Fiction

The Best of the Worst

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the things you may not know about me is that I won the infamous Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest in 1999 for the worst first line in children’s literature.

My line read:

The greedy schoolbus crept through

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Finding New Book Ideas

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I’ve been chatting this week with a few clients about new projects that they are working on. I love talking about new ideas and giving input. There’s something so exciting about a new, fresh book idea. I’m …

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The Excitement (and Commitment) of Novel Research

Michelle Ule

Blogger: Michelle Ule, substituting for Rachelle Gardner who is on the road today

(Note: Some readers will think all the Books & Such Agents are fanning out across America to clean house as per the April 1 post. Joke! The …

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Setting: Real or Imagined?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the first issues writers confront in planning their novel is where to set it. Is it better to set it in a real place or to dream up an imaginary town? Let’s explore both options.…

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Word Count Confusion

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Did you know that every little detail you include–or leave out–in your book proposal reveals something about you? That’s why we stress on this blog that you need to put as much effort into preparing it as …

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Why 10,000 hours of practice isn’t enough

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Most of us have heard that, if we want to succeed at any activity, the best way to do so is to practice that activity for 10,000 hours. The title of this post suggests that 10,000 …

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Learn from the Success of Others

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Every so often I bring up an author from the past to find lessons from his or her road to publication that offer instruction and inspiration for writers today.  An author I’ve been corresponding with recently mentioned …

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What about a Secondary Character’s Point of View?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

I had a lively conversation with a client this week about a secondary character’s point of view in the client’s book. This person wanted to know if there are hard and fast rules about their use. The

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Why do you write?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

While we’re in January, named for Janus, the god with two faces, the god who looked forward and backward simultaneously, it seems like a good time to reflect and to project.

The question, why do you …

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Your favorite 2013 book

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

I’d like to cast one last look over the shoulder at 2013. Let’s talk about the best book each of us read last year.

At the beginning of 2012, I asked this question, and your answers …

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