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Talking Down About Others & Yourself: Three Surprising Query Letter Mistakes

Get it, trash? Cause trash talk. Whatever. (via Pexels) Look, there are endless blog posts and articles out there that talk about query letter mistakes. If you’ve ever Googled for tips, you’re aware of all the heavy hitting highlights. Do your research when querying agents. Don’t get too wordy when describing your book. Write a solid hook that gets the reader psyched. Don’t BCC a hundred agents with DEAR AGENT because no literary agent has […]

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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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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 Importance (And Subjectiveness) of Comparative Titles in Querying

Get it? We’re comparing things. Comps. Apples to oranges… okay whatever, let’s do this. Every now and again I open up my DMs on the ol’ Twitter for questions, or I let folks pick my brain in various hashtag events. And there’s always the in-real-life events, like workshops and conferences. It’s always a good time for the most part, and I like being someone who is accessible in an industry that sometimes feel like it’s […]

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INTERSECTIONALITY: A #DVPIT Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion (Part 2 of 2)

Introduction with Saba Sulaiman Hi everyone! In case you missed our first part, this is a Roundtable Discussion with: Agents: DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary and Amy Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC. Editors: Tiffany Shelton at St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan and Rachel Stark at Sky Pony Press. We were talking about intersectionality in the context of publishing, and in this post, we’ll be discussing what steps (if any) we can take to promote […]

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