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 […]
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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 […]
By Wendy Keller, Literary Agent and Nonfiction Book Proposal Expert A book proposal consists of 5 crucial parts, as well as a few sample chapters. The finished document is typically between 25 and 60 pages long, depending on the length of the sample chapters. A publishing decision is made by committee representing several departments, all […]
By Megan Close Zavala, Literary Agent Literary agents often get a reputation for being cruel and heartless. It is true that not a one of us has escaped sending out many, many rejection letters. I am sure that there are a few slightly sadistic agents out there, but for the most part, authors, please […]
by Wendy Keller, Senior Literary Agent, Keller Media, Inc. Authors throw themselves against the big steel doors of the publishing industry with alarming velocity. Those who are too bruised by rejections continue stomp off to self-publish. “That’ll serve those idiots right!” they sometimes think. But what happens 90% of the time is the author has […]