Follow the Guidelines

It’s the step unpublished writers often ignore.

A few years back, a literary agency included this warning with their entry for an annual writer’s market guide: “No exceptions. Don’t ask to be the exception.”

Agents and acquisitions editors everywhere share that frustration. There’s a reason for each item in their submission guidelines. That’s what they want … Continue reading

5 Ws for Social Media

Remember to give readers essential orientation.

If you post on social media but never studied journalism, you might benefit from this essential of good reporting: the Five Ws.

Even those who skim your post will get the big idea if you immediately give these five key facts:

  • Who
  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • Why

Provide all … Continue reading

Key Terms for Authors

Editors and agents expect you to speak their language.

If you aspire to publish a novel or nonfiction book, you’ll find these terms useful at writers conferences as you prepare to meet with agents and editors.

Elevator speech. A one-minute presentation to prompt an editor or agent to want to learn more about your proposed book. … Continue reading