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Literary Agents

Can You Land an Agent or Book Deal at a Writers Conference?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.26.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

If you're an unknown quantity, and you aren't sleeping with someone at a literary agency--or even if you are, in some cases--it's virtually impossible to get face time with a publishing professional, be it an agent, editor, or publisher.

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make in Their Query Letters

Alana Saltz | Posted 01.20.2016 | Books
Alana Saltz

As a writer, professional editor, and former intern for one of the top literary agencies in New York City, I've seen my fair share of query letters. A number of minor issues tend to pop up fairly consistently, but there's one mistake I see writers making again and again.

Getting Away: Of Islands and Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 01.20.2016 | Travel
Karen Dionne

To reach Salt Cay, fly into the Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau (Airport code: NAS). From there, a 45-minute taxi ride brings you to your accommodations at the Comfort Inn Suites on nearby Paradise Island.

How to Publish Books in Different Genres: Roxanna Elden on Books, Dogs, Kids and Agents

David Henry Sterry | Posted 01.15.2016 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Roxanna Elden at Miami Dade College where we were teaching a class on publishing. From the second she opened her mouth (which she did frequently) it was obvious she was a published author waiting to happen.

Debra Diamond on Going from Wall Street to Published Author

David Henry Sterry | Posted 12.09.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We first met Debra Diamond when at Pitchapalooza in Politics and Prose, one of the great book stores in America. She has completed an amazing journey ...

Josh Funk on the War Between Pancakes & French Toast, SCBWI & Getting Published

David Henry Sterry | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's called Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast, and it's a ripping barnburner full of outlandish action, heroic and dastardly characters, roller coaster rhymes and some absolutely fabulous illustrations by Brendan Kearney.

What's the Deal With Book Deals?

John P. David | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
John P. David

The book publishing world has been in tremendous flux in recent years, but I had no idea how much so until I began researching options for my own book about how to defend your reputation online. Here's what I have learned so far about the current state of publishing.

Inside Traditional Publishing: "Divorcing" Your Agent -- When It's Time to Say Goodbye

Karen Dionne | Posted 10.05.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Understand that according to most agency agreements, your previous agent will be entitled to receive compensation for sales they made while you were under contract with them, even though you are no longer working together.

Digital Branding for Authors: When to Start, What to Do and Why It's Important

Fauzia Burke | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Fauzia Burke

Authors, do you know your readers? If you know your readers well and can answer this question in detail, you could be on your way to publishing a successful book.

Waiting for the Gatekeepers

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.17.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of those people. By nature, I'm a rule follower. Even unwritten rules. If there's a way something is "supposed to be done," that's how I'll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents.

7-Step Formula for Success

Blayne Davis | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Blayne Davis

Countless self-help books flirt and kiss but rarely go all the way. Perhaps because for the most part it's the commercial appearance of value with their pretty fonts, lively testimonials, and convoluted messages that escape even the greatest cryptographer.

How to Find an Agent: The Book Doctors and Andy Ross

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
David Henry Sterry

The Book Doctors first met Andy Ross at Cody's Books, which was one of the most influential bookstores on the West Coast, smack dab in the middle of Telegraph Avenue in book-crazy Berkeley, California.

What I've Learned From 63 Days of Querying Agents

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Today I received another rejection from an agent. Another beating. Unlike previous form letters that felt impersonal, this one was bittersweet because I received it two weeks after the agent requested the full proposal.

Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 06.14.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.06.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 05.02.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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.