Writer’s Digest, October 2014, Volume 94, No. 7
FEATURES: Get an Agent
Find Your Agent Match
Meet 28 reps looking for new clients now.
by Chuck Sambuchino
PLUS: Query Letter Dos and Don’ts
The Secret to a Stronger Nonfiction Book Proposal
Knowing what’s already on bookshelves may just be the single most effective (and most overlooked) way to convince an agent where your idea fits in. Here’s how your Competitive Analysis can be your secret weapon.
by Nina Amir
The Evolving Agent
Progressive literary agencies are redefining the traditional role of the agent—and finding new ways to support authors in the digital era. Here’s what savvy writers—beginning and experienced alike—should know.
by Jane Friedman
Pitching in Person
Writing conferences offer valuable chances to meet face-to-face with agents—but in the heat of the moment, nerves can get the best of even the most confident writers. Here are the 5 steps to coming out on top.
by Tracey Barnes Priestley
9 Ways to a Faster Book Deal
Think there’s nothing you can do to help your submission’s chances? Think again.
by Susan Shapiro
The WD Interview: Lisa Scottoline
An award-winning suspense series set in an all-female law firm. A library of bestselling book club picks. A humor column in the tradition of Erma Bombeck. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, Lisa Scottoline is not your average lawyer-turned author.
by Jessica Strawser
WRITER’S WORKBOOK: Write Like a Master
What We Can Learn From Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte, annotations by K.M. Weiland
Book Trailer Basics:
Video book trailers are fast becoming an effective tool for book promotion. Try these approaches for creating and distributing one of your own.
by Cindy Callaghan
- 5-Minute Memoir: Writing My Head Off
- Poetic Asides
- The Late Novel
- Top Shelf
- On the (Opposing) Recordli>
- Furst Drafts
BREAKING IN: Debut Author Spotlight
by Chuck Sambuchino
MEET THE AGENT: Myrsini Stephanides, Carol Mann Agency
by Kara Gebhart Uhl
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK: Query-Sharing Agents; Paying for Publication; A Late Start
by Barbara Poelle
YOUR STORY: First Things First, Contest #57
STANDOUT MARKETS: Colorado Review; Commonweal; Arcade Publishing
by Tiffany Luckey
CONFERENCE SCENE: Baltimore Writers’; Digital Author and Indie Publishing; Chicago Writers
by Linda Formichelli
REJECT A HIT: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
spoof-rejected by Andrew Weidman