Pub Rants

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

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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Why I Can’t Tweet My Manuscript Wish List

If you’re a writer on Twitter, you probably know that #MSWL is a popular hashtag. It’s how lots of agents and editors broadcast their submission wish lists. I love it! But I can say with complete certainty that I’ll never post a #MSWL list. Why? Simply because I honestly don’t know what I’m looking for until I start […]

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Writer Conference Pitch Pro Tips

It’s springtime! That means the Writer Conference season is upon us. And you know what that means, pitch appoints with agents and editors. I do think yoga breathing exercises are essential to do pre-pitch so you might want to brush up with some practice before you go. And just in case you’d like a few […]

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#1 Reason We Requested Only 216 Sample Materials In 2015

At the beginning of 2015, I implemented new submissions guidelines. Instead of reading queries and then requesting sample pages, I now request that authors include the first ten pages of their manuscript along with their query letters. What a difference! Instead of reading only 45 full manuscripts (like I did in 2014), I read 87 full manuscripts […]

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