pages for…Continue
And every time I turn on my computer, I find there's more to learn. Each agency has its own vibe and within each house, the different agents all specialize in different genres. And each house has its own submission guidelines and preferences and tastes. Oh, and…Continue
Added by Laura Brennan on July 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments
This is the second of three blog posts in which I discuss steps I took in seeking literary representation, above and beyond “write the best book you can, and polish it ‘til it shines.” In the first installment, I discussed the process by which I set up validated Author Pages for myself on both …Continue
Back in early spring of 2014, I set myself a two-part writing goal: I would finish novel revisions by the beginning of summer, and I’d give myself a year to seek a literary agent to represent me. I did finish those revisions by May, and I signed with Jonathan Lyons of Curtis Brown, Ltd., by the end of July. In terms of the revisions, well, it’s on any writer to do her best, but…Continue
For the past few weeks I’ve been querying Literary Agents in hopes that one will take the bait and represent my new novel, The River Keeper. To date I have sent out 47 proposals and out of those I have only received two personal messages back. I took one agent’s suggestion to heart and revised several chapters per her input. I do believe the changes improved the book and I am thankful to that agent.
The second personal message sort of hit me in the gut. It read like…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on January 20, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments
Diane Lefer is the author of The Fiery Alphabet, her tenth small press book to be published. It was released on September 5th by Loose Leaves Publishing after making the rounds of publishers since 1986. She Writer Dorothy Bendel, author of…Continue
Steps to Find the Right Book Agent to Represent You
If you are writing a book, you would need to publish it somewhere. And for that, you need a publisher. If you are new in the industry, you surely wouldn’t have too many contacts and your network must be small, so you need a literary agent to get to the publisher. Literary agents act as middlemen between book authors and publishers and simplify the whole process. They make it easier for both the parties to find each other. It…Continue
Added by Aiesha Wells on June 10, 2013 at 10:17pm — No Comments
I can’t believe it’s June already. Last year by this time I’d probably caught thirty or forty fish out of the New River. Finally this past Saturday I had the opportunity to spend the day floating down the New. I only snagged five Bass, but one of them was the biggest I’ve ever caught. I know you’re all wondering how many my husband, Jerry caught because he always beats me. Well, I can’t lie. He reeled in twenty! Yes, that’s what I said, twenty. But it wasn’t my fault; someone had to keep the…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on June 4, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments
With the proliferation of publishing options—traditional publishing, self-publishing, partner publishing, package publishing, e-books, p-books, and so on‑-many authors find themselves stymied by which route is best for them and…Continue
A few days ago I finished the second re-write of my third novel, The River Keeper. Now for the final read through. I love this part. To be able to simply read the story without fixing plot holes and grammar. On August 22, 2011 the first words were written. It took me one year and eight months to write and edit this novel. How do these famous authors spit out three and four new books a year?
I know these people are rich and have house cleaners and nanny’s to pick their…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on April 29, 2013 at 8:15am — No Comments
I didn't start out 2013 motivated.
I was beginning to grown tired of my novel. I was dedicating so much time and energy to it and it got to a point where I began to doubt my work. I doubted that the words on the page were good enough.
Twitter was abuzz with people getting agents and winning contests and I was revising - again.
Then 2 things happened to snap me out of my funk:
1. I found two great CP's
2. I finally won a…Continue
Added by PM Kester on January 15, 2013 at 9:28am — No Comments
This week, I sent my revised book proposal to an interested agent. Fingers crossed.
For those of you who haven't yet begun the book-selling process, here’s how it begins:
You need an agent. Literary agents are the baleen to the publishing industry's whale. The Brita to the publishing industry's drinking water. The pan to the publishing industry's gold, according…Continue
Added by Lizbeth Meredith on November 26, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments
Three agents are currently “reading” my manuscript. Two women and one man. And though I am a happily married heterosexual female, I can’t help but think of these three as potential mates. Landing an agent is really a lot like dating. And no matter how self-confident you are, at some point all your insecurities come into play. You start to wonder: Am I good enough? Will he or she like me? Does this manuscript make me look fat? Ok, maybe that last one is a bit much, but you get the idea.…Continue
Added by Aline Ohanesian on April 27, 2012 at 10:16am — No Comments
I once took an amazing, month-long class on how to move your career forward. It was in LA and most of the participants were in the entertainment industry. Needless to say, the subject of agents came up. Everyone wanted an agent - c'mon, who wouldn't? Someone to champion you, get you in the door, build your career... I want one, too. But without knocking agents, the instructors quickly brought us to our senses. We are in charge of our careers, not agents. We are 100% responsible for…Continue
TEN BEST LESSONS LEARNED THE HARD WAY:
1. Write what you know. Writers get sick of hearing this, but successful authors keep repeating it, because it's true. I spent (wasted) a lot of…Continue
Greetings Shewriters - Get out your highlighters for some sound advice!
Bella Stander is the proprietor of Book Promotion 101 and publisher of Bella Terra Publishing. For the past dozen years she’s worked with the Virginia Festival of the Book, where she…Continue
Recently on my quest to find an agent an interesting thing happened. On January 13, I emailed a query to a certain literary agency; I’ll call the Big Bad Wolf Literary Agency. On January 30, I received an email back from them saying, they’d love to read my entire manuscript.
Wow! Was I excited? I wasn’t crazy about the fact that they wanted me to mail them a hard copy, but I burned The Color of My Heart onto a CD and hurried it down to my buddies at the local copying…Continue
Added by Sarah Martin Byrd on February 27, 2012 at 9:57am — No Comments