The Agent Showcase Is Coming

November 1, 2016

Guess what, peeps! The end of Pitch Wars 2016 is almost here, and you know what that means, right? The AGENT SHOWCASE!!! What’s Pitch Wars? It’s a contest where agented and/or published authors and/or freelance editors mentor a writer for two months. At the end, there’s an agent showcase, where the writer’s pitch and first…

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When “Nothing Happens” in a Scene

October 25, 2016

What does it mean when an agent or editor tells you nothing happens in a scene? I mean, there’s at least one character in the scene. Why do industry professionals think nothing is happening? With some scenes, it’s pretty obvious. When you take a week or two away from your work and go back to…

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Agent Response Times – What Do They Mean?

October 18, 2016

If you’re querying agents, you’re probably checking your inbox every day. Ah. Who am I kidding? You’re checking it every hour, aren’t you? Maybe more often? Don’t worry. You aren’t alone. Querying can be tough. All the waiting. And the rejections. And the waiting. Did I mention the waiting? When you get a response (a…

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When to Check #MSWL (the Manuscript Wish List Hashtag)

October 4, 2016

Recently, I talked about #MSWL (the hashtag for Manuscript Wish List), where agents and editors post what they’d like to see in their inboxes. If you missed that post, check it out here: What I didn’t talk about in that post is when you should or shouldn’t check this hashtag. Let’s go over that…

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Social Media and You

September 27, 2016

If you’re a published author or you want to become published, you should be aware of your social media presence and how others perceive you. Understand that what you say online stays there forever. Whether it’s on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or another social media site, what you post, even after you delete it, can…

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Have You Seen These Query Stats?

September 20, 2016

For those of you who have queried, are querying, or are considering querying agents, have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to grab an agent’s attention? Take a look at the stats recently released on the blog at BookEnds, a literary agency. ( Maybe this will give you an idea as to why it’s…

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It’s THAT Day Again…

September 13, 2016

Guys, do you know what day it is? It’s #MSWL day. Know what that means? It stands for Manuscript Wish List. This is the hashtag AGENTS and EDITORS use to let querying writers know what they’d like to see in their inboxes. And on #MSWL day, agents and editors update their wish lists on the…

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#TeamDominate’s 2016 Pitch Wars Stats

September 6, 2016

It’s Pitch Wars stats time. For those who are curious how many entries #TeamDominate received, what genres dominated (heh), and what we requested… Here you go. Destiny and I received 141 YA entries. Here’s the breakdown of those entries: *Note: I combined some subgenres into these genres. Thriller: 10 Fantasy: 84 Contemporary: 24 Horror: 6…

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Make Your Characters Suffer

August 30, 2016

Make your characters suffer. You’ve probably heard this before. It’s nothing new. However, writers don’t always know what it means—what it really means. There are two things you need to understand in order to properly implement this rule. 1) Making a character suffer is NOT about other characters treating him/her badly. 2) Making a character…

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Being a Prolific Writer Part 2

August 16, 2016

Last week, I talked about the benefits and drawbacks of being a prolific writer. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to write as fast as the authors I wrote about. But maybe you want to improve your speed and need some tricks. You came to the right place. Here are 14 tips on how to…

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