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”

Top 8 Books About Writing

Need some extra writing advice? Love highlighting and taking notes? These are some of the resources I recommend the most. Enjoy! Self Editing For Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King This is one of THE most important things writers can teach themselves. Put this one at the top of your list if youContinue reading “Top 8 Books About Writing”

How I Read Slush: 3 Lessons for Writers

Agents talk a lot about query letter writing and how we manage the slush pile. There’s the flip side of that too: once we request your material what happens? Well today, you get inside my brain. This is how I read requested material and how you make yours stand out: 1. I read on myContinue reading “How I Read Slush: 3 Lessons for Writers”

Why I stop reading your manuscript

As you know agents don’t have time for reading things that don’t grab us. So what is it that makes us stop reading? Characters are not compelling I have to be on board with the main character. I have to feel like I understand them and are strongly invested in their journey. If I amContinue reading “Why I stop reading your manuscript”