Posts tagged "writing advice"

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Chief Talent Launcher Most of the authors whose books are going to be sold this year are already under contract with publishers. But here’s the good news: NOW is the ideal time to prepare to be part of the January buying frenzy. Do you have a good nonfiction book […]

By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Chief Talent Launcher If you own a business, want to start one or have a career you’d like to grow, here’s the deal: you need to consider writing a book. Not just any book. Certainly not the time-wasting pipe dream Great American Novel. You need to write a real, […]

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 […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I always hear people going on and on about how we authors need to be building platforms.  I also always hear agents and editors saying that self-publishing is a bad choice for writers like me.  I’ve heard stories in the news about self-published authors who have made it big, though – […]

By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent This is the last 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 What Good Writers Do Badly, Part […]

  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 What Good Writers Do Badly, […]

By Wendy Keller, Senior Literary Agent There were about 160 people crowded into the room, some forced to stand, all waiting for my presentation to begin.  I felt flattered. It was Day Three of the writer’s conference and this was my third and final presentation at this event. Suddenly, an idea struck me.  I decided […]

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 […]

By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent This is a continuation of an earlier column that I wrote on mistakes that even the greatest writers make.  If you’d like to check out that post, please click here: What Good Writers Do Badly, Part I   #4: They Don’t Understand Their Book’s Place in the Marketplace Do your […]