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7 Ways to Deal With Notes From Your Editor – Part 2 New!

Let’s continue with the tips on how to deal with your first edited manuscript. Tip Three – Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions If you really are not sure about an edit and you’ve tried to find an answer on your own, have a word with your...

7 Ways to Deal With Notes From Your Editor – Part 1 New!

It’s here, the day you have been waiting for. Your editor has messaged you that your manuscript edits are complete. Your heart pounds as you save that edited work on your computer and then you open it. You hope to see only a few errors that...

Q & A – Querying a Literary Agent – Part 3 New!

Welcome to the final part of this series. By now, you should be getting a good idea of what you should and shouldn’t be doing in your query letter. Just a few more questions and you will have the whole picture. I’m Pitching a Novel; Do I...

Q & A – Querying a Literary Agent – Part 2 New!

Welcome back to part 2, let’s jump straight in with a few more questions. Do Agents Need to Know, in a Query, if I am Writing a Series? As a matter of courtesy, yes, but you could also mention that it can be a standalone book too....

Q & A – Querying a Literary Agent – Part 1 New!

When you are ready to start contacting literary agents to represent you, the process is not quite as cut and dried as you may think. It certainly isn’t a case of keep on emailing because something positive will happen sooner or later! There are plenty...

Manuscript Rejection – Dealing With The Feedback New!

You’ve sent your manuscript to several agents and now the feedback is starting to come back. One thinks your characters need a bit of pizazz but your setting is perfect; another loves the story but feels your voice is all wrong. How do you deal with...

Six Steps to Getting a Literary Agent – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this mini-series on finding a literary agent. Without wasting any more time, let’s start with step 4. Step 4 – Introduce Yourself to Your Targets You narrowed your list down, now find them and introduce yourself. You might find your target agents...

Six Steps to Getting a Literary Agent – Part 1

You’ve written your book, or you have at least written a great book proposal and now you need a literary agent to go the next step. So, how do you get one? How do you make a good literary agent sit up and notice you,...

Top Ten Ways to Annoy A Literary Agent

Pitching for a literary agent is a tough job and it must be done right if you are to succeed. There is plenty of information available on how to approach an agent, on what they want to see and hear, but do you know how...

Writing A Selling Book Proposal

At its absolute basic, a book proposal is nothing more than a sales pitch. It is how you sell your book idea to an editor and is required if you are intending to try to sell a non-fiction book to a publisher. Publishers are in business...