In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing and Selling Children's Books” — instructor and senior literary agent Jennifer Laughran will reveal "trade secrets" of the kids book biz and critique your work.
Dimensional characters are born from drama—not description. Here’s why (and how) to delve into your characterizations one defining scene at a time.
To celebrate National Short Story Month, Grant will join us this Friday, May 1, on our Facebook page and answer your questions about short story writing from 9 a.m - 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Here's how it will work ...
The process of finding a literary agent or publisher is grueling and filled with rejection land mines. And, once published, there is no guarantee a book will be successful or that an author will sell a second book. A writer must be prepared for rejection every step of the way.
I was forty-three when I wrote my first novel and realized I’d found my passion. Several years and four novels later, I finally decided to land an agent and get published. Here's how I found success.
The story of meeting my agent, Barbara Poelle, takes place over an afternoon webinar -- and it changed my life forever. Here's how a webinar helped me land my agents (and, eventually, a book deal).
On a chilly winter’s eve back in 2013, my forlorn, un-agented self was perusing Janet Reid’s blog. I kept noticing the Query Shark speak in a teasingly scathing tone of another agent. An agent who had been driving her mad of late, yanking riches out from under her well-primed nose. That agent’s name was...
Well, hello there! I'm an agent. Aloof and hard to snare, like this season's Prada bag or a yeti. I know what you're wondering: How do you stand out in a query in box along with the 497 other queries? I have the secrets here.
Stranded on a mountaintop? Shipwrecked on a deserted island? Can a story actually thrive with only two characters on the page for long stretches in a novel? Well yes. But it’s tricky. Here are some techniques I learned while writing my new release, Summer by Summer.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “Writing the Memoir that Can Sell: How to Attract Agents & Editors to Your Story” — instructor and literary agent Regina Brooks will explain what sells (and why) and how you can get your memoir published.
I should probably start by saying that the question of target audience is never in my mind as I write a novel. I make sure it’s not. If I let it creep in, it will do nothing but trip me up.
Many novelists give little thought to how they bring their protagonist onstage for the first time. But this is very important.
When I wailed, “I want to be a writer!” my husband gave me the tough news. “Linda—a writer writes.” I had not made writing a priority. Here's what I did and what you can learn.
Getting in one’s own way is a problem I think most writers suffer with from time to time. Here's how to get out of your way and get writing.
The year I turned 20 I sat down and made out my bucket list, jotting down the decade birthdays—30th, 40th, 50th, and so on—and beneath each entry what I hoped to have accomplished by that date. Longevity not being a strong family trait, I figured I had maybe five decades to make my life’s...
In this live 90-minute webinar, instructor and literary agent Marisa Corvisiero will brief authors on how to submit their work and show them how to carefully prepare the best submission package that will get the attention of reviewing agents and editors.
In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Write & Sell Your Mystery, Suspense, or Thriller Novel for Any Market” — instructor and literary agent Andrea Somberg will teach you the ins and outs of the current market.
When writing about vampires, the key is to avoid making them cliche. Here's how to do that.
Here’s how to use the world’s biggest online reader hub to grow your audience exponentially.
Former agent and children's book expert Laura Backes Bardwants offers up some advice for budding children's book writers and more.
If you’re waiting for your muse, guess what? It’s inside you, just waiting for you to let it shine bright. Here are five ways to flex your writing muscle and get something accomplished now.
I recently attended a literary event where several writers read their work. I sensed polished pearls buried deep in there somewhere but honestly, I couldn’t hear them. The writers mumbled, stumbled, ran sentences together and acted as though their words were on a bullet train to a faraway station. Their verbs may have been...
Highly readable books are polished, refined, sophisticated, and mature on all three levels. To fulfill the potential of your book, develop and sharpen the following top ten elements.
In this live 90-minute webinar, instructor and literary agent Sara Megibow will discuss the specific steps a romance author can take to pursue publication. Plus, Sara will critique the first 10 pages of your romance novel. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Even though Renewable was my third book, it took several rewrites to find the right tone. Here’s what I learned along the way about writing to change the world.