10 Ways To Personalize Your Query to Agents

Writers hear that they’re supposed to personalize their queries–but “how personal, exactly?” is the most common question. The best queries show that they have engaged with us before (on Twitter, read an interview, or a blog post of ours) and have done their research. It’s easier than you think to show that personal touch. BelowContinue reading “10 Ways To Personalize Your Query to Agents”

Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction?

Knowing how to categorize your work is one of the most important skills a writer needs to know–especially while querying. Here’s an infographic to help. It’s not perfect and there are many places that writers won’t fit into and that doesn’t mean it’s not a marketable book. However, learning how to market yourself starts withContinue reading “Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction?”

5 Things To Do If An Agent Has Your Manuscript For Months

Writers always ask: What does it mean if an agent has my manuscript for awhile? Answer: Nothing. It means nothing if we’ve had it for a long time. It doesn’t mean we aren’t interested. It doesn’t mean we’ve read it and are failing to get back to you. It means that we likely haven’t even gotContinue reading “5 Things To Do If An Agent Has Your Manuscript For Months”

Ask the Agent: Your Questions Answered! Part IV

Question from Renee: I sent a query letter into an agent that looked fine on my screen but when I looked to see what it looked like it was all scrunched together. Are agents forgiving of computer glitches? Subjective question, but in all honesty these are things you should be checking before you send themContinue reading “Ask the Agent: Your Questions Answered! Part IV”