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  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 […]

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 You have surely heard that people make a decision about whether they like and trust you within seconds of first meeting you.  The same is true when you send a query to a literary agency…the first few sentences make a huge difference in what happens next. The following sentences will grab attention […]

  Dear Literary Agent, I have written a book about relationships that I would like to get published.  I know that I need to build a platform, but I’m too overwhelmed by how much there is to do.  I don’t even know where to get started!  Why isn’t it good enough that I have a […]

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 […]