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
Inklings Literary Agency is looking for a few remote interns to join our ranks in the following roles: Public relations intern Literary intern ("reader") *** Public Relations Internship PR interns learn about the publishing industry, work to craft pitches, and, in general, they connect readers and authors with a chance to personally work with award-winning and … Continue reading 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
My best friend's dad passed away over the Thanksgiving weekend after a long struggle with cancer. If that wasn't hard enough, her family is now facing thousands in unpaid medical bills on top of burial expenses. I will be offering the following critiques in exchange for donations to Joe's memorial fund to help the Zacharski … Continue reading ENDED: Donate for query critique and more
Originally posted at inklingsliterary.blogspot.com Inklings Literary Agency is looking for a few good men (AND WOMEN!) remote (unpaid) interns to join our ranks and help tackle our ever looming to-read lists. This means reading full and partial manuscripts and writing up reader reports. It may also mean helping to manage a query inbox, assisting in content … Continue reading Closed: Internship Opening
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!
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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When I was 5, my uncle urged me to write the wild stories zooming through my head down, cutting out booklets shaped like my footprint to keep my writing journey moving forward. When I was 10, he helped me dig my hole to China in the gravel, pushing me for every little detail and anecdote about my … Continue reading ALS fundraiser and call for donations
It's been a slow week in publishing news, with everyone's eyes on the National Book Awards long lists. But here's what has appeared on my radar in the past week. In the News NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS: The National Book Foundation announced their long list nominees for the 2013 National Book Award in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young … Continue reading Weekly Radar Report: September 20, 2013
As seen in my previous post, I have a massive backlog of books waiting to be reviewed—most of them much more recent than John Green's bestseller. I had been avoiding The Fault in Our Stars for some reason, even though my fingers lovingly grazed the cover every time I saw it in the store. I think I … Continue reading Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I've been trying to work swimming into my workout schedule, but between the crazy lap swim hours and kids puking birthday cake in the pool the one time I did go (EWW!!!), it hasn't really happened. With the Olympic Games right around the corner and the U.S. trials recently wrapped up, I've been missing swim … Continue reading Why I’m Not an Olympic Swimmer