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New Agent Alert: Foladé Bell of Serendipity Literary Agency

Reminder: Newer agents are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage. She is seeking: literary, upmarket...

Alice Pope Interviews Me on the SCBWI Blog

Alice Pope, the former editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market, interviewed me yesterday on her big SCBWI blog. It was the former editor of CWIM talking to the new editor, and it was a fun little back-and-forth. See the interview here. You might also like:No Related Posts

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Agent Advice: Seth Fishman of Sterling Lord Literistic

UPDATE SEPT. 2010: Seth is now agenting with The Gernert Company. ————- “Agent Advice” (this installment featuring agent Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company) is a series of quick interviews with literary agents and script agents who talk with Guide to Literary Agents about their thoughts on writing, publishing, and just about anything else....

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5 Rules for Writing YA

1. The life of the story depends on the writer’s ability to convince the reader that the protagonist is one of them. Teens despise fakes. You must know kids well enough to channel their voices, thoughts and emotions. 2. Don’t condescend to your readers. Young people won’t abide stories that suggest their turmoil or idealism...

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How I Got My Agent: Cicily Janus

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

Cover Band Soap Opera: ''Rock'N Me'' by Steve Miller Band

For anyone who follows the ridiculous adventures of my Cincinnati rock cover band, you may have noticed that I don’t put up much video. Truth is, I’m self-conscious. Someone missed a note, or this didn’t sound right, or that’s blurry, blah blah blah.    Well, no more of that. This is my band playing “Rock’n...

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A Day in the Life of a Querier

8:00 a.m. You’re raring to go. You check and re-check your query letter. 8:30 a.m. You look over your list of agents to query and choose one. You double-check their guidelines and press send. You feel pretty darn good about yourself. You are confident she’ll love it. 10:00 a.m. By now you’ve sent off queries to...

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How to Back Up Your Blog and Save Content

Most people back up their computers, but forget about backing up their blog. If you write all your posts in Word or some other word processor, you might be able to patch things up if your blogging service or ISP throws a hissy fit; if not, you’re kinda sorta screwed. Fortunately, backing up a...

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How I Got My Agent: Teddy Wayne

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

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5 Screenwriting Tips All Writers Can Learn From

No. 2: Start late. In individual scenes, don't waste valuable time on unnecessary entrances and hellos. See if a scene can be started in the middle. A writer who is willing to self-edit will often find that a scene is strengthened by cutting the first two, and often last two, lines of dialogue. No. 12:...

The 8 Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Writing a strong nonfiction book proposal can seem a daunting task at first. However, once you understand the elements required, you can create a proposal that compels agents and editors to want to see more of your work.      School psychologist by day and lover of books by night, Christine Fonseca started writing...

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How I Got My Agent: Kevin Sheridan

"How I Got My Agent" is a recurring feature on the GLA blog. Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings. If you have a literary agent and would be interested in writing a short guest column for this GLA blog, e-mail me at...

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Macie Smith

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Macie Smith. Macie Smith is a contributing writer for seveneightfive...

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Agent Advice: Chris Park of Foundry Literary + Media

This installment features Chris Park of Foundry Literary + Media. Prior to joining Foundry, Chris worked as an editor for several New York publishing houses (Hachette Book Group, Random House) and helped launch an independent publishing company. She has a degree in English from Harvard University and lives in a Chicago suburb with her...

Footnotes: 4 Articles on Publishing Myths

“Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it’s addressed to someone else.”~ Ivern Ball Footnotes is a recurring series on the GLA blog where I pick a subject and provide several interesting articles on said topic. The whispering starts whenever two or more writers are together—maybe over drinks...