Being an agent is about reading between the lines

Agents are looking for projects that are as close to ‘ready’ as they can be. Of course we want a quick turn around on projects because that gets the enthusiasm moving right along from writer to agent to editor. However, we’re always doing edits and we’re always looking for potential in our query inboxes as wellContinue reading “Being an agent is about reading between the lines”

How To Critique Other Writers

Part of being in the writing community is critiquing, editing and beta reading other writers’ work. It can bring so much to your own writing by helping you be clear about craft issues. And it can be a wonderful circle of support. However, it’s one thing to read someone’s work, but it’s another to provideContinue reading “How To Critique Other Writers”

Self-editing: 4 reasons why you must kill your darlings

I’m a big proponent of self-editing and teaching writers how to tackle revisions on their own. I’ve given talks to writers’ groups, presented at writers’ conferences, and blogged about it before (see below for further reading). Self-editing is the difference between a novice and and someone who has trained in their craft. So many timesContinue reading “Self-editing: 4 reasons why you must kill your darlings”

With the act of writing, you’re a writer

Many writers feel this stress that if they aren’t published anywhere, then they aren’t a writer. They worry they won’t be taken seriously. They worry that’s just a hobby and will never be anything more. I want to reassure everyone that with the act of writing, and consciously sitting down to do it, you areContinue reading “With the act of writing, you’re a writer”