U.S. Virgin Islands Publishing Fundraiser: Critique for Auction

I'm donating a query + first 25 pg critique to help raise money for the U.S. Virgin Islands Publishing Fundraiser (#USVIPubFund), here.  To bid, place your bid along with your name and email in the comments section at the link above (NOT this blog post) between today, October 17 at 9AM ET and Thursday, October 19 at … Continue reading U.S. Virgin Islands Publishing Fundraiser: Critique for Auction

Closed: Internship Openings

Inklings Literary Agency is looking for a few remote interns to join our ranks in the following roles:  Agency (administrative) intern Public relations intern Literary intern ("reader") *** Agency Internship Agency interns work one-on-one with an agent, assisting in the day-to-day administration that is “agenting”. For example, an agency intern may serve as a research assistant, … Continue reading Closed: Internship Openings

First Five Frenzy with Whitley Abell of Inklings Literary Agency

Hey guys. I joined Amy Trueblood for First Five Frenzy, where I talked about what I’m looking for your first 5 pages, and what common mistakes you should avoid. Check it out!


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If you’re like me, you toil for hours editing and fine-tuning the first pages of your manuscript. You look at the first lines to make sure they are compelling and tight.  You examine the next few paragraphs, hoping your MC’s voice is already taking hold of the reader.

The First Five Frenzy is all about getting an agent’s perspective on what works, and what fails, in those first pages of a manuscript. It’s tricky to get just the right balance, but I hope by reading each agent’s comments you’ll learn how to make your manuscript a shining gem that will be requested time and time again.

Today, I’m proud to share Literary Agent, Whitley Abell’s perspective on what’s important in those critical first pages.

Amy: There is a belief among many writers that having a great first line is imperative to drawing in the reader. How important is a first…

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