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

Heather Hummel | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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...

So, You Want to Publish Your Book?

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

You wrote a book, and you want the world to read it. Thus, here's some ideas for how you can publish your own work, and start designing opportunities for yourself in the literary world.

The Author Success Story Behind ABC's Resurrection: Q&A With Literary Agents Jeff Kleinman and Michelle Brower (Part I of III)

Heather Hummel | Posted 04.07.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

What began as an interview with literary agents Jeff Kleinman, Founding Partner, and Michelle Brower, Senior Vice President, of Folio Literary Management turned into enough material for a three part Q&A series on what agents really want from authors.

Why I Love Query Rejections

A.J. Walkley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Books
A.J. Walkley

The rejections are a learning opportunity. A rejection tells me that this particular agent is not the right fit for my work; he or she will not be the best advocate and is not the partner I need in this next chapter of my writing career.

The Success Story of a Failed Novelist

Nina Badzin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Women
Nina Badzin

Those novels were not meant to be. Those agents weren't meant to be. That's not the kind of writing I want to do anymore.

Did Someone Say 'Classic'? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Could Not Be Published Today

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Peter Mandel

You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.

Why I Write For Free

Kristen Hansen Brakeman | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Kristen Hansen Brakeman

Sure it would be great if we could pick a day where each town crier would climb to the top of a mountain and yell, "Henceforth, no more free words!" But in the real world, it's just not going to work.

Booking Bad: Dying Author Has Difficult Conversation With Literary Agent

Linda Howard Urbach | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy
Linda Howard Urbach

It had been two and a half years since I received his last report. I didn't want to bug him, but my time is very short. I desperately needed a sale.

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

Why Agents Reject 96% of Author Submissions

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Heather Hummel

The reason for rejections typically comes down to a few key issues. Follow these solutions, and my bet is doors will start opening.

Queen for a Day: Surviving Blogher

William Dameron | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
William Dameron

My plan for the conference was simple. I would casually bump into a literary agent who would immediately recognize me and sign me up on the spot.

Where You Live Might Change Your Writing Career

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.28.2013 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writers and other publishing types love to give new writers advice about how to be successful. But there's one subject they never mention: location.

My Writing Journey to Publishing Continues, Part 5

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.12.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

I will always remember that day, not only because of that validating review, but that was the very same day that my job, along with several of my peers, was eliminated at Borders Books.

My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 4

Carol Hoenig | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Recently, I picked up a journal I had begun keeping when I committed to this writing thing and came across this entry from years ago: I had a twinge of uneasiness tonight in regards to Place of Angels. What if I can't sell this one, either? Then what?

What Makes a Character 'Midwestern?'

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Nina Badzin

"Southern" conjures up certain images and characteristics in my mind. Same goes for the West Coast, Upper Northwest, Southwest, New York, and New England. But what about the Midwest? What does it mean to be Midwestern?

WRITER WEDNESDAY: Tips For Dealing With Literary Agents

| Posted 05.15.2013 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: If you’ve sent your query to a handful of literary agents and one comes back asking you for an exclusive, don’t get n...

10 Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author That I Learned the Hard Way

Deborah Plummer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Books
Deborah Plummer

I have been blessed to be a published author both by the traditional process and I have self-published where I managed every aspect of the process. From both processes, here is what I have learned.

Sharon, Will You Go Out With Me?

John Malik | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
John Malik

The process and emotions are eerily similar. I plot, plan and carefully script the query to my novel hoping that the object of my desire will say yes please, show me a bit more.

Unlucky '13: 10 Predictions of How It's Gonna Get Worse for New York Publishers in the Coming Year

Michael_Levin | Posted 03.02.2013 | Books
Michael_Levin

Maybe the Mayans had the American publishing industry in mind when their calendar conked out. If you thought 2012 was a bad year for traditional book publishing, and it was, you'll be nostalgic for it by the end of 2013.

7 Great Things About Being a Writer (and Seven More That Suck)

Jason Pinter | Posted 01.30.2013 | Books
Jason Pinter

One time I got a package containing a tattered copy of my book along with a handwritten note. To a writer, this is like going up to a stranger and telling them that a) they could use some plastic surgery, and b) you'd like to perform it yourself.

US Publishers Remain Fascinated by Lives of the Fading WASP Elite

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Alan Elsner

In modern America, the heyday of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, also known as the WASP, is some decades behind us. But in American literature, WASPs continue to fascinate -- perhaps because the publishing industry is one of their last redoubts.

First, Stop All the Literary Agents

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.03.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I keep meeting authors who rave about their agents as if they were combinations of the Buddha and Captain America. My own experience with agents has been anything but positive, and the first agent who took me on was a paragon of imperfection.

Literary Agents You Should Avoid

| Posted 09.05.2012 | Books

By Writer's Relief staff: Beginner and veteran writers alike can be victimized by shady literary agents. If you don’t know what to look for, you...

Ten Tips for Nabbing Yourself a Literary Agent

Jay Clark | Posted 08.25.2012 | Books
Jay Clark

So, after years of torturing yourself beyond emotional repair, making several highly unnecessary sacrifices to the gods, and, finally, signing a contract (in blood) entitled Deal with the Devil, you've managed to finish your book.

How To Follow Up With A Literary Agent

| Posted 05.30.2012 | Books

From Writer's Relief staff: It’s hard to be patient when you’ve sent out a query letter and still haven’t heard back from your literary age...