December 28th, 2016

2017 Submission Alert — Your Synopsis

Suzanne Purvis

A new year full of writing possibilities, hopefully including the most exciting possibility: sending out your submission package to agents and/or editors.

You’ve finished your novel, revised, revised, revised, and polished.

Your query letter is tantalizing.

Now you’re in need of the last, and most important, piece of your submission package–the synopsis.

Oh, […]

December 26th, 2016

Coffee, Chocolate, and Whine

Kathryn Craft

Turning Whine into Gold

If Facebook posts are to be trusted, all a creative writer needs to be productive is coffee, chocolate, and wine. Rather than flow rich with ideas and possibilities, the creative blood of many writers is a biochemistry experiment gone awry.

You already know why we rely upon caffeine, nutrient-poor […]

December 21st, 2016

What Lights a Fire Under You?

Jamie Raintree

The holidays are a time for slowing down and reflecting on the past year. They’re also a time for thinking about the year to come. Whether or not you set resolutions, no doubt you’ve got ideas about what you’d like to accomplish in 2017 and the bad habits you want to leave behind […]

December 19th, 2016

Believe in Your Work – It’s More Important Than You Think

James Preston

“I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

We’ll come back to that in a minute.

Story is important. What we do is important. My guess is you believe that or you wouldn’t be reading this blog. I had that knowledge driven home one year on vacation.

Welcome to another installment of […]

December 9th, 2016

How to Find Your Agent Match

Susan Spann

While authors often obsess about getting any agent to represent them, in reality, writers should be concerned about finding the right agent—the one whose personality, business habits, and expectations are a match to the author’s own.

The author-agent relationship is a partnership. Like any business relationship, its success is heavily dependent […]