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The Dos and Don’ts of Submitting to Agents
by Erin Brown
The Finest Place You Know by Bill Kenower
Do Find an Agent Who is Actually Interested
First thing’s first. Do your research and find an agent who is
passionate about your type of book. Savannah’s Broken Heart and
Subsequent Bonding with Her Ten Bestest Girlfriends will
probably not find a fan with an agent who exclusively reps science
fiction. So even though your fellow writer told you the name of a
huge agent at William Morris, make sure that he or she actually reps
the type of book you’ve written. Exercise your mouse and head to the
many Web sites that list agents and what kinds of books they
of the first pieces of advice a writer looking to find an agent will
receive is to pay very close attention to the beginning of his or
her novel. If the opening doesn’t grab the agent it won’t grab the
and it probably won’t grab the reader. So polish and polish those
first five pages, we are told, and then scrub that first paragraph
until it blinds you with its reflection.
yes, and yes. You must have a grabber opening,
whatever that means for your particular genre. more...
Editor's Pick: Doomsday
Key reviewed by
Stuck Where We Were by
“World domination,” James Bond muses to Dr. No at one point of the
film that helped create the action thriller genre, “same old plan.”
Well, nearly 50 years later that plan is alive and well and living
in the brilliant storytelling mind of James Rollins whose latest
book, The Doomsday Key, further solidifies his status as the
modern master of the action thriller. more...
Several years ago we had Venetian blinds in our
living room that were old and had deteriorated to the point where
they could no longer be opened and closed using the handle. Instead,
we would fuss with the remaining nub at the top corner of the window
frame in order to adjust them. One day I began daydreaming that I
was in our living room struggling to open the blinds. more...