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Writing Your Query Letter – Your Bio Part 2 New!

Welcome back. Now you know what to include in your Bio but what about what you should never say? Let’s see: What Not To Include Never say that your work is copyrighted. All written work is copyrighted and saying so makes you look like nothing more than...

Writing Your Query Letter – Your Bio Part 1 New!

Truly good query letters are written in three separate parts – an introduction, your pitch, and your bio. It is the last part that seems to cause the most issues and raises the most questions so, keeping that in mind, there are some things you...

7 Ways to Deal With Notes From Your Editor – Part 2

Let’s continue with the tips on how to deal with your first edited manuscript. Tip Three – Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions If you really are not sure about an edit and you’ve tried to find an answer on your own, have a word with your...

7 Ways to Deal With Notes From Your Editor – Part 1

It’s here, the day you have been waiting for. Your editor has messaged you that your manuscript edits are complete. Your heart pounds as you save that edited work on your computer and then you open it. You hope to see only a few errors that...

Q & A – Querying a Literary Agent – Part 3

Welcome to the final part of this series. By now, you should be getting a good idea of what you should and shouldn’t be doing in your query letter. Just a few more questions and you will have the whole picture. I’m Pitching a Novel; Do I...

Q & A – Querying a Literary Agent – Part 2

Welcome back to part 2, let’s jump straight in with a few more questions. Do Agents Need to Know, in a Query, if I am Writing a Series? As a matter of courtesy, yes, but you could also mention that it can be a standalone book too....

Q & A – Querying a Literary Agent – Part 1

When you are ready to start contacting literary agents to represent you, the process is not quite as cut and dried as you may think. It certainly isn’t a case of keep on emailing because something positive will happen sooner or later! There are plenty...

Manuscript Rejection – Dealing With The Feedback

You’ve sent your manuscript to several agents and now the feedback is starting to come back. One thinks your characters need a bit of pizazz but your setting is perfect; another loves the story but feels your voice is all wrong. How do you deal with...

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,...