Author Archive | Kelly

Trends Never Die

Recently I was part of a Q&A for writers and there were a lot of questions and anxiety around questions about the market and dead trends, and whether or not a book with vampires/talking animals/royalty/[insert your trend or trope of choice here] are doomed from the start. This is the advice I gave then, and I think a wider audience could benefit from it, so I’m sharing it with you: Ignore all that nonsense. Everything […]

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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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