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Six Steps to Getting a Literary Agent – Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of this mini-series on finding a literary agent. Without wasting any more time, let’s start with step 4. Step 4 – Introduce Yourself to Your Targets You narrowed your list down, now find them and introduce yourself. You might find your target agents...

Six Steps to Getting a Literary Agent – Part 1

You’ve written your book, or you have at least written a great book proposal and now you need a literary agent to go the next step. So, how do you get one? How do you make a good literary agent sit up and notice you,...

Top Ten Ways to Annoy A Literary Agent

Pitching for a literary agent is a tough job and it must be done right if you are to succeed. There is plenty of information available on how to approach an agent, on what they want to see and hear, but do you know how...

Writing A Selling Book Proposal

At its absolute basic, a book proposal is nothing more than a sales pitch. It is how you sell your book idea to an editor and is required if you are intending to try to sell a non-fiction book to a publisher. Publishers are in business...

How To Write The Perfect Query Letter Part 2

Once you have a well-crafted byline, the next step is creating a professional, eye-catching query letter to send directly to agents, managers and publishers. However, for your letter to be successful you need to send lots of them. An initial query letter is essential before you send your full...

How To Write The Perfect Query Letter

I have written many query letters while I was searching for a publisher and later a producer for my film work. I have tried and tested many versions of a query letter and the following is a checklist I use in my query letters today,...

What Are Agents Looking For?

So you have completed your book. Huge sigh of relief. Didn’t think you could do it, but you did. If you thought writing the book was the hardest part, you were mistaken. You will discover this to be the case when you begin to look...

Read the Fine Print (Agents)

You’ve just finished writing your first romance novel, A Dove in the Wind. You know that you have a great novel on your hands because for the past 90 days you have been submitting chapter samples to your various social media followers. Your target audience...

3 More Twitter Hashtags to Land Your Perfect Agent

In my previous article "4 Twitter Hashtags to Land Your Perfect Agent" we listed popular hashtags that industry professionals regularly peruse, but what if you write picture books? Look no further! #MSWL Having troubling finding the agents that really want your book? Then #MSWL is the hashtag for...

4 Twitter Hashtags to Land Your Perfect Agent

The road to publication is paved with hard work. As the saying goes, it is a marathon, not a sprint. But in this new digital era, gone are the days of submitting your precious manuscript to an agent or publishing house and waiting weeks or...