Give 'Em What They Want

The Right Way to Pitch Your Novel to Editors and Agents
Author:
Publish date:


Buy book | Amazon  | BN.com

Give 'Em What They Want

The Right Way to Pitch Your Novel to Editors and Agents
by Blythe Camenson and Marshal J. Cook
Writer's Digest Books, 2005
ISBN 1-58297-330-X
$16.99 paperback, 256 pages

Image placeholder title


Read an Excerpt
From chapter 1 of Give 'Em What They Want, "Creating a Salable Product":

Step 1: Read before you write.
Step 2: Write for the market.
Step 3: Write for yourself.
Step 4: Learn how to write.
Step 5: Polish your product.

About the Book
One of a writer’s most difficult tasks is crafting a submission package. In order to get published you need o compose queries, synopses, and outlines that will prove irresistible to agents and editors. Give ‘Em What They Want uses step-by-step instructions to break down the process, making it easier than you thought possible to put together a query packet, sample chapters, outlines, synopses—everything you need to interest an agent or editor in your novel. Inside you’ll find:

  • Dozens of samples complete with comments and suggestions for improvement
  • Successful submission techniques from published authors
  • Advice from well-respected agents and editors about avoiding common submission pitfalls
  • Information on working with agents and editors once your pitch is complete

Give ‘Em What They Want includes everything your need to know about approaching anyone in the publishing industry with your novel. Pitching your novel has never been easier!

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: From Our Readers Announcement, Upcoming Webinars, and more!

This week, we’re excited to announce a call for From Our Readers submissions, a webinar on crafting expert query letters, and more!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 11

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a prime number poem.

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Stephanie Dray: On Writing Women's Legacies

Bestselling and award-winning author Stephanie Dray shares how she selects the historical figures that she features in her novels and how she came to see the whole of her character's legacies.

From Script

Taking Note of the Structure of WandaVision and Breaking in Outside of Hollywood (From Script)

In this week’s round-up from ScriptMag.com, learn about the storytelling techniques used in the nine-part Disney+ series "WandaVision," outlining tips for writing a horror script, and breaking in outside of Hollywood as a writer and filmmaker.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 10

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a get blank poem.

take two 3 mistakes writers make in act i

Take Two: 3 Mistakes Writers Make in Act I

Without a solid foundation, our stories flounder. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman shares insights into the three mistakes writers make when creating the first act.

David Jackson Ambrose: On Balancing Magic and Practicality

David Jackson Ambrose: On Balancing Magic and Practicality

Novelist David Jackson Ambrose discusses the initial themes he wanted to explore in his latest novel, A Blind Eye, what the editing process was like, and how his books always surprise him in the end.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Knowing When to Shelve a Project

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not knowing when to shelve a project.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 9

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a persona poem (for an inanimate object).