What an Agent Thinks

I Was Recently Reminded Why I Like Publishers

Each person who works for a publisher is looking to do something brilliant and magical and ‘right’ every day.... read more

Query Letters That Worked

Draft your query letter as if it’s catalogue copy.... read more

Take a Field Trip and Get To Know Your Types of Reader

Which titles would your book be snuggled up against?... read more

Why Do Agents Go To Writers’ Conferences?

Adjectives are not your friends. They’re like too much salt.... read more

Here’s How I’m Surviving The Post-Election Season

Each time I reopen my Kindle, my shoulders relax and my breath eases.... read more

What Makes Me Wary. What Makes Me Happy.

I’m reading a manuscript and I forget that I work in the publishing industry... read more

Writing a Second Novel (or Third or Fourth) is Notoriously Difficult

Spend four days as your character. Eat lunch as that character.... read more

Notes from a Practical Agent

Once you solve the problem of the story, the anxieties of paying the bills seems to evaporate.... read more

Notes From a Practical Agent

That introduction started as a long e-mail to the literary agent.... read more

Why Is It So Difficult To Get A Literary Agent?

When an agent passes, it’s often not a judgment on your work.... read more