July 19, 2019
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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June 8, 2019
Cristen's Wish List: Fiction Projects

I'm actively looking for thought-provoking and nuanced literary, upmarket, and Southern Gothic (grit lit) fiction projects. I help clients develop high-stakes fiction that moves: clear goals, conflict, strong character development, interesting protagonists, complex antagonists, and situations that drive the story. I’m particularly interested in nuanced stories with a strong sense of place, where setting and […]

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June 5, 2019
Which Publishing Option Is Right for You: Traditional, Indie, Hybrid, Partner, or Self?

originally posted 2015 Are you writing a book but aren't sure which publishing option is right for you? There are many options: traditional, indie, hybrid (sometimes called partner), and self-publishing. This article is designed to help you identify which one fits your needs and goals. I’ll provide a brief overview of each option’s business model, […]

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May 5, 2015
Which Publishing Option Is Right for You: Traditional, Indie, or Self?

Are you writing a book but aren't sure which publishing option is right for you? There are many options: traditional, indie, hybrid (sometimes called partner), and self-publishing. This article is designed to help you identify which one fits your needs and goals. I’ll provide a brief overview of each option’s business model, pros and cons, […]

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February 4, 2015
Why You Should Participate in a Twitter Pitch Event

If you are an author who aspires to have your book published by any means other than self-publishing, you absolutely should participate in Twitter pitch events because literary agents and acquisition editors are participating. If you’re an author in the making and don’t have a book to publish yet, you absolutely should not participate in […]

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