Author Archive | Hannah

Tough Love and the Realities of the Publishing Industry

Writers, I’m here today with some tough love. If you’re not in for a post about the realities of the industry and what it means to enter traditional publishing, put this one aside for now. Because I am both a writer and an agent, I am lucky (or crazy) enough to be on both sides of the publishing coin. I have been on submission as a writer and I’ve submitted the works of writers. I […]

9 Comments

Why Rejection on a First Book Can Be a Blessing

Okay, I get it. Writing is hard. And not only is it hard, it’s time-consuming, sometimes all-consuming. You fall in love with your characters, your world, your stakes. You love your work. You believe in your work. So as a querying writer or an agented writer going on submission for the first time, you want more than anything for an agent or editor to see all the things that you love about your work and […]

6 Comments

Real Talk: Patience in Publishing

Time for some real, possibly difficult to hear, talk: Publishing, my friends, is a long, long game. Having been on both sides of it – as a writer, going through submission, and as an agent, taking my own clients through submission – I can say with certainty that if this industry is making you absolutely crazy with its snail’s pace, you are not alone. Publishing is an industry that, especially in recent years, is always […]

2 Comments

Collaborations 101

Hello, PubCrawlers! Today I’m going to talk about something that some of you may or may not ever contemplate doing, and that is a writing collaboration. There are a lot of ways for a collaboration to go wrong and a lot of ways for a collaboration to go right! Collabs can be great because it’s often like having a built-in critique partner, someone to help you smooth the kinks and right the ship if it […]

No Comments

Using #MSWL to Personalize Your Query

Hello, Fair Pub Crawlers, and Happy #MSWL Day! Today, in honor of #MSWL Day (head over to twitter for a running feed of what agents are looking for), I’d like to talk about some do’s and don’ts of using Manuscript Wishlist (#MSWL) to personalize your query. Manuscript Wishlist has been, largely, a blessing for agents (and some editors!). What a joy to be able to cite specific ideas that come to mind, and to have […]

1 Comment