Check self-entitlement at the door. Your novel is a fresh start.

No matter where you are in your life or your writing the road to publication starts off at the same point for everyone: unknown debuts. It’s easy to carry things from your life into your writing–expectations of success, timelines, ideas about working relationships and more–but, you have to be easy on yourself, let go ofContinue reading “Check self-entitlement at the door. Your novel is a fresh start.”

The author/agent ratio

How agents spend their working day is a bit confusing for many authors. There is the impression that we read all day long, when in fact the reading we do is on the weekends and evenings. What we do during the week involved managing submissions for new work and managing relationships between editors, and clientsContinue reading “The author/agent ratio”

“It ain’t over ’til it’s over”

Aspiring writers have heard how long it can take to get representation (if at all) and how long it can take to get an offer on their book from a publisher (if at all). But still, so many writers ask how long it will take for them. Agents are vague about this not because weContinue reading ““It ain’t over ’til it’s over””

Managing Expectations

It’s one thing to have a fantastic manuscript and big dreams, but it’s another to have unrealistic expectations about how the industry will unfold in front of you. Each manuscript has a different path to publication–if it’s destined to be there–but, there are certain realities that never change: Be prepared. Know how the industry worksContinue reading “Managing Expectations”