Pub Rants

A Very Nice Literary Agent Indulges in Polite Rants About Queries, Writers, and the Publishing Industry

Debut Authors Pass On the Inspiration

After listening to an amazing series of keynote presentations at the 2015 National conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), during which authors wear their hearts on their sleeves, I feel the need to pass on the inspiration! From the Success Stories Panel: Ten years from first conference to first book published. And when editing […]

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Because Agents Are Human Too – Article 2

  August’s topic might be the most controversial. At the very least, I imagine opinions will vary widely, and I welcome any conversation this might spark. For an agent to be successful, she has to build trust with editors. Editors have very little free time, so they have to trust that what an agent submits to them will be […]

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#querywin – An MG Novel Sparks Memory

This week I requested a full manuscript for a middle grade children’s novel. When I was reading, I was instantly captured by the voice of the narrator. So original. But I see good writing all the time. Q: Do you want to know what tipped the balance and made me request the full manuscript? Answer: As […]

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Guest Post by Angie Hodapp: Authors, Do You Know Where Your Money Is?

Every six months, you get an envelope from your agent. You tear it open, take out the enclosed check and royalty statement, and glance at the numbers on both. You shrug and mutter, “Guess that looks about right.” Then you toss the statement on your to-be-filed pile at the back of your closet, endorse the […]

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Because Agents Are Human – Article 1

Just as the title suggests, because agents are also human beings, they are going to embody both good and bad traits found in human nature. No one is perfect. And as some authors have discovered, some agents are more imperfect than others! Your job as an author is to objectively recognize those human attributes or failings […]

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