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 […]

June 8th, 2015

How Actions Determine Character and Arc

Les Edgerton

The writer who can master the art and craft of defining their characters by their actions is going to be the author whose work gets read. By lots and lots of folks… Enough, hopefully, that you’ll never again have to say to someone about the novel you’ve written that it’s “only available in […]

January 8th, 2014

5 Steps for Surviving a Revise and Resubmit

By Orly Konig-Lopez

Querying authors know the feeling: Your email pings with an incoming message. It’s from one of the agents who requested your manuscript. Your heart beats in your ears, you close one eye, tilt your head to a 35 degree angle and squint at the words. Maybe this is “the one.”

“Thank you […]

August 15th, 2011

The Long, Winding Road

By Laura Drake

After fourteen years of trying, I signed with an agent this month! That’s a lot of years to keep at something. But during down times along the way I’ve thought back to the first spark of the story, to get the inspiration to keep going.

Before I learned to ride my own, […]