October 26th, 2016

3 Reasons Your Manuscript Gets Rejected by Agents

Sierra Godfrey

I am a reader. Yes, I read books, but I mean an agent’s reader. I read requested manuscripts. I read your requested manuscript.

Readers are one of the secrets of the industry—most agents utilize them as there are simply too many manuscripts and not enough pairs of eyes. Some agents use one or […]

April 27th, 2016

Why Instagram Works for Writers

Sierra Godfrey Fong

Jump in! The Instagram Water Is Fine!

Most writers I know make sounds resembling a dying wildebeest when you mention yet another social media outlet to grapple with.

And usually that’s Instagram.

We get Facebook (because we have to), and we get Twitter (you get Twitter, right? If not, you’re missing […]

January 27th, 2016

Social Media Tips for Keeping your Sanity

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Sierra Godfrey

If you’re anything like me, January isn’t so much a chance for resolutions and fresh starts as it is a reminder that now is no time to slack off. Things are still crazy!

For my part, I never make resolutions because I dislike it when I […]

October 28th, 2015

3 Basics of Author Online Presence

Sierra Godfrey

You might remember a hullabaloo in August on Twitter called Pitch Wars. It’s a contest where writers submit queries to agented and published writers in the hopes of being taken on as a mentee. The contest is a terrific opportunity to get detailed, one-on-one coaching from an experienced writer, but the sheer number […]

July 29th, 2015

The Art of the Flashback

Sierra Godfrey

Flashbacks can explain a lot about your character. Adding them into your story often gives the reader a glimpse of the texture that explains why your character does what she does—and goodness knows, we spend a lot of time thinking about how our characters got to where they are when we start telling […]