Literary Agent Misconceptions

New writers often think of agents as inaccessible gatekeepers. With these perceptions come many misconceptions about what we do and don’t do: Agents are fairy godmothers. It’s not our job to ‘fix’ things. Once you get an agent the work does not end, it just begins. You need to present your best work and we mayContinue reading “Literary Agent Misconceptions”

How to Pitch an Agent in Person

I’m back from two wonderful writers conferences: Missouri Writers’ Guild (in St. Louis) and Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc (in Oklahoma City). After whirlwind back-to-back weekends of pitch sessions I share some of my top tips for pitching agents in person: You are the best advocate for your own work. So pitch me looking me inContinue reading “How to Pitch an Agent in Person”

Why simultaneously submitting to very small presses and literary agents is not working

I’ve seen an upswing in authors simultaneously submitting to very small print presses and e-publishers as well as literary agents. I’m going to share my frustrations with this practice. I understand that writers are looking for a ‘win’ in a sea of rejection and to get themselves bumped up in the slush pile, but thisContinue reading “Why simultaneously submitting to very small presses and literary agents is not working”

An agent has opened the door to conversation. Now what?

The moment has come, an agent has requested and read your full manuscript and while it wasn’t an offer the agent has provided editorial notes and opened the door to seeing a rewrite or future work. Great news! You’ve caught someone’s eye, and even though it wasn’t what you wanted (i.e. ‘the call’) it’s aContinue reading “An agent has opened the door to conversation. Now what?”