Picture book writer Lisa Katzenberger shares how she found her agent by participating in Twitter pitch contests and parties, including PBParty.
Here's how to explore the functions of dialogue and narration in a scene, so that you can find the mix that’s right for your novel.
Former secret service agent Dan Emmett shares his five secrets to compiling a fascinating memoir—the same five tips he used when working on his memoir, I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
Writer and public relations expert Lora Hyler shares her personal journey in querying, searching for an agent, and the importance of attending writer residencies to connect with other writers.
Award-winning author Barry Lancet shares five secrets he’s learned in his writing career about developing a character who can carry a series of novels.
Guest columnist Susan Cushman shares her story of landing four book deals with four different publishers in one year, with tips for how you too, can juggle multiple projects at once.
Literary agent Julie Dinneen of D4EO Literary is open to queries! She is seeking literary fiction and upmarket general fiction, women’s fiction, and historical fiction.
Here are 10 tips to keep your spirits up when writing about deeply emotional content.
Author Julie Bogart and veteran agent Rita Rosenkranz share their experience and knowledge of the Writer’s Digest Pitch Slam event, and how to craft the perfect pitch.
The following is a brief rundown of the three most common POVs and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Debut author Sophie Chen Keller explains how she got started writing and how she landed her dream agent for her novel, The Luster of Lost Things, with her first query letter.
The year I turned 20 I sat down and made out my bucket list, jotting down the decade birthdays—30th, 40th, 50th, and so on—and beneath each entry what I hoped to have accomplished by that date. Longevity not being a strong family trait, I figured I had maybe five decades to make my life’s...
Literary agent Caroline Eisenmann of the Frances Goldin Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking upmarket and literary fiction, as well as a variety of nonfiction.
As a debut novelist who’s also a full-time nonfiction editor, I’ve tried hard to keep my editor and author hats separate. However, I’ve found that the two roles have intertwined more than I expected, and in ways that are surprisingly beneficial.
The dreaded Revise and Resubmit request from an agent—it’s not a no. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to hone your work, because this agent sees potential in your manuscript.
Adapted from the leftovers of our annual agent issue, you’ll find a bevy of advice—concerning querying, beta readers, editing, and more—from 16 literary agents in this article.
Writing a proposal for a work of nonfiction may be intimidating and sometimes frustrating, especially if you’re unsure about the information you should include and how to structure the proposal. Authors often spin their wheels and look at multiple sources for guidance on this task. They look for multiple resources to make sure that...
Footnotes seem to be a rather polarizing topic among the literary community, so let's talk about them—and what benefits exist.
Reminder: This agent spotlight features Stephanie Hansen, owner of Metamorphosis Literary Agency. Remember, newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is likely building his or her client list. About Stephanie: Stephanie represents debut to New York Times bestselling authors. She’s signed authors with small presses to major publishing house distribution....
In this online exclusive by agent Gina Panettieri, we take you behind the scenes of another impressive contract—this one a debut mystery trilogy from an unlikely source that inspired a bidding war.
Who would have thought that a little blue bird and a pound sign could enhance your #writing life—and even land you an agent? Tweet your way to success with this handy guide to the best hashtags for writers.
When does black women’s fiction become just women’s fiction? To answer that question, we’d first have to establish the difference between the two. Some might argue that it’s the characters, others might say themes or cultural perspective. After reflecting on this for years, I concluded that the biggest thing that separates women’s fiction and...
Crime novelist Michael Connelly shares more of what he learned in adapting his iconic character Detective Harry Bosch for TV—from externalizing internal character struggles to reconsidering backstory, setting and more.
Debut author Sheena Kamal explains how she got an agent for her novel, The Lost Ones, while fighting internal thoughts that she felt like she never really belonged as a writer.
With this free worksheet from Bring Your Fiction to Life, Karen S. Wiesner gives you a simple outline for planning out your writing career, year-by-year, to accomplish any goals you’d like to achieve.