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Self-Published with Representation: a Duality that Just Makes Sense

By Denise Heinze Stop for a skinny minute (or, heck, take a quantum leap and make it fat), and think of all the clichés you’ve ever heard about perseverance in the face of failure. “If one door closes, another opens.” Or, “If you fall off the mechanical bull, get back in the saddle.” That sort […]

Thirteen Steps to Landing an Agent

The Book Doctors send out a semi-regular e-newsletter. Earlier this month, David Henry Sterry offered a “baker’s dozen” pointers to finding a literary agent. To subscribe to their e-mail list, which we recommend, click here. Now, without further ado: 1. Research. “There is a fine line between research and stalking.” Read books similar to yours. […]

Learn How to Pitch, Persuade, and Sell

Some call it the “Elevator Pitch”. Say you find yourself on an elevator with a power-agent. The agent asks what your unpublished book is about. Well, you have only thirty seconds—the length of an elevator ride—in which to convince that agent to take a look at your manuscript. What do you say? That’s the Elevator […]

The Inevitable Sh*t Agents and Editors Say

Check out 2011 Fall Conference faculty member and literary agent Michelle Brower as she stars in this hilarious new video, “The Inevitable Sh*t Agents and Editors Say”:

Because I’m not just the director, I’m also a writer

Sorry, that was a weak attempt to play on the old Hair Club for Men commercials (“I’m not just the president, I’m also a client.”) But because I am a writer, in addition to being the director of the N.C. Writers’ Network, I will be out of the office the rest of this week, promoting […]