6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One

I’ve read thousands of “page ones.” Very often I don’t read page two. Sometimes all I read is that first page and I make judgements based on what I see there. As an agent and a reader my practice is that if I’m not connecting with the material I move on–and quickly. I wish I hadContinue reading “6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One”

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”

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”

“Is it my query or my sample pages?” Why you are not getting full manuscript requests

One of the most common, and most subjective, questions I get asked at writer’s workshops is: “How do I know when it’s my query or whether it’s my sample pages that are stopping me from getting full manuscript requests or offers?” Ultimately, every circumstance is different, but in my experience the situations look like this: WhenContinue reading ““Is it my query or my sample pages?” Why you are not getting full manuscript requests”