June 25, 2012

Literary Business Road Trip

I decided it was time to make the most of the fact that my agent and editor both live on the coast. A few tweaks to the travel route, a few emails, a few jokes about Thelma and Louise, and we were on our way.
June 17, 2012

Notes from a Freelance Editor

I got mentally prepared to receive back pages of criticism about my manuscript. After all, Jennifer had edited novels written by far more experienced and published authors. She was not going to let me off easy, in fact it’s her job to point out anything and everything that could be an issue.
May 26, 2012

Working with a Freelance Editor

Everyone tells you that publishing is under siege and in a time of transition; but what does that mean to authors? It means you pay for your own professional editor if you want your manuscript to get serious consideration from a publisher.
May 11, 2012

Send in the McGuffins

Some thoughts on what agents want from a compelling start, and upping the ante with a well-placed MacGuffin
May 9, 2012

Meet My Agent!

Meet my literary agent: Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. Note to self: avoid control freak Type A behaviour.
April 28, 2012

Before Agents Sign On

Of course you're thrilled the agent likes your book. But the agent needs to know if she can work with you. And vice versa.