Finding an Agent

How to Be a Publishing Authority in One Step

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

You might not think of yourself as an authority, but lots of other folks do if one thing is true of you: You’ve published a book.

With one book under your belt you can get workshop …

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The Author-Agent Partnership: Finding the Right Fit

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

What should a writer look for in an agent? What does an agent look for in a client? It’s tempting for a writer to go with the first offer of representation because it means you’ve crossed the …

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Is your project ready to submit?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I received two queries that I thought held promise. So I asked to see the proposals and first chapters. On close inspection, I found both projects weren’t ready to be submitted. As I list the …

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Book Proposals Mean Business

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Last week I blogged on three criteria agents use to assess your readiness for representation (here). Today let’s focus on what goes into the first of these: your proposal. The following tips will be …

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Agent Braggadocio

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the things we value at Book & Such is our reputation for truth-telling. Saying it like it is. In deference to members of our own profession, we sometimes shy away from being truth tellers about …

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Interview with Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

I am looking forward to the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal Conference in April, and I was asked to participate in an interview as a personal introduction for the conferees. Kirk Kraft, the interviewer, told me that I …

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What Makes You and Your Proposal Impressive?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

The fact there is more competition for fewer publishing slots makes the goal of getting your book published by a traditional publisher more challenging. So let’s address that elephant in the room right off the bat. My …

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3 flaws in your query that shout “beginner”

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Few experiences are more instructive about what-not-to-do in your writing than working your way through the queries and proposals editors or agents receive. I can’t make my stack of reading available to you, but I can …

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Query Rules–Law or Grace?

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

Last week a number of you asked questions about submission etiquette. We always give a stock answer when writers ask us about how to contact an agent for possible representation. We tell them to check the agency …

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How not to get an agent

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant 

Today I’m going to tell you how a writer did everything wrong…and acquired an agent. Do not, I repeat, do not try this at home and expect the same results.

I’m writing this blog post because …

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