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By Wendy Keller, Senior Literary Agent   If you’ve been thinking about becoming an author because you know how much it will catapult you, your business and your profits into the big time, you need to know which option will give you the best results. Deciding to write and market a book is likely the […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

Written by Wendy Keller Did you know that November is National Writing Month? Why not get in the spirit with our  nonfiction writing contest? Enter for your chance to win big …and don’t forget to check out our new Facebook page and “Like” our new look!! Do visions of royalty checks dance in your head? Are […]

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 […]