[Podcast] What Do Literary Agents Look for in a Manuscript? 3 honing the writing craft agents podcast post Aug 01, 2022

 “What do you look for in a manuscript?”

It’s a question every literary agent hears hundreds of times throughout their careers. And it’s the golden question writers want an answer to.

But answers vary from agent to agent. Most answers tend to be generic. Or they fail...

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[Podcast] What to Include in a Query Letter 5 promoting your writing agents podcast post Jun 28, 2022

What is a query letter? And what should you include in a query letter?

A query letter convinces a literary agent to read your work. Think of it as a sales piece. It’s your first (and sometimes your only opportunity) to present your book in a simple, concise manner so that an agent can...

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[Blog] Should You Query Through Twitter Pitch Events? 5 promoting your writing agents blog post Mar 17, 2022

Querying an agent can be exhausting and terrifying. There are a multitude of ways to query an agent, ranging from writers’ conferences to emailing a submission. But there is another way to query that is not as well-known: Twitter pitch events.

Twitter pitch events are a virtual opportunity...

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[Podcast] Literary Agent Adria Goetz on Querying an Agent 5 promoting your writing agents podcast post Nov 16, 2021

Where do you find an agent? How do you query them? What if they reject your work?

Querying an agent can be downright daunting. You first wonder, Where do I find an agent? And once you find a handful, your inside screams, “She’ll probably laugh at my writing!”

We sat down with...

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[Podcast] The Ways and Means of a Literary Agent 4 publishing your writing agents podcast post Sep 28, 2021

"How do I find a literary book agent?" is one of the most common questions of aspiring writers.

Literary agent Don Gates, founder of The Gates Group, has a few ideas. He says that he, like most agents, looks for books that publishers would be interested in. These books have this in common: the...

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[Podcast] Advertising Iconoclast Jim Morris on Narrowing Your Book Audience and Book Agents 4 publishing your writing agents podcast post Apr 16, 2021

By Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

The popularity of A&E's "Mad Men" is in part reflective of our cultural obsession with the world of advertising. Just think of the Super Bowl! Millions of Americans tune into it for the commercial breaks as much as for the game (maybe...

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[Podcast] Bestselling Author Lorilee Craker on Book Agents, Writing Habits, and Meeting Oprah 1 developing the writer's mindset agents podcast post Feb 22, 2021

By Melissa Parks and Dave Goetz

"Brittany Spears' mom is looking for a co-writer."

The call came out of the blue.

Lorilee Craker's book agent knew the business manager of Lynne Spears, the mother of the pop star. A few hours together in Nashville sealed the deal, and Lorilee became the co-author...

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