How to avoid query letter mistakes

The biggest hurdle standing between you and a publishing deal is the query letter. Over the years, many authors have asked me the same question: Why aren’t literary agents responding to me? More often than not, I don’t even need to glance at their manuscript to tell them why agents haven’t yet jumped at the chance to work with them — the issues start with the query letter itself. A well-written query letter can get you in the door, but one that falls flat can delay your chances at publishing success. Here are some quick tips for diagnosing what might have gone wrong and how to improve your pitch.… Read More

Harpo Character Point of View POV

You’re finally ready to begin your novel. You’ve settled on that intriguing big idea, created a unique main character, and sharpened your story arc. But, do you know what point of view you will use to tell your story? Just as you figure out the big elements of your novel in the first stages of the book-crafting process, you should also choose which point of view to use in your novel before you even start writing. This means pinpointing which character (human, dog or otherwise!) should be the main eyes for your story. The right point of view serves your story; a wrong lens can cause the whole novel to fall flat. Often, authors discover the latter after many months, or years, of writing. Save… Read More

How to Find the Writers Retreat for You: 3 Tips

Looking to find a writers retreat, but aren’t sure how to choose the right one? Getting away to focus on your writing can help you finally finish your novel, refine your craft, or connect with other authors and editors in a positive environment. But there are several things many writers forget to ask themselves before selecting a retreat. Make the most of your time—and your money—and consider these points:… Read More