Written by Wendy Keller Imagine you are a literary agent sitting beside a box brimming with queries. You lift your letter knife high and the sun glints off its blade, illuminating your evil grin. “Whose dreams can I dash today?” you chuckle as you pluck the first victim from the pile. Or try this: an […]
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3 Kinds of Writers – Which are you? by Wendy Keller, literary agent Recently, a news story appeared about a female literary agent who was stalked. In the early days of my career, I had two stalkers – kinda creepy. I changed my address. That ended that. Worse than stalkers, though, in my opinion are […]
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 […]
Written by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent Have you seen our new Facebook page? Don’t forget to “Like” our new look!! Update: There’s now a Part 2 of Queer Queries! Read it here It takes a sense of humor to be an agent. I’ve seen a lot of query letters in the 20+ years that I’ve been an agent […]
Written by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent It’s Monday morning at Keller Media, the literary agency and speakers bureau I founded in 1989. The birds are singing, the traffic is honking its merry tune, the clock is ticking and the intern is groaning. The intern’s job includes the unenviable task of bringing in the mail—both electronic and […]
Written by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent You think you’re different? Special? You think you’ve got something to say that the world needs to hear? Or are you candidly just looking for a way to get some attention, prove to your mother she was wrong about you never amounting to anything, or find a way to […]
How NOT to Approach a Literary Agent in the Wild by Wendy Keller, Literary Agent Stopped for gas on my way home from a meeting Friday. I was on the phone offering some advice to a writer who is having contract issues for a deal I didn’t create. I was too loud, I fear. You […]
The most important step in getting published is to push your way past the first gatekeepers – the literary agents. That’s done with a query letter – a letter inquiring about their level of interest in your proposed book. Now the bad news: most agents see hundreds of queries a week by mail and email! How do you differentiate yourself from this avalanche of queries? This article shows you how.
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