Author Archive | Kelly

The Secret To Writing Emotionally Engaging Stories

Maybe you’ve heard people talk about how important it is that readers get emotionally invested in your book. I certainly talk about this all the time. But what does emotional investment mean? And while we’re at it: why is it important, and how the heck do you write it? What Is Emotional Investment? Simply put, when a reader is emotionally invested in a book it means that they care. It really is that simple. People […]

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The Ones That Got Away

I divide my email into folders and sub folders to stay organized. I’ve got a folder for Request and within that: Offer, Pass, and…The Ones That Got Away. Agents deal with rejection, too, and in those moments I have to remind myself of the same thing I tell writers: It’s not personal. Authors have a lot to consider when deciding whether or not to accept an offer of representation, and ultimately they need to go […]

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Pre-Queries And How To Avoid Them

We talk a lot about queries here on Pub Crawl. How to write them, tips and tricks to write them successfully, mistakes to avoid when querying. You name it and at some point one of our fantastic contributors has written about it. But since becoming an agent I’ve become familiar with the dreaded pre-query. And it happens frequently enough that I thought it might be worth talking about what a pre-query is and why you […]

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Agent As Patronus

I think a lot of writers have a clear understanding of what agents do on the front end of traditional publishing. Agents submit your manuscript to editors, secure an offer, and negotiate the contract. But I think a lot of writers are less clear on what an agent does after the deal is done. Of course all agents work differently. Some may indeed retreat into the woodwork and not really be an active part of the […]

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The Crafting of an Editorial Letter

If you’re in the query trenches you’ve probably heard the words “editorial agent” floating around. These are agents who work with their clients to edit and revise a manuscript before submitting it to editors (who will then edit the manuscript even further if they end up acquiring it!) I am an editorial agent and believe strongly in sending out the most polished manuscript possible to editors. The market is competitive, and I think it’s vital […]

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