16 Query Tips From Literary Agents



When your manuscript is polished, your query letter honed to perfection and you’re ready to contact agents about representing your baby, you still aren’t done. Each agent you contact will have unique requirements, personal favorites as to how to oil your manuscript so it slips smoothly through the gears of their application process.

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Grey – Book Review

Here is the most recent book review from the Book Review Directory!

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I’ve taken a breath. Got my emotions in check. Put my favourite comfy slippers on. Poured myself a glass of wine and have my kindle and computer at the ready, to write what is probably one of the most important book reviews of my life, well, okay… since the start of our blog launch on June 1st, 2013.

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5 Ways to Know You’re Really a Writer

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So, the other day, I arrived bright and early for the morning shift at my job. One coworker remarked that I looked too bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for somebody who was going to work at 6 am. I explained to her that I woke up at 4 in order to write a little before I came in, since I prefer writing in the morning. Cue the dumbfounded stare.

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What Not To Do When Sending Off Your Manuscript



All right, as some of you know, I recently did some work for a publishing press. What I did was read unsolicited manuscripts (stories sent by authors with no agent) and decide if my boss should read it and publish it. During the weeks I spent doing this, I came to discover that authors really do have the worst habits.

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Updates to the Writer’s Toolbox



Hello readers and writers! If you haven’t been to the Writer’s Toolbox page in a while, I wanted to let you know about some recent additions and improvements. Since the last time I’ve made an announcement about this page, I have added 15 new resources, all with links for your convenience. With so many tools at your fingertips, you have only to save this one page in your bookmarks and come back to it as often as you like.

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How to Find Your Novel’s Path



All too often, I find myself lost in my writing. No, I don’t mean I find it to be an escape from real life, although it is that, too. No, I mean that I find myself lost in the plot or lost in the characters or lost in the details, meanwhile I am struggling to wrap my mind around plot, characters, and details.

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The Lightning Thief – Book Review

Here is the most recent book review from the Book Review Directory.

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The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse–Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe.

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The Puzzling Prologue Problem

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Go ahead, Google something along the lines of prologues in novels. I’ll wait.

Done? If so, you’ll have found links like 7 Deadly Sins of Prologues, The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents, The Dreaded Prologue, Question: the oft-maligned prologue, and so on.

Read these four pages. Did you see the following?

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