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The Job of a Literary Agent and How to Know if They're Good at It

Contracting with a literary agent and getting a traditional publishing contract remains the holy grail of many authors and aspiring authors, but getting the attention of agents and publishers is becoming increasingly difficult. Most advice out there, including what I offer, is geared toward making you more appealing to agents. But there's something that isn't […]

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March 27, 2019
A Freelance Editor's Take on Gatekeepers, Literary Snobs, and Naysayers

You don’t have to look far for a blog post by an angry author or listen long at a writer’s event to hear someone complain about “gatekeepers,” “literary snobs,” and “naysayers.” That’s nonsense. It’s a linguist temper tantrum pure and simple and demonstrates willful ignorance.* PUBLISHING IS A BUSINESS OF YES Literary agents and traditional […]

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6 Query Letter Must-Haves

If you want to sell the idea of your novel to a literary agent or small press' acquisition editor you must have an excellent query letter. Not an excellent book, an excellent query letter. There are many excellent books out there that will never be published (by a publisher that uses editorial discretion*) because the […]

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