Are You Holding On To Your Book Too Long? 4 Signs You’re Ready to Share Your Work With the Publishing Industry

Everyone has an opinion: your critique group, your family etc. If you’re writing a book you need to show it to people to get it published, right? Your critique group or family has watched you toil over your writing for months, years or decades. And often they’re the ones that say: “Send it out!” Are youContinue reading “Are You Holding On To Your Book Too Long? 4 Signs You’re Ready to Share Your Work With the Publishing Industry”

Agent perspective: What’s wrong with your manuscript

Pitching your book to no avail? Are agents not being forthcoming with advice? Getting ready to submit in the new year? The definitive guide to what’s wrong with most manuscripts: 1. All internal conflict, no external conflict. Does more happen in the character’s head than in the plot? This is going to be a problemContinue reading “Agent perspective: What’s wrong with your manuscript”

Why Agents Pass On Material They Say They Are Looking For

Many writers on Twitter know how great #MSWL is. It’s a hashtag where agents and editors can list what they’re looking for. (P.S. For those of you not on Twitter there are two blogs that post them: Agent And Editor Wishlist & MS Wishlist.) Many agents also list on their websites what they’re actively looking for, too.Continue reading “Why Agents Pass On Material They Say They Are Looking For”

Repairing a ‘broken’ manuscript

Your manuscript needs serious revisions. Your manuscript has gone through so many revisions you aren’t sure which end is up. Your manuscript isn’t accomplishing what you set out to do. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Part of being a writer is following a plot or characters not knowing where it will take you. Sometimes it’sContinue reading “Repairing a ‘broken’ manuscript”