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...
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...
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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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.
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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.
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Roz Foster is interested in nonfiction in the areas of politics, current affairs, history, business, technology, sociology, cultural studies, urban studies, science, design and memoir. She looks for driven, narrative storytelling and big, bold ideas with national and international, appeal. She's also interested in adult literary and commercial fiction, especially contemporary, multi-cultural and crime/mystery/thriller. She looks for fiction with a resonant, lively voice; rich, irresistible language; characters with compelling development arcs; and a mastery of dramatic structure. Across the board, she's looking for books that make her feel that the author is tuned into a rising revolution - political, cultural, sociological, or whatnot - which is about to burst on the scene.