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Things You Should Know When Querying Agents – Part 2

Last week, we talked about things you should know when querying agents. Let’s face it. Querying can suck the life out of you. The “Will someone love my work enough to represent it?” question is always at the back of … Continue reading

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Things You Should Know When Querying Agents – Part 1

Are you querying literary agents? If so, you might want to ensure you’re up to speed on things you should know during this stage. Take a look. -Agents from different agencies (and sometimes the same agency) don’t have the same … Continue reading

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How to Nudge Literary Agents

With Pitch Wars coming to an end, and many mentees receiving fantastic news from agents, I thought it would be a good time to talk about nudging agents when you receive an offer of representation. If you’ve received that call … Continue reading

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When “Nothing Happens” in a Scene

What does it mean when an agent or editor tells you nothing happens in a scene? I mean, there’s at least one character in the scene. Why do industry professionals think nothing is happening? With some scenes, it’s pretty obvious. … Continue reading

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When to Check #MSWL (the Manuscript Wish List Hashtag)

Recently, I talked about #MSWL (the hashtag for Manuscript Wish List), where agents and editors post what they’d like to see in their inboxes. If you missed that post, check it out here: http://labelleseditorialservices.com/blog/its-that-day-again/. What I didn’t talk about in … Continue reading

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Make Your Characters Suffer

Make your characters suffer. You’ve probably heard this before. It’s nothing new. However, writers don’t always know what it means—what it really means. There are two things you need to understand in order to properly implement this rule. 1) Making … Continue reading

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Being a Prolific Writer Part 2

Last week, I talked about the benefits and drawbacks of being a prolific writer. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to write as fast as the authors I wrote about. But maybe you want to improve your speed and need … Continue reading

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Being a Prolific Writer Part 1

I recently attended the Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego, and while I was there, I went to a workshop called “Being Prolific and Productive While Remaining Sane” with Robin Covington, Laura Kaye, and Rebecca Zanetti as speakers. … Continue reading

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My Pitch Wars Critique

As most of you know, I’m a Pitch Wars mentor again. Last year, I mentored adult fiction. This year, I’m mentoring YA. As the contest approaches, the mentors have volunteered to do one of two workshops, where potential mentees win … Continue reading

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Are Your Scenes too Long or too Short?

Can you tell if your scenes are too long or too short? Do you know what to look for when trying to determine this? I’ll give you some pointers, but first, I want to talk about why you don’t want … Continue reading

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