Literary agents know their stuff--and if you want to get signed by a literary agent, you need to know your stuff too. When agents describe what they're looking for in a novel, they tend to lapse into industry jargon. It's confusing stuff, even for those of us who sprinkle words like fastidious and coruscant throughout our writing. Still, understanding what agents want is crucial to finding the right agent (or, indeed, any agent) for your project. That means you have to learn to translate the jargon.
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I used to believe that, when I desperately needed guidance from the universe, I could pick any book of my bookshelf, open it to a random page, and find the answer I needed. My surprising success rate probably hinged on the fact that, as humans, we have a knack for turning the tiniest glimmer of an … Continue reading Lessons from Querying Agents
Good morning dreamers and do-ers! Last week, I wrote about choosing a platform to launch yourself as a freelance writer. Today, I'm following up with the lily pads that helped me hop my way into a new, independent career. Step 2: Craft a catchy profile. No matter which platform you choose to establish yourself as … Continue reading How to Craft a Catchy Freelance Profile
In April of this year, I signed up for a platform designed to connect freelancers with employers. The decision to sign up was only slightly more serious than an April Fools Joke played on myself. I was trying to inspire my husband, a software developer, to consider freelancing as an alternative to squatting in an office all … Continue reading Choosing the ‘Write’ Freelance Platform
As of yesterday, the first proof of my novel, Eleanor, is on its way to my mailbox! Transforming my manuscript into book format has been an arduous process: two steps forward, one step back. I thought I would share some of the know-how I picked up along my way with you all. These are the things I … Continue reading 3 Timesavers to Use When Formatting Your Book
I'm getting all excited about the release of a book I supported on Kickstarter, The Boy In the Castle. The Boy in the Castle is a picture book with a poignant message. In my mind, I equate it with The Little Prince. Like The Little Prince, The Boy in the Castle touches on love and depression. I can't wait to read … Continue reading What Kind of Book Succeeds on Kickstarter?