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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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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Meet Agent Rachel Ekstrom

Monday, April 20, 2015

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Dahlia Adler is Emmy Neal. Congrats Emmy! 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! Rachel Ekstrom found my little book about food, love, and second chances floating in her slush pile and we…

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It Sucks Until It Doesn’t: Staying Grounded through the Good & Bad

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

“It sucks until it doesn’t.” That was advice given to me by one of my critique partners when I was stuck in the query trenches, trying to find an agent. I was adrift on the query sea, which looked a lot like this: send a query, cross my fingers, get a rejection, try to (over)analyze it even though it’s clearly a form letter, send another query, cross my fingers…get a…

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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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A Fun Interview with Literary Agent Elizabeth Kracht: Keanu, Cocktails, and Puerto Rico

Friday, April 11, 2014

I’m excited to introduce you to agent extraordinaire Elizabeth Kracht of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. I met Liz at the Book Passage Mystery Conference three years ago. She’s the kind of agent you want for a 1-on-1 pitch session because she’s approachable and easy going and fun. She’s also the kind of agent you want for an agent because of her enthusiasm and business sense. She’s just cool. I like…

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