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BREAKING INTO PRINT: The Art of Writing an Irresistible Query

Send to Kindle I’m delighted to announce the inauguration of a new Next Level online workshop, entitled “BREAKING INTO PRINT: The Art of Writing an Irresistible Query.” The Course           You’ve written a novel or memoir, edited it, polished it … Continue reading

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What Sort of Publishing Is Right For You?

Send to Kindle In my last post, I wrote about the results of a large though unscientific survey of authors, which revealed a high level of dissatisfaction around the areas of marketing, sales and income. This struck me as profoundly … Continue reading

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Query Fails: Why They Happen

Send to Kindle   In my eternal quest for procrastination, I turned this morning to Slushpile Hell, a site to which writers have turned from time immemorial (since 2010) for a hearty laugh and a pleasant glow of superiority. The … Continue reading

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Top Ten Ways To Get Rejected By Your Dream Agent

Send to Kindle   Last week, West Coast literary agent Pam van Hylckama Vlieg was in her car on the way to pick up her daughter at school when she was suddenly attacked by a man wielding a baseball bat. … Continue reading

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Publishing Mosquitoes

Send to Kindle It’s a bad year for mosquitoes – or rather, a great year for mosquitoes, a bad one for their prey. On Long Island, where I live, I can’t step out to the garden without being attacked. There’s … Continue reading

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Gail Hochman Interview, Part 2

Send to Kindle Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a literary agency? There’s not a lot of transparency in the business. Most agents erect high walls to protect themselves from constant interruption and to preserve their … Continue reading

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Interview with Literary Agent Gail Hochman

Send to Kindle If you think of getting published as a game of Candyland (younger readers, think of your favorite fantasy video game; religious readers, think of Pilgrim’s Progress), there is a broad swathe of the board, close to the … Continue reading

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Interview with Viking Editor Tara Singh

Send to Kindle Today I have a huge treat for you: an interview with Ms. Tara Singh, an editor with Viking/Penguin who, I’m delighted to say, is now my editor, having acquired my latest novel for publication in 2013. If … Continue reading

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Your Novel In One Paragraph

Send to Kindle Last week, in my post about Query Letter Do’s and Don’t’s, I suggested that you limit your description of your novel to just a few intriguing lines. What I didn’t say (ducking the hard part) was how … Continue reading

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QUERY LETTER DO’S AND DON’T’S

Send to Kindle   Coming soon: interviews with Viking editor Tara Singh, top agent Gail Hochman, and bestselling author Diana Gabaldon. Sign up for the RSS or email feed so you won’t miss these!   At a certain point, after … Continue reading

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