A Panel of Writers Discusses How they Got Their Agents

I don’t know about you, but I’m currently looking for an agent. Here’s a podcast panel with five agented writers talking about how they connected with those all-important partners in the publishing business.

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How to Structure a Picture Book

How to Structure a Picture Book

Even if you have not signed up for Julie Hedlund’s fantastic 12 x 12 (Twelve picture book manuscripts in twelve months) program, you can benefit from her line-up of featured authors, editors, and agents. First up this year, author and consultant Emma Walton Hamilton offers a super mini-course in picture book construction. If you have a manuscript, or just an idea, take a few minutes to read it. You won’t be sorry.

An Agent Critiques First Pages

An Agent Critiques First Pages

You only have a few paragraphs to capture a reader, whether a buyer on a site or in a bookstore, or a publishing professional. In this great post from Kathy Temean, agent  Sean McCarthy critiques first page submissions from three different children’s book authors.

NaNoWriMo Is for First Drafts

NaNoWriMo Is for First Drafts

Here’s a great post about what NaNoWriMo is great for, and what it is not. It will help you create a first draft and get down unexpected ideas. A draft like that will need many revisions. Leave your finished work alone for a while at the end of the month. Then go back and start the work of reshaping, adding, and cutting that will make your story work.

From the LitReactor Blog, Here’s a Great Post for Writers

If you want to get published, here’s a good article to read.

Questions Every Writer Should Be Asking But Isn’t | LitReactor.

What NOT to Include in Your First Pages

Here’s an article I’m going to be studying. You might want to take a look, too. It summarizes what sends up red flags for readers (agents or not).

Writer Unboxed » What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents.

FIRST FIVE FRENZY with Amy Boggs of The Donald Maass Literary Agency | chasingthecrazies

Here’s an interview with a top literary agent about the first five pages of your novel. Amy Boggs is currently open to queries. See her preferences on the Donald Maass Literary Agency site. (Also, be sure to read The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass. It’s amazing!)

FIRST FIVE FRENZY with Amy Boggs of The Donald Maass Literary Agency | chasingthecrazies.

Danielle Smith of Foreword Literary

This new agent may be just the partner you are looking for. She is seeking picture books, early readers, and other books for children. Read about her on WritersDigest.com!

New Literary Agent Alert: Danielle Smith of Foreword Literary | WritersDigest.com.

How to Choose the Right Tone for Your Query Letter

If you are writing a query letter, you might want to click on the link below and read the short post first. It’s very informative.

re: What’s the Right Tone for a Query Letter? | DearEditor.com.