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

First Impressions

Easy ways to sabotage your submission.

Want a quick way to make a poor first impression with an agent or editor? Send a manuscript that’s not professionally formatted.

Consider the sample pages for a YA novel an author sent this morning. A quick glance suggested he wasn’t yet ready for prime time. Before I read a … Continue reading