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.

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Query Letters That Worked

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

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

Which titles would your book
be snuggled up against?

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Why Do Agents Go To Writers’ Conferences?

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

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

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

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What Makes Me Wary. What Makes Me Happy.

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

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

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

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Notes from a Practical Agent

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

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Getting Started On Your Proposal

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

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Why Is It So Difficult To Get A Literary Agent?

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

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