Finding an Agent the Old-Fashioned Way: Querying

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Yesterday, Louise gave some of the best advice I’ve read on how to research agents. She suggested going to conferences and events, reading blogs and subscribing to Publishers Marketplace, attending webinars and consulting Twitter. It’s kind of hard to blog about getting an agent after the wealth of spot-on information she gave. Except I didn’t do a single thing she mentioned. Call me a slacker, call me uninformed, but my…

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Curating Your Query List

Monday, September 28, 2015

There is a ton of excellent information online and in books about how to write the perfect query letter, the one that will wow your dream literary agent and set you on the path to publication. But in between giving your manuscript that final polish and digging into the finer mechanics of the elevator pitch there’s a step people do not write as much about: creating a thoughtful agent list….

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Mythbusting Agents

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Myth: Agents always know best.  I should clarify, my agent, Rachel Ekstrom, usually does. That’s why she’s my agent. I trust her to give me advice that is best for my career, not just for right now. I know how many years of publishing experience she has. I know many of her other clients. I know what she orders at Pamela’s Diner. Bottom line, I know enough of Rachel and…

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Agent VICTORIA MARINI on TPT, Professionalism + Her Manuscript Wish List!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Allison Winn Scotch is Michelle Westenbroek — Congrats, Michelle! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! Today on the Deb Ball, I’m so proud to introduce you to agent extraordinaire VICTORIA MARINI, of…

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Agent Carolyn Forde on querying, Absinthe & her Wishlist!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Kate Hilton is Amanda Lee — Congrats, Amanda! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! I’ve shared my story of how Carolyn became my agent (highlight: she read my book & offered within…

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“It’s better that it’s better than sooner” and other words of wisdom

Friday, November 14, 2014

There are no shortage of inspiring quotes and lists of advice from great writers. The internet is full of them. Go ahead. Google “writing advice.” See? There’s no end to it. But the two best pieces of writing advice I’ve ever had came from unexpected places: an agent who is not longer an agent and a writer whose name I can’t remember. So here it is, the writing advice that has…

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A Scary Turn On the Writing Journey

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

As you may recall if you’re a frequent guest at the Ball, Dhonielle and I took the long road to publication on Tiny Pretty Things. And along the way, there were plenty of bumps. But perhaps the scariest moment for us was when we’d done what was maybe like the sixth revision of the book — and we knew it was in great shape, we could feel it. It was ready. But the Big…

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Getting the call doesn’t mean the work is done

Friday, October 10, 2014

You’d think that when I got my agent and my book contract, I’d be singing from the hilltops about my good fortune! And I did, if by hilltops you mean a 4×4 room with a desk and a telephone. At the time I got “the call”, I was still a cubicle farm dweller at a large (yep, you’ve heard of it) tech company in Silicon Valley. I’d been sending my…

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Taking the Long Road (Read: Everything Happens for a Reason)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Things moved quickly when Dhonielle and I first started working on the book that would become Tiny Pretty Things. We’d both been working on our own stuff as well, and D had gotten an amazing agent for her middle grade work. And the agent was intrigued by the ballet book’s concept — and the idea of CAKE Literary. So we ended up quickly signing with her, too, and got to…

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My Essential Five People

Monday, September 15, 2014

This week’s topic is incredibly timely as I’m writing my book’s acknowledgments, which currently feel longer than my actual book, so narrowing that list to five essential people is a challenge. People who don’t write often think a book is created by one person toiling away on a computer, followed by an editor who gives it a once over for typos, but we know better. Bringing a book into this…

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