Category Archives: Literary agents

Hey, Writers, Stop Building Your Online Platform NOW

Why must you stop building your online platform now? You need to write, damn it. Years ago, I went to see one of my favorite authors, Paul Theroux, read at a Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square. … Continue reading

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Pitch Your Novel – 7 Strategies for Success Part II

In my previous post, I highlighted the first three of seven strategies for successfully pitching your novel at a writers’ conference. Pitching at a conference is much different than pitching electronically when you have to develop documents such as a … Continue reading

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Pitch Your Novel – 7 Strategies for Success (Part I)

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about my experience at the James River Writers Conference and all the great takeaways writers should plan to benefit from at writers’ conferences in general. Probably the most important, for me, … Continue reading

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7 Takeaways from the James River Writers Conference

Last weekend, I attend my first-ever writers’ conference–the 2013 James River Writers Conference in Richmond, VA. Besides re-experiencing beauty of driving through Virginia countryside (many years ago, I was an undergraduate at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg), I learned a lot … Continue reading

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Agents Are Not Fire-Breathing Dragons

If there is one experience I’ve missed during my writing career it has been attending a writers’ workshop. I’ve applied to Bread Loaf a couple times, though deservedly I never got in because I always chose the option on the … Continue reading

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