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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...
How Much Character Development is Too Much?

How Much Character Development is Too Much?

Guest post by author Chase Connor Writers should develop characters like they do their relationships. We meet a coworker, a new friend, a romanti...
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...

NaNoWriMo Self-Care Tips by Brian Whitmore

1. Eat healthy! Even though National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) may seem like a purely mental game, it's also intensely physical. Your body ha...