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.
Debut author, Corabel Shofner, explains why she believes it took her 64 years to become a traditionally published author, and why writers should never give up.
Literary agent Jennifer Haskin is open to queries! She is currently seeking young adult literature, fantasy, science fiction, and dystopian fiction.
Author Idabel Allen discusses the setting and experience of the south in writing Southern fiction, a genre that reaches back to the age of Faulkner and more recently Flannery O’Conner.
Thriller writer Steven Kohlhagen shares his method for creating twists and turns throughout his novels—letting his characters dictate the ride.
Debut author Meg Eden explains the importance of bylines from literary magazines before pursuing literary representation.
Debut author Michael Haspil details five tips for surviving a long production cycle with your novel, including knowing when to vent and when to celebrate—and why you should always write.
Literary agent Jordy Albert of The Booker Albert Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking middle-grade, and young adult contemporary, science fiction, and fantasy.
Author Rob Hart shares seven tips for writing about cities and places in fiction that you’ve only just visited, never lived, or are looking to put a fictional spin on.
Debut author Julie Shepard shares her nervousness in receiving a request for a full manuscript from a literary agent’s assistant—and why waiting to hear from the actual agent was worth it.
Author Gillian French explains how being willing to send manuscripts out for feedback opened up the publishing door—leading to an agent and eventual publication.
Author Nancy Kress (TOMORROW’S KIN) shares seven things she’s learned in her forty years of writing—from the roles of editors and writing instructors, to the ups-and-downs of a writing career.
Literary agent Tanusri Prasanna is open to queries! She is seeking picture books and middle-grade and young adult novels.
Author Kelly Oliver explains how getting inside other people’s heads can help fiction writers learn to explore contemporary social issues.
Freelance editor Meg LaTorre-Snyder explains the areas where freelance editors, particularly developmental editors, can help fiction writers, and when you should turn to one.
If you’re a loyal reader of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market and the print version of Guide to Literary Agents, then you we’ve consistently featured debut authors. These writers share their stories of how they broke out, how they found their agent, what they did right, what they’d do over again, and more. I’ll...
“7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” (this installment written by Angelica Baker, author of OUR LITTLE RACKET) is a recurring column where writers at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction, as well as how they possibly got their literary agent—by sharing seven things they’ve learned along their writing...
Literary agent Brittany Booker Carter of The Booker Albert Literary Agency is open to queries! She is seeking contemporary and paranormal romance in the young adult and new adult categories, and romance in adult fiction.
Fearless Writing author William Kenower shares how he’s learned to conquer his distaste for the query letter by remembering his love for what he’s querying for.
Debut author Diksha Basu shares her story of how asking for a little guidance helped her land a literary agent, and how choosing the agent she knew would push her the most has helped her career.
Sara Alexander explains how talking speaking to her agent about sex scenes in her romance novel allowed her to create vivid, real love scenes in her novel, Under a Sardinian Sky.
Literary agent Shaheen Qureshi is currently seeking literary fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on historical fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as memoirs, cookbooks, and graphic novels.
Kristin Lenz shares the potential power of participating in contests far and wide, including how it landed her a book deal and helped some of her colleagues.
Twitter pitching events have become an enormously popular way for author to connect with literary agents by pitching their completed manuscript on Twitter under a hashtag. Here are some tips to make sure your experience goes well.