Posts tagged "authors"

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Business Owner A book is a GREAT calling card… …but only if you use it to “call” on people! Are you published already? Have a book in the works or in your head? For a few hundred dollars, anybody can self-publish a digital book. Add a few bucks more, […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s pretty sad when you put all that time, thought, effort and in some cases money into creating a book and it doesn’t sell. Thousands of people will have a book release from a “legitimate” publisher and more than 75% of them will under-perform. More than 400,000 people will self-publish […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s lunch and you’re hungry.  You want a cheese sandwich.  The number of decisions that might go into this allegedly simple decision are potentially infinite. Assuming you can have anything you want in this world full of possibilities:   Do you want the wheat, rye, white, brioche, pumpernickel or rustica? […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent Anybody with a credit card can self-publish… But the authors who want their book to have maximum impact on the world and on their own bottom line invariably seek out bona fide, legitimate publishers. You know, the kind of people who pay an advance for the honor of printing your […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I have finished my very first novel.  It is a science fiction story that I think is very unique and could attract a lot of attention from agents and editors. I want to make sure it is in the best shape possible, though, before I start pitching.  Do I need to […]

By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent This is a continuation in a series of columns about mistakes that even the greatest writers make.  If you’d like to check out that the earlier posts, please click here: What Good Writers Do Badly, Part I What Good Writers Do Badly, Part II   #7: They Procrastinate I […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I submitted queries to ten different agents over the past few weeks and I have only heard back from one – a rejection.  Why have the other nine not responded?  Should I consider their lack of response as a rejection, too?  Should I call them to follow up?   Sincerely, Holding […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I live in southern California and have noticed that there are several writing conferences that are held throughout the state each year.  I have been looking into attending some of the events, but sometimes the registration fees are a bit expensive. Is it worth it for me to go to conferences […]

Written by Wendy Keller   A new client made an off-handed comment today.  She wondered why almost every writer gets strong urges not to write. “Suddenly, the plants need watering, the dog needs petting, the laundry needs folding at that very moment.” She laughed sheepishly. “I find in the moments that fall into my lap and […]

Written by Wendy Keller Have you seen our new Facebook page?  Don’t forget to “Like” our new look!! We’ve seen a lot of weird stuff at our agency, and most of them are queryletters.  We’ve shared some of the most oddball responses we’ve gotten, but we’ve had such a great response from our first batch that we couldn’t […]