Time, Fear and Talent: Why You Need All Three Tenets To Make It as a Writer

There are no magic formulas that agents are hiding from writers. Or secrets that published authors are hiding from unpublished authors. But there are a few things that can act like a key to unlock potential. I believe these three things are all it takes to make it in this business. Time: Books don’t write themselves.Continue reading “Time, Fear and Talent: Why You Need All Three Tenets To Make It as a Writer”

What are agents looking for in a writer?

One of the most popular questions I get asked during an #askagent Twitter session or at a conference is: What are agents looking for in a writer? All agent interests and guidelines aside here are the qualities I look for–these are my personal opinions–in a writer: Professional demeanour online and via emails/phone conversations You are a reflection ofContinue reading “What are agents looking for in a writer?”

The Red Pen: When to revise your manuscript and when to keep submitting

When you submit your manuscript to agents you get a lot of form rejections amidst your feedback–that’s the way it goes. But, when you finally get personalized criticism that might suggest a revision do you jump at the chance to edit your work to make that agent or editor happy? My rules of revision guidelines: WaitContinue reading “The Red Pen: When to revise your manuscript and when to keep submitting”

Rome wasn’t built in a day (A.K.A. It takes years to build a writing career)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Room by Emma Donoghue Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel What do these books have in common? They’re an author’s breakout book in the international mainstream media, but guess what–it wasn’t their debut. Every breakout book has a story behind it and a labour of love from all people involved. It takes yearsContinue reading “Rome wasn’t built in a day (A.K.A. It takes years to build a writing career)”