By Rachel Beck I think it’s safe to say that networking is a word that evokes fear and panic in a good number of people, coupled with the immediate desire to run away fast. This is potentially because networking is something that can be falsely associated with schmoozing, acting smarmy or showing fake interest in … Continue reading What Happens at an Editor/Agent Lunch?
Let’s play Two Truths and a Lie. Which one of these following statements is the lie: A book should only be as long or short as it needs to be. One should keep writing, until it’s done. Length doesn’t matter as long as the story is good. What’s the answer? All of them; and at … Continue reading Why Word Count Matters
So you’ve carefully crafted a story that you poured your heart into, pulled hair out over, and lost who knows how many hours of sleep for. You send off a query to a handful of agents and wait. And wait. And wait some more. One day, you hear that fateful ping notifying you of a … Continue reading When Querying Hurts: Deciphering the Rejection
Contrary to popular belief, building your author platform is not the same thing as marketing. It’s all about networking and creating a community of people who believe in the same things your book is saying. If you were to write a young adult contemporary romance, your community might contain young adults with a belief in … Continue reading Building Your Author Platform