When your agent leaves the business, what do you do? In June I wrote my friend and YA author Gordon Jack when I was in the bluest, most Anne Shirley depths of despair. “My agent is leaving the business,” I said, feeling as if I were delivering the worst and most shameful of … [Read more...] about Don’t Despair When Your Agent Leaves the Business
Amy Tipton, my agent, is subbing No Small Thing out to publishing houses. Submitting to publishers means your agent, who's formed relationships with various editors at different imprints and houses, shops out your completed manuscript in the hopes of making a deal. Your author … [Read more...] about Time to Sub
Literary agents get a lot done that a writer just can't. If you're debating whether to work with one, hearing how I couldn't do this without Amy Tipton of Signature Literary Agency might help you decide. Agents can be editors, advocates, negotiators, deal makers, and … [Read more...] about What Makes a Great Agent
“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Remember that famous line from Professor Marvel while he scrambles in his hidden cubby to yank levers and work a mic that make the big and scary Wizard of Oz bellow? In the world of Authors Ready to Query, … [Read more...] about What’s Behind Your Query Letter?
When I headed to the Chicago Writing Workshop to pitch agents, you can bet I brought my best boots, a big smile, and a query letter--polished to a high shine. Better than that, I had a complete manuscript. The complete manuscript came courtesy of years of hard work and several … [Read more...] about How a Query Can Help You Write Your Novel