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Literary Agents

Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Graham Milne

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.

Memoirs: No One Wants to Read Your Diary

Jennifer S. Wilkov | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Jennifer S. Wilkov

We all have a story to tell. Our lives are our stories. That's why the memoir category exists--because we love to read biographies and memoirs of those names we know and the people we want to learn more about.

Inside Traditional Publishing: An Agent's Take on Contracts

Karen Dionne | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Of all the skills a literary agent is required to have, the most important is the ability to negotiate well on behalf of the author client. Authors hire agents to protect their business interests in publishing. How do you know if your agent is a good negotiator?

Inside Traditional Publishing: Good Agents Geek Out About Contracts

Karen Dionne | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Publishers often change their contracts to give themselves more favorable terms. Agents who are paying attention pick up on the differences and understand the ramifications. Agents who aren't, don't.

Embracing My OzGoth

Mina Samuels | Posted 03.18.2015 | Books
Mina Samuels

As of last week, my agent is trying to sell a new book I wrote. My first instinct is to hide under the covers all day, every day until...well, until ...

Navigating the Bumpy Road to 'Published'

Michelle Kennedy | Posted 03.13.2015 | Books
Michelle Kennedy

I watched live television coverage of the multicar accident for an entire day before recognizing my father's Chevy pickup pinned between two semi trucks. A news reporter at the time, I narrowly avoided being assigned to cover the collision that killed my father.

Inside Traditional Publishing: Agents and Editors, Working Together

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Agents lie to editors? I remember thinking. Apparently, some do. Editors know it, and it makes their jobs that much harder.

Finding Her Own Way in Paris: Meet Author/Publisher Adria J. Cimino

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Meet Adria J. Cimino, author of Close to Destiny, and one of the publishers behind Velvet Morning Press. Cimino stepped away from both traditional publishing and the United States. After her move to Paris, she teamed up with author Vicki Lesage to form Velvet Morning Press.

The Agent/Author Relationship: The Push Me - Pull You Of Publishing

Stacey Graham | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Stacey Graham

The most important role of an agent is to be honest, even when you don't like that they're not on board with your most recent idea. That's when you trust their experience and their role within the publishing community and just let it go or chat about self-publishing options.

A Man of Few Words

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.24.2015 | Books
Mitch Ditkoff

Last year I wrote a 360-page book that attracted the attention of one of the world's most celebrated literary agents. He was so moved by my writing that he immediately took me on as a client and, one week later, sold my book to one of New York's leading publishing houses.

When Should You Settle For Your Second-Choice Literary Agent?

| Posted 12.24.2014 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: So you’ve written a (stupendous) novel and you’ve submitted queries to multiple literary agents. Now all you have to ...

Why I've Decided to Opt-Out of Finding an Agent for My Memoir, "Accidental Soldier"

Dorit Sasson | Posted 02.03.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Frankly, I always envisioned my memoir among some of the biggest publishing houses in the world. In fact, it's been my dream. I couldn't think of going any other route.

Little White Lies: Are They Good or Bad in Publishing?

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 12.23.2014 | Books
Judy Mollen Walters

If you've been in publishing at all -- no matter what your role -- author, editor, publisher, agent... you've undoubtedly told a few little white lies or been on the receiving end of them.

When Should You Change Your Book for an Agent or Editor?

Brooke Warner | Posted 12.14.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

Remember that an agent who wants to represent you is courting you. Allow yourself to be courted; don't throw yourself at the first prospect that comes along and agree to make changes you don't really want to make. Be flexible; don't be a doormat.

Breaking In: Voice

Karen Dionne | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

All agents and editors look for different things in a manuscript. For authors hoping to sell their novel to a major publisher, this variety of tastes and opinions works in their favor: one man's trash is another woman's treasure. But one item comes up over and over again: Voice.

Breaking in: It's All in the Writing

Karen Dionne | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

At its core, a book is not only the vision of its author; it is also a collection of words on a page. By necessity, the arrangement of those words sho...

Breaking In: Making Your Story Impossible to Put Down

Karen Dionne | Posted 10.27.2014 | Books
Karen Dionne

What makes a story impossible to put down? Faculty members of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat offer their best advice to aspiring writers.

Why You're Probably Not Famous Enough to Land a Book Deal

Brooke Warner | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

The hard truth is that most of us do not have that shiny quality that agents and editors are looking for. And it's not your fault if you don't. That allure is something that generally takes years to build and grow.

I Wrote an Amazon Bestseller in a Week

John Blumenthal | Posted 08.30.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

I wrote a book last week. I've never written a book before but so what? They're just words on a computer screen, right? I've written stuff before -- ...

What the Amazon vs. Hachette Debate Ignores: Independent Authors

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 08.08.2014 | Books
Lorraine Devon Wilke

It's a fascinating debate, a fascinating time, one that mirrors much of what's already happened in the music industry, in journalism, art and photography; even online news aggregation. And, as in all revolutionary movements, the paradigm is shifting, to use a weary phrase.

How to Fulfill Your Destiny

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

But each of us is given a unique thread, a point-of-view, a message to contribute to the story of humankind. Somewhere deep down, we know what it is, but we sell out for one reason or another.

Jane Yolen, America's Hans Christian Anderson, on Rejection, Reading Out Loud & the Keys to Writing Great Books for Kids

David Henry Sterry | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

One of the great things about attending a great writer's conference is that you get to bask in the glow, and imbibe the wisdom of, great writers.

The Literary Road Show: Giving Writers Feedback and Support, not Statistics and Hype

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Bernard Starr

What authors and wannabee authors crave is feedback on their manuscripts and proposals from publishing professionals -- mainly literary agents and editors.

What Compels an Agent to Sign an Author? Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part III of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"The reality is, it's a brave new world of publishing, and agents are only one part of it."

Indie Authors Seeking an Agent: Take Note! Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part II of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

"If a book has 250 reviews with 4 and 5 stars, and 70,000 in sales, this author has a lot of promise." -- Michelle Brower If you're an Indie author l...