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Today’s guest post is by the wonderful Darrelyn Saloom, who is working with Deirdre Gogarty on a memoir. Follow Darreyln on Twitter, or read more of her guest posts. Pictured above: “The … Read more
This week marks the 2nd anniversary of There Are No Rules! To celebrate, I’m giving away a Writer’s Digest VIP package and the option to attend the September Editors’ Intensive for a … Read more
The following advice was shared by Thomas E. Kennedy as part of Glimmer Train’s recent bulletin (click here for full bulletin). Working in Paris in the late 1950s, Brion Gysin and William … Read more
How good does your manuscript have to be before you submit it to an agent or editor? How good does your website need to be before you launch it? How good does … Read more
“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 email@example.com and we’ll talk specifics.
Marianne Elliott is the author of the blog Zen and the Art of Peacekeeping. (She has written a memoir of the same name.) Read more
Note from Chuck (4-28-2010): Soon after posting this new agent alert, Marissa contacted me and said she is joining the crew at FinePrint Literary Management. All her bio info remains the same.
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: pop culture, humor, narrative nonfiction, memoir, or children’s books. Concerning picture books, she is looking for younger books with very little text (800 words or fewer). Concerning middle grade and YA, no paranormal please. She prefers contemporary stories. Read more
My regular column over at Writer Unboxed is now posted:Should You Hire a Professional Editor? The comments/discussion offers excellent & valuable information on choosing a professional editor, and deciding if you even … Read more
My post on The Biggest Bad Advice on Story Openings has generated a lively and sometimes controversial discussion about the facets and subtleties of an action scene opening. I still think my … Read more
Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is the final installment of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. If you’ve enjoyed this series, then you should … Read more
Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. We’ve already seen that the … Read more
Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless. The rule “show, don’t tell” … Read more
Today’s guest post is by Jim Adam. It is part of a series on storytelling and The Strengths of the Potter Series. Check out Jim’s book, Motherless.Rowling’s boxes of notes for the … Read more
Following up on yesterday’s post (No. 1 Challenge of Memoirs), I’d now like to address the biggest dilemma and balancing act for all storytellers: starting with an action-oriented scene. It’s probably the … Read more
Bertelsmann didn’t want to return my rights, even though my book, Heartbreaker, had lain dormant for over twenty years. Doubleday, the original publisher, had been swallowed by this German conglomerate, and of course they wanted to hang on to any book in their catalogue, even if it hadn’t sold a copy in years. But Oh, no no, they said, this book isn’t dormant; anyone who wants it can order it through print-on-demand. I finally had to enlist the help of a lawyer and then The Author’s Guild counsel, Kay Murray.
This guest column by John Meyer, author of Heartbreaker. Read more
Last week I taught an online class about story openings for novel & memoir. Everyone was invited to submit their first pages for a rather public critique. Beforehand, I tweeted some of … Read more
This new series is called “Successful Queries” and I’m posting actual query letters that succeeded in getting writers signed with agents. In addition to posting the actual query letter, we will also get to hear thoughts from the agent as to why the letter worked.
The 28th installment in this series is with agent Sharlene Martin (Martin Literary Management) and her author, Suzanne Hansen, for the book, You’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again: The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny. Read more
Today’s guest post is by the always remarkable Darrelyn Saloom. Follow her on Twitter, or dig around for more of her excellent tales. When I met author Neil White at the 2009 … Read more
Earlier this month, I asked for your suggestions on new people to follow on Twitter for great writing advice. I received more than 50 recommendations—thank you so much! I’ve chosen four to … Read more
Today I have a guest post over at Writer Unboxed that debunks the myth that fiction writers don’t need to worry about developing a platform. I was inspired to offer this advice … Read more