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Read This Before You Sign a Publishing Deal

Read This Before You Sign a Publishing Deal

So you finally got a contract. What does it mean? It was given to you by industry professionals. A thousand other writers have signed this same contract, so it must be safe, right. Wrong.

The Top 10 Mistakes Authors Make When Querying

The Top 10 Mistakes Authors Make When Querying

So you’ve finished that manuscript you’ve been working on for years, and now you’re ready to query. Before you fire off those amazing query letters, don’t do some of these things...

How To Up Your Writing Confidence, Score an Agent, and Get Published

How To Up Your Writing Confidence, Score an Agent, and Get Published

Guest post by author @misplacedcomma2. Are you a writer? When you answer that question do you look at people in the eye and say it with gusto? Or ...
5 Reasons You Need a Writing Buddy

5 Reasons You Need a Writing Buddy

By author Alisha Sevigny, one of our in-house expertsOriginally published at open-book.ca When it comes to your writing career, no one will get y...
The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent [2020]

The Ultimate Guide to Getting a Literary Agent [2020]

This is a comprehensive guide to finding and signing a deal with a literary agent for your novel or non-fiction book, so you can launch your writi...
How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 2]

How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 2]

A literary agent is a critical ally in your mission to write a great book and get it published.  To find a literary agent, you'll need to send hi...
How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 1]

How to Write an Effective Query Letter [Part 1]

A literary agent is a critical ally in your mission to write a great book and get it published.  To find a literary agent, you'll need to send him...
Find Your Literary Agent

Find Your Literary Agent

By Emily Potter When querying time arrives at last, the thought of plunking “agent” into a search engine and firing off a letter to anyone with a...
An Interview with Literary Agent & YA/Kidlit Expert Ali McDonald

An Interview with Literary Agent & YA/Kidlit Expert Ali McDonald

For this post we interviewed literary agent Ali McDonald. She’s the lead agent specializing in YA (Young Adult) and children’s literature at lite...