At some point in your writing life, you will have completed a manuscript and are ready to move forward on your path to become published. First, acknowledge what you’ve accomplished! The how-to-write learning curve, for most writers, is extensive. It involves classes, attending writers’ conferences, and participation in critique groups. You’ve taken these steps...
A confession: I bristled at being called a “screenwriter” while jacket copy for Magicians Impossible, my debut novel, was being finalized. Everyone else wanted that facet of my biography in; I wanted it out. I didn’t want to be “screenwriter with debut novel,” which to most reading pegs said debut novel as “movie idea...
I was a trial lawyer for thirty-one years before I retired and began a second career as a mystery/crime novelist. My law practice was not glamorous—no flashy criminal trials or high-profile, big-dollar civil cases. I did run-of-the-mill civil litigation: mostly real estate claims, business disputes, contract matters and employment cases. Contrary to the image...
Literary agents represent writers who want to submit their manuscripts to traditional publishers. Agents manage the submission process and negotiate the resulting contract. Here’s what else they might do for their clients: Advise on developmental edits. Manage relationships with publishers and editors. Handle crisises. Hunt down overdue royalty checks. Submit books to reviewers and...
Literary agent Ann Leslie Tuttle is open to queries! She is actively seeking all kinds of romance, from contemporaries, historicals, and romantic suspense to paranormals and inspirationals.
In this #DVpit Blog Hop post, debut author Aminah Mae Safi shares the story of her character from her debut novel, Not the Girl You’re Looking For, and her #DVpit experience.
Today is the official pub date of the Guide to Literary Agents 2018, though you may have found that it’s been available earlier in bookstores and on Amazon. (And if you were at the Writer’s Digest Conference, you know we had early copies available of it for purchase!) Nonetheless, today is the official official...
Douglas Haynes shares nine tips for writing and targeting a book proposal, based on his experience crafting more than thirty drafts of the proposal for his debut book.
In this #DVpit Blog Hop post, literary agent Kari Sutherland shares how the five sense can be better utilized in developing excellent scenes in your fiction.
Literary agent Alexander Field is open to queries! He is seeking memoir, biography, Christian spirituality, literary fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and more.
Television writer Hollie Overton shares three skills from screenwriting that have helped her write two novels, as well as three skills she had to learn while writing fiction.
KD Proctor, whose debut novel Meet Me Under the Stars, released in July 2017, shares her decision to go with a small publisher in lieu of waiting to find the right agent.
Industry veterans Jody Rein and Michael Larsen share an excerpt from their new book, How to Write a Book Proposal 5th Edition, about the preferred order for drafting a book proposal.
Debut author Jo Furniss breaks down five keys to writing grip-lit—a new, widely read genre that puts female characters in danger, but also in the driver’s seat of their story.
Literary agent Amaryah Orenstein is open to queries! She is interested in contemporary and historical fiction, family relationships and coming-of-age stories, memoir, and more.
Senior Publicist Sara Wigal shares her experience in publishing, from working at a literary agency as an intern, editing at a magazine, and now creating creative plans for authors in the form of publicity.
Debut novelist, Jonathan Rosen, shares the waiting process he went through to get an agent—ultimately landing one who is a champion of his work and career.
Literary agent Meg LaTorre-Snyder is open to queries! She is looking for fantasy, historical fiction, romance, space opera, steam punk, and thrillers in young adult, new adult, and adult categories.
Kacie Renfro, still seeking literary representation, shares her story of querying for years, searching for the right agent to represent her novels.
Author Melody Delgado and her literary agent Cyle Young share their process of finding each other in the slush pile.
Picture book writer Lisa Katzenberger shares how she found her agent by participating in Twitter pitch contests and parties, including PBParty.
Couldn’t make it to the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with some of the best tips on queries, pitching, and general agent advice below. Also, be sure to check out #WDC17 on Twitter for more great writing tips and advice from...
Former secret service agent Dan Emmett shares his five secrets to compiling a fascinating memoir—the same five tips he used when working on his memoir, I AM A SECRET SERVICE AGENT.
Writer and public relations expert Lora Hyler shares her personal journey in querying, searching for an agent, and the importance of attending writer residencies to connect with other writers.
Award-winning author Barry Lancet shares five secrets he’s learned in his writing career about developing a character who can carry a series of novels.