Good Novel Pacing: Better Than a Solid Pair of Spanx


By Rachel Beck

Truth: Anything that is written has a pace. Just like anything in motion has a pace. And it is always being noticed and taken in—maybe not consciously, yet pacing is still ever-important in anything from an email to assembly instructions to a novel. With instructional types of writing, like how to assemble something, the steps have to be listed in the correct order; otherwise the pacing will be off, and you’ll never get your product put together. Applied to more creative channels of writing, a certain pacing is understood and expected. 

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Film Rights Deal: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle


By Amy Giuffrida

November 16, 2018 – Film/TV rights to our client, Kimberly Belle’s internationally bestselling novel, The Marriage Lie were sold to ABC Studios. This psychological thriller follows a recently widowed woman as she discovers her husband was not the man she believed him to be.

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Why Self-Care Should Become Top Priority When Writing a Novel


Have you ever felt like one more rejection letter could end your writing career for good? Doubts and stress start to creep in, making a project you love seem daunting. Completely understandable. I’ve been there. Writing a book is hard. Many long, exhausting hours are spent in front of a keyboard to create a multi-page piece of yourself to share with the world. This is where the idea of self-care comes into play. Self-care is the act of protecting yourself, whether it be physically, mentally or emotionally by engaging in healthy and safe techniques in times of stress. 

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Four Cliché Openings to Avoid When Beginning Your Novel


By Samantha Martin

When agents sit down to read submissions, they are not only reading the query, but the opening pages as well. That means that your opening scene can make or break whether or not they will be interested in reading further. The easiest way for readers to get to know your characters is through what they say and do, so make sure your first scene depicts them doing something interesting. With that in mind, here are four overdone, cliché ways to begin a novel:

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