Pub Rants

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9 Story Openings To Avoid, Part 2

By Kristin Nelson & Angie Hodapp For the Part 1 of this article series, click here. Angie Hodapp and I recently teamed up to bring wit and wisdom to writers working on craft. During our workshop, we identified story openings that usually spell trouble for aspiring writers looking for representation. In fact, we’re offering a three-part webinar-workshop called “Opening Pages That […]

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New Article Series: 9 Story Openings To Avoid

By Kristin Nelson & Angie Hodapp Last month, Angie Hodapp and I co-taught an opening-pages workshop at a day-long education event for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. First time ever Angie and I teamed up to hopefully bring wit and wisdom to writers who want to work on craft. We had an absolute blast. We identified several story openings that usually spell […]

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Former Egmont Authors: Check Your Royalty Statements

Publishing is a complex business with a lot of moving parts. Every contract is unique, and most errors we find on royalty statements are caused by data-entry mishaps that occur when contract terms are incorrectly keyed into publishers’ accounting systems. In other words, human error is often the culprit. So I’m going to give Lerner […]

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What Is Your Magic Number?

All aspiring writers want their magic number to be one. The first novel a writer ever wrote is perfect from conception. The first novel lands a literary agent. The first novel is so awesome, it immediately sells at auction. The first novel is published to great fanfare and much commercial success. The dream-come-true of overnight success. Well, I’d like to tell […]

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Why It’s Dangerous To Think That “Diverse Books” is the Latest Hot Trend

Just recently, PW published an article in which agents shared their thoughts on children’s books and YA trends. Although I’m quite tickled that so many agents are seeing lots of submissions featuring diverse characters, it’s dangerous to consider diversity the latest YA trend. I’m sure I’m not the only agent who can say they’ve been repping diverse […]

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