Monday, July 10, 2017

Tips For Re-Writing Your Novel

This is my last post for today. chick out the info.

Sometimes the best way to write is to re-write! Learn how...
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Guide to Literary Agents 2017
10 Tips for (Re)Writing a Novel
Last spring, my friend e-mailed to ask my secret to writing a novel. Flattered, I smiled as I read her questions and promptly responded, promising that I would divulge my "wisdom" in a blog post, per her request. While washing dishes, folding laundry, or making supper, I considered how to approach the topic: Oh, the range of possibilities was endless! Read More...

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Literary agents expect a polished manuscript when they read sample pages and chapters. With the Writer's Digest Advanced Novel Writing course, writers don't have to tackle the process alone! This course is not for beginners. Rather, it's for writers who are ready to make the final ascent to publication! Read More...

How to Talk to an Agent with Carly Watters
Robert Lee Brewer and Brian A. Klems share tips and funny encounters with literary agents (1:00), important advice for entering writing contests (11:30), and discuss how to approach an agent (and more) with literary agent Carly Watters (14:00). Listen Now...

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How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent Boot Camp

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How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent Boot Camp
How do you hook an agent right away, keep them hooked, and make the most of your new publishing relationship? In this Boot Camp, "How to Find and Keep a Literary Agent," you'll learn how to get a literary agent's attention through a great submission, and also how to navigate the process of working successfully with an agent. You'll also work with an agent online to review and refine your all-important query letter and the first five pages of your novel.

The world of literary agencies can be an intimidating place. You'll be lead through the inner-workings of finding the perfect literary agent, working with an agent and how to get the most out of your relationship. See what a day in the life of an agent looks like, and get tips about how to find your perfect author-agent match that will result in a successful partnership.

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*For the purpose of the boot camp, the agents can provide feedback for genres other than what they are currently requesting professionally. Working with the agent of your preference is not guaranteed. We will do our best to match requests. We may add additional agents from this agency depending on the demand. 

Elise Capron is an acquiring agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Elise is interested in fiction that has unforgettable writing, a terrific narrative voice/tone, and memorable characters. She loves novels with an unusual or eccentric edge and is drawn to stories she has never heard before. She aims to work with writers who are getting their work published regularly in magazines and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience.  

Jill Marr  is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women's commercial fiction and historical fiction. She is also looking for non-fiction by authors who are getting their work published regularly and who have a realistic sense of the market and their audience. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of history, sports, politics, current events, self-help, cookbooks, memoir, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor and music. 

Jessica Watterson is most interested in all sub-genres of romance. She greatly enjoys character driven plots that pull the reader into the pages and won't let go, ending with a fantastic happily ever after. Jessica also loves second chance romances, and stories of redemption. She is also interested in select women's fiction and young adult fiction that are unique, lighthearted, and address relevant societal issues.

Thao Le  is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency since 2011. She also handles the agency's financials and select contracts. Thao is looking for: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Picture Books by author/illustrators, Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and is selectively open to Romance. In general, she loves beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook. She is most excited to add more writers of diversity (including, but not limited to, all ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental and physical health, and socioeconomic status) to her client list.

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