Three Mistakes Writers Make In Their First Chapter


By Amy Giuffrida

Agents and  editors receive countless submissions on a daily basis and need to make hard decisions about whether or not to move forward with a manuscript. While you may have an amazing concept, sometimes the revisions necessary to ready a story for pitching are too deep and extensive. There are three big mistakes writers make: info dumping, telling, and including extraneous information. Although these can be found throughout an entire piece, each are fixable errors if you know what to look for. Continue reading “Three Mistakes Writers Make In Their First Chapter”

Three Steps to Take When You’ve Lost Your Voice


By Catherine Matthews

You’ve heard it before: ‘write what you want to read.’ It’s good advice…after all, you love to read. You love to write. That’s why you’re working so hard to become a published author, right? And yet there comes a point when what you want to read no longer sounds like what you’re writing. What’s missing, you wonder, and then you realize—it’s your voice. Every writer gets to the point where every page feels as dry as the last. The key to being an excellent writer isn’t never losing your voice—it’s knowing how to recover it, and letting that process of recovery become the fuel for an even bigger, brighter, bolder uniqueness. 

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Six Tips For Creating The Perfect Book Title


By Ryan Byrnes

Very often, a literary agent reads a great query that meet all the requirements – marketability, high quality of writing, an author with a following – and then the agent arrives at the manuscript’s title and goes, huh? This “huh?” can be boiled down to a few main functions in a title that we sometimes forget to consider. Continue reading “Six Tips For Creating The Perfect Book Title”

What The Movies Can Teach Us About Texture In Writing

By Ryan Byrnes

Writing fiction is a democratic art—a market art. Directly speaking to newbies and hopefuls, this is your saving grace. In that twilight where writers aren’t famous enough to snag movie deals, but still good enough to attract the notice of literary agents—at that level, degrees and resumes are useless—all that readers can use to differentiate between two same-genre books are the subtle elements of style that give each book a vague sense of “flavor.” Continue reading “What The Movies Can Teach Us About Texture In Writing”