December 12th, 2016
It’s December—the month after National Novel Writing Month. We blink our eyes and search around like the lights just came up in the bar. Or maybe our expressions are more like that look a cat gets when a kid puts a paper bag over it for a few minutes and then […]
December 9th, 2016
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 […]
September 9th, 2016
In the publishing world, an “elevator pitch” is a one-sentence (under one minute) pitch an author gives an agent, editor, or reader in order to prompt interest in a manuscript or book.
I’ve heard a lot of these over the years, and I help authors write (or revise) them in conference settings. In […]
August 12th, 2016
Whether you publish traditionally or as an author-publisher, it’s critical to understand the rights you own—and the ones you give away (even temporarily) by contract. Otherwise, it’s impossible to tell if you’re getting an excellent deal, an industry-standard arrangement, or an offer you should walk (or run) away from.
Today, let’s look at […]