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Kill Your Darlings

I finished my very first full-length manuscript in college, and it took me years to complete, writing five hundred words at a stretch in between classes, coursework, and hanging out with friends. It started as a short story, but I sensed more lurking beyond the point I’d originally envisioned as The End; and so I kept going…and going and going, until what I had on my hands was a YA horror epic of 160,000 words. […]

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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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Writing Non-Fiction: Building Your Author Platform Through Publication (And a Bonus Cover Reveal!)

Get it because platform? Photo by Dan Gold on Unsplash Platform is one of those tricky things that I find a lot of new writers wrestle with. Because the definition of “platform” is surprisingly varied. I’m going to write a few pieces that address it over the next few weeks, that I hope you’ll find helpful. First up, let’s dig into building platform in publication. A little over two years ago, when I was still a Baby Agent™, what […]

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The Query Conundrum

Good morning, Pubcrawlers! As many of you likely know, as an agent, I get a lot of submissions. Even when I find myself in one of those rare moments where I’m mostly caught up on queries, it doesn’t last. And that isn’t including the pile of requested manuscripts I always have on hand. So you’ll believe me when I tell you, I read a LOT of queries. And I’m noticing a trend. I’m calling it […]

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Guest Post: Things I Know with my Second Novel I Wish I’d Known with my First

In a lot of life’s uncertain situations, you can ask everyone you know for advice. Wonder if you’d look good with bangs? Your mom, your sister, your BFF, your coworkers, your Uber driver will probably have some kind of thoughts. But when you’re preparing to do something that most of the people in your circle have never done and never plan to do—going on a scientific research expedition to Antarctica, for example, or publishing a […]

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