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A Novelist's Journey - Episode 4

Inspirational as a Sunrise!

Your First Writer’s Conference:

How to Survive and Thrive

If I knew then what I know now…I would have had a much better experience at my first writer’s conference. 1,228 more words

The Diary of an Unpublished Author #8

Dear Diary,

This one is all about rejections. Dum, dum, dum.

I’m not going to pretend that I haven’t received any rejections from literary agents in the quest for a book publishing deal… 418 more words


The Readers

Now that I’m nearing the end of phase 3 (of my three phase editing process), I’m approaching the exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking task of letting people actually read my work-in-progress and give me feedback on it. 297 more words


How To Write A Query

So, you’ve written your novel, had it beta-read and now it’s polished and ready for submission to literary agents. Up next? The query letter. It’s just a simple one-page document… and yet it is everything in terms of whether or not an agent reads your first chapter. 24 more words


Self-publishing has its risks

I began representing authors late in 2008, shortly after self-publishing suddenly had become incredibly easy and no longer required an up-front contribution of cash. Optional, carefully considered investments in the editing, design, and marketing of a self-published book were likely to improve its popularity with readers and increase sales, but at the time, few eager self-publishers were thinking that far ahead. 505 more words


Double Agent... (A Gent, part 2)

So at the end of my last post, I reproduced the letter I had sent to Peter Buckman at the Ampersand Agency. It was a risky strategy. 871 more words


A year ago today I signed a book deal. So what's it really been like?

A year ago today I signed a book deal and the past 365 days have been a whirlwind of highs and lows; pride and anxiety; celebrations and tears. 927 more words