Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she answers a reader’s question about how to become a literary agent.
New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Natalie Grazian at Martin Literary & Media Management) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Whether you believe in The Muse is actually not important. It is important, however, that you believe that writing, when it’s going very well, is fun, enlivening, curiously effortless, and surprising.
The 2018 film adaptation of Lee Israel's memoir Can Your Ever Forgive Me?, which details her criminal misadventures forging letters by famous authors, was met with critical acclaim—and it offers several valuable lessons for writers.
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Agents have to consider where your work fits in a crowded marketplace. By including your book's unique selling proposition in your query letter, you’re making their job easier— and what stands out about your manuscript even more evident.
Learn how NOT to get a positive response from literary agents: Avoid these 10 paths to auto-rejection in your query letters and pitches.
The Writer’s Digest editors took it upon ourselves to fertilize your mind with the following writing exercises—guaranteed to germinate a story in even the most arid cerebral soil.
Dustin Grinnell explains how to—and how not to—write more scientific fiction by analyzing Carl Sagan's 'Contact' and the ways it incorporates believeable elements that are understandable to laypeople.
Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Devin Ross of New Leaf Literary & Media) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Julie Hyzy uses examples from popular books and films that incorporate fictional technology to understand what makes for appealing, believable tech-dependent stories.
In this episode author and cartoonist Tom Hart shares an inside look at writing and publishing in the graphic novel and comics world. In this interview, they discuss how writers and artists collaborate to create amazing stories, the importance of finding your cohort in the comics community, and how self-publishing in...
For more than 25 years, Stine has been writing horror for kids around the world with his Goosebumps series, which has sold over 350 million copies in 32 languages. Here are four lessons from the master himself.
Literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Alexandra Levick of Writers House) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
Author Eli Jaxon-Bear shares three essential questions you must ask when writing a memoir.
The future is genre-blending, and it’s in full bloom. Here’s why your next novel shouldn’t fit neatly into any one pot.
Mackenzie Belcastro addresses writers who are despairing over their early drafts, highlighting five ways you can persevere and discover your story within them.
Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she answers a reader’s question about the appropriate pacing of a thriller novel.
Public readings of your written work—published or not yet published—are a great way to gain exposure for your writing and to build your author platform. Here are 16 rules to follow.
Literary agent Britt Siess shares a few tips that can make the process of writing a great query letter a bit less scary and more productive.
Quressa Robinson, literary agent at Nelson Literary Agency, talks about what types of submissions she'd like to see more of, common misconceptions authors have about literary agents, and what makes a query stand out.
Knowing and understanding the constituent parts of a book cover will help you make the best marketing decisions when you design or commission your own.
Danielle Burby is a literary agent with Nelson Literary Agency who represents all genres of YA and MG along with select adult passion projects. Here, Danielle tells us what she hopes to find in the slush pile and offers tips for emerging writers and insights into her publishing journey.
If you're writing a graphic novel or a comic, you need to consider how your images and text work together to spin the story. Here are a few ways to play with combining words and pictures in sequential art from author-illustrator Whitney Gardner.
Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she answers a reader’s question about the distinction between young adult fiction and new adult fiction.