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Role of the Literary Agent in a Changing Marketplace

(This article, originally published in the Ninc newsletter, is a report on one panel I attended at the 2012 Novelists Inc. Conference in White Plains N.Y. This article was also referenced by literary agent Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich in his blog post When Agents Attack.) Industry Guests: Robert […]

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Report: Novelists Inc. Conference 2012: Social Media, Agents, Self-Publishing Success

Thanks to the threat of Sandy, I came back from the Novelists Inc. Conference in New York two days earlier than originally planned. Thankfully, this still gave me the chance to see many friends and make a number of new ones. I also was able to attend the first two […]

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How to Get Your Book Published

Lately, I’ve been getting a number of emails from people asking how to get their first book published. Enough that I realized there was still a need for some step-by-step guidelines. So, you have a book and you want to get it published. 1.) Make sure the book is ready […]

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How to Write a Killer Query Letter for your Young Adult Manuscript

Okay, you’ve finished writing and polishing your young adult manuscript.  Now what?  Let’s say you’ve decided to go the “traditional” publishing route–then your next step is to query agents.  Sure, it is possible to sell a YA manuscript without an agent, but it’ll be much harder (and usually happens when […]

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Harlequin New Voices – A Learning Experience for Everyone

  So, if you haven’t heard, Harlequin Mills & Boon (the branch out of London) had a big contest over the past few weeks, called the New Voices Contest. There were over 1,000 entries, and only 21 finalists.  The editors at M&B have given some short public overviews on what […]

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