Backstory and Foreshadowing: are you showing or telling?

Backstory is crucial to building a relationship between the reader and the material. This allows the reader feel like they know the character like a friend: the anecdotes, stories, likes and disappointments the characters have gone through as though the reader has been privy to that information like a confidant. It seems easy enough, butContinue reading “Backstory and Foreshadowing: are you showing or telling?”

Sample Material: do’s and don’t’s

When asked to send sample material follow these guidelines: – Most obviously, send your manuscript in the file format that is asked of you. Often times authors send in material in pdf or rtf when we specifically ask for doc or it is password protected. This is a simple task that allows the agent toContinue reading “Sample Material: do’s and don’t’s”

An Introduction

Hello, all. Welcome to my blog where I will be discussing querying, writing tips, the publishing industry, conferences and book fairs, submissions, answering author questions and posting links to my favourite sites and blogs. While there are many excellent agent blogs in existence (Pub Rants and Book Ends to name two) this will be anContinue reading “An Introduction”