Tag Archive | literary agent

Confabulating with Alice Speilburg

Literary agent Alice Speilburg and I met at a writing conference. She was very pregnant and spent many long hours in an uncomfortable chair listening to pitches. That evening, she drove back to Kentucky. As someone who has been pregnant five times (but who’s counting), I was amazed by her enduring good humor and the […]

Beyond the Book-Submissions and Tracking

So you’ve completed the book, written a brilliant query letter and researched a list of agents/editors who will love your book-baby. Now it’s time to get a submission packet together and dive into the query trenches. Submission Packet A submission packet for fiction consists of: Query letter—Refer to Beyond the Book: Queries Synopsis—A one or […]

Chicago or BUST!

The SCBWI Wild, Wild Mid-West Conference Calling all writers of children’s books. Plans are underway for this incredible, colossal, unforgettable event!!!!!! This year’s theme is The Roaring Twenties. It’s going to be the bees knees, baby!!!!! Mark your calendars and let’s get  going!!!! Chicago Marriott-Naperville, IL Program & Faculty:  40 faculty members!  8 different intensives —(three hour in-depth […]

Beyond the Book-Agents

Now we get to the fun part of querying—hunting for agents. And it’s something you can do before your book is complete. Searching for agents before you’re ready to query has its perks: Need a pick-me-up or a little break from writing or revisions? Spend a few minutes hunting for agents. WARNING: Sometimes you forget […]

Beyond the Book-Query Comps

In my previous article, I promised to post the evolution of the query that ultimately resulted in an offer from an agent. I’ve only posted the hook paragraphs because the hook is the most important part of the query, and it’s the only part of the query I revised. The word count stated is for the excerpt, […]

Beyond the Book-Queries

Query Letter. Two unassuming words that those of us who have fought in the query trenches regard with awe and dread. The query letter is the tool necessary to introduce your novel to an agent or editor. Nonfiction has different submission protocol. Click here for nonfiction basics. Back to fiction. Literary agents receive almost 200 unsolicited (meaning […]

Confabulating with Eric Smith

Eric Smith is a man of many hats, both literally and figuratively. He’s a literary agent with P.S. Literary Agency AND author of the popular YA novels Inked, and The Geek’s Guide to Dating which was named an Amazon 2013 Best Book of the Year (Humor). I met Eric recently at a writers’ conference in Michigan and was […]

Confabulating with Brent Taylor

 Brent Taylor, a literary agent from TriadaUS, is a charming blend of enthusiasm and candidness. He also has the ability to consume remarkable quantities of Diet Coke and Reeses Pumpkins. We met at conference where I was lucky enough to sit next to him during lunch.  Me: Hi, Brent. It was fantastic meeting you at the Michigan Writing Workshop. I really […]

A Voice Among The Thorns

A seventeen-year-old girl forms an unlikely friendship with a reclusive, unstable young woman who possesses a unique gift of sight and discovers the meaning of being true to oneself.   A Voice Among the Thorns Seventeen-year-old Jersey Alexa (Jax) Mason is allergic to drama. But that’s what she gets when her boyfriend dumps her on a crowded […]