April 30, 2019
Genre First, not as an Afterthought

I just returned from a writing conference where I heard a commonly held but very wrong belief among aspiring authors: “Don’t worry about genre. Your literary agent will help you identify that.” While an agent may help you to identify subgenres and affinity groups for marketing purposes, you must know the genre or blend of […]

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April 8, 2019
What Your Word Count Tells Me Before I Read Your Manuscript

With no knowledge other than your manuscript’s word count and whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, I can with a high degree of accuracy predict three things: your skill as a writer (and, therefore, readiness to publish) your knowledge of the book market and publishing industry your understanding of and empathy with your ideal reader What […]

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