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Have you ever been somewhere boring and said, “God, can’t some celebrities get in a shouting match in front of me so I have a story to tell?” Well, that kinda happened to me one night in Vegas after teaching at the writers’ conference. Let me explain. Read more
The Las Vegas Writers’ Conference started in full on Friday and I presented on agents, and then again on pitching. The sessions went well. Along with my coworker, Zac Petit, there were a few authors there and a good amount of literary agents taking pitches from every direction. The agents were very available and willing to listen to anybody who approached them. Mollie Glick was there, as were other agents Lori Perkins, Ken Sherman, Katharine Sands, Ellen Pepus and more. Read more
Q. I subscribe to and pay for Writer’s Digest online [www.writersmarket.com]. I believe the staff of Writer’s Digest insult me and all other serious writers by referring to our submissions to agents … Read more
Kind of a double notification here. Jill Corcoran is an associate agent at Herman Agency, Inc., who is 1) looking for submissions (children’s stuff), and 2) blogging about her adventures and passing on advice to writers. Read more
Q. I have a question concerning query letters. I have finished my manuscript and am ready to shop it around to agents. I will be attending [two writers’ conferences in my home … Read more
A very cool writers’ conference coming up you should be aware of is Boston’s own Muse & the Marketplace, held April 25-26, 2009. Keep reading to find out some details about this awesome event. Read more
Sorry for the lack of blog activity this past week or so. I was on vacation – a cruise, to be exact – from Tampa to Cozumel and then back. I got … Read more
It’s been a good while since I passed out some definitions, so here is another batch. (Click on Definitions at the bottom of this post to see the past seven installments.) Family … Read more
Man, it’s amazing what you can do and get if you simply say that it’s your birthday. Example: My cover band lead singer and I were at a smaller bar in a … Read more
Here are some cool thingsgoing on aond Writer’s Digest: Webinar: How to Deciper and Negotiate Your Contract This is a very practical webinar for anyone out there flying solo … Read more
This installment features Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency, LLC.
She is seeking: Fiction areas of interest: Single Title Romance (Contemporary, Romantic Comedy, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense), Women’s Lit (must have a strong hook), Young Adult, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, Medical or Legal Fiction (something that hasn’t been done before), Literary Fiction. Nonfiction areas of interest: We are looking for very specific NF. Women’s Issues/Experiences, Fun/Quirky Topics (particularly those of interest to women), Cookbooks (fun, ethnic, etc.), Health, Gardening (herbs, plants, flowers, etc.), Books with a “Save The Planet” theme, Entertaining, Reference, How-To Books. Read more
My awesome coworker, Alice Pope, recently posted 10 Helpful Tips on Writing Query Letters on her blog. The catch? It was April Fools’ – so the tips are helpful, but only if … Read more
Donald Maass is one of the most well-known, successful agents out there. He’s ghostwritten books, written other books about writing books, and sold a bazillion novels to publishers. He’s a wealth of … Read more
You probably remember Queryfail, where editors and agents Twittered in real time for a whole day as they attacked their slush pile or unsolicited queries. Well, Queryfail II is set for April … Read more
The lead singer of my cover band once described himself as “vain.” From my point of view, it’s hard to argue with that. For a case in point, let me take you … Read more
It’s time to give a shout-out to the next conference I’ll be teaching at – the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference. The conference is coming up fast – April 16-19, 2009. The event only accepts 150 attendees in an effort to give plenty of personalized attention to writers. Read more
This installment features Meredith Kaffel of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency.
She is seeking: “or children’s books, my first love is YA. And my YA tastes run the gamut from the highly literary (especially fish out of water tales, outsider stories told teetering from the edge, high concept novels taking on themes with gravity, up-market historical fantasy and stories involving the arts in some way), to the highly commercial (teen paranormal with a twist, high school dramas and friendship sagas, anything with sass and attitude, etc). I also enjoy smart middle-grade fiction, and I will take on the occasional quirky picture book manuscript. I’m actively looking for new illustrators as well — for both the picture book and graphic novel/comic markets. As for adult manuscripts, I’m primarily looking for narrative nonfiction (specifically books dealing with food, science, international themes, feminism, cultural trends, art and literary history, music, and general “juicy” history and biography), and the rare literary novel that steals my heart. I tend to be drawn more toward darkly wry and edgy fiction than novels brimming with sugar-and-sunshine, but my rule about taking on a project is that there are no set rules. I just have to love it.” Read more
Here are some cool thingsgoing on around Writer’s Digest Webinar: Query Letter Writing How to Write a Book Query Letter that Gets a Response Live Event: Thursday, April 9, … Read more
As I mentioned in the last post, the May/June 2009 issue of Writer’s Digest has the information brainbomb article “101 Best Web Sites for Writers.” One of the categories is called “Agent … Read more
May/June Issue of WD Has Interview with Stephen King, Interview with Jerry Jenkins, 101 Best Websites for Writers – Just Brimming with Awesomeness
I’ve been reading Writer’s Digest magazine since well before I was ever working for F+W Media here, and I have to say – this issue just looks like one of the coolest … Read more
Hey, guys– Huge thanks to everyone who came to last night’s pilot-writing seminar at mediabistro… it was a terrific turnout, and I really appreciate everyone coming and being so interested! For those … Read more
Editor’s Note: Firebrand Literary closed in July 2009. Three agents from Firebrand Literary have broken off to form a new agency: Upstart Crow Literary. It will be headed up by Michael Stearns, who was formerly a prolific children’s book editor. Also on board are agents Chris Richman and Danielle Chiotti. Between the three of them, they handle adult fiction, lots of kids fiction, and some nonfiction, too. Stacia moved on to Donald Maass Literary. Read more
Ugh. My band’s show for this weekend was postponed because some guy at some bar wrote down wrong dates for when we were supposed to play. Buzzkill. And to think, we were … Read more
I’m giving an early shout-out to a June conference at which I’ll be presenting: the Southeastern Writers Association 34th Annual Writers Workshop. It all goes down from June 21-25, 2009, at St. Simons Island, GA. Read more
My cover band usually plays three sets of music, with about 16-18 songs in each set. The set list is always in flux – new songs added, old songs taken away, stuff … Read more