Jeff Chon Gets Nostalgic for the 80’s, and Records Are Evil

So, high school is hard enough. And then a friend attempts suicide. Heavy metal is to blame. The local pastor is burning records, and MTV's Kurt Loder is on the scene. Holloway Literary author Jeff Chon’s latest short story, P.A.L.A.D.I.N is featured in the North American Review. Let’s get some context. Q: What inspired you … Continue reading Jeff Chon Gets Nostalgic for the 80’s, and Records Are Evil

Five Questions to Ask When Your Characters Are Too Good To Be True

by Catherine Matthews It happens every day at every literary agency. A promising proposal comes in, agents start to read, and after a chapter or two there’s a huge problem staring them in the face. That problem has a name—the name of a main character who seems to have no problems of his or her … Continue reading Five Questions to Ask When Your Characters Are Too Good To Be True

Stuck In A Rut? Five Tips For Writing Your Way Out

by Catherine Matthews   As a writer, it is inevitable that you will reach the point where all you want to do is throw in the towel and walk away from your writing. You’ve written night after night and query after query, only to have your efforts met with kind but firm ‘no, thank you’ … Continue reading Stuck In A Rut? Five Tips For Writing Your Way Out

Four Mistakes Writers Make When Querying Literary Agents

As the submissions coordinator for a literary agency, I've noticed the majority of authors make at least one mistake in their query letter, most trying to find a clever way to capture the agents' attention. However, standing out from the crowd is not always a good thing, especially when we provide clear guidelines. A clear … Continue reading Four Mistakes Writers Make When Querying Literary Agents