READING: A Writer’s Best and Most Constant Muse

READING: A Writer’s Best and Most Constant Muse

It’s that most wonderful time of the year when curling up with a good book is more pleasurable than ever, because, as Mason Cooley reminds us, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” But if you’re a writer, it’s also obligatory. We...
5 Ways to Impress an Agent

5 Ways to Impress an Agent

Getting an agent can be a challenge. Given the sheer volume of queries agents receive—such largesse that many agents find it impossible to accept unsolicited queries—it’s not easy to make you and your project stand out. Here are some tips to help you to capture an...
13 Ways to Maximize Your Writing Pleasure

13 Ways to Maximize Your Writing Pleasure

Everyone always talks about how hard it is to write. And it is hard. There’s the terror of the blank page, the three steps forward, two steps back torture of plotting, the trial and error of character development—not to mention the tyranny of the impossible...
10 Things Not to Say to an Agent When You Pitch Your Project

10 Things Not to Say to an Agent When You Pitch Your Project

It’s conference season again, that wonderful time of year when we agents listen to hundreds of pitches—some good, some bad, and some ugly. Here’s what not to say. (And yes, these are real lines from real-life pitches.) #1 My villain is so bad he kills the dog. It’s...
The Daring Writer’s Guide to Point of View

The Daring Writer’s Guide to Point of View

Point of view issues keep more otherwise sellable authors from selling their work than nearly any other problem. That’s why as an agent, author, and writing teacher, I always caution my clients, fellow writers, and students to play it safe when it comes to POV. And...

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