While a full-length novel or memoir might be around 100,000 words long, the query letter summary should only be about 200 words. Anything more and you risk irritating busy literary agents and losing their interest. So it’s not surprising that many writers have trouble...
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Often, the question of whether or not your author bio matters has no single, simple answer. Most editors and agents—especially those interested in fiction, poetry, and memoir—rightly focus on the quality of the work being submitted, not the author’s bio. That said,...
Believe it or not, your creative writing submissions to literary agents and editors of literary journals say a lot about who you are as a writer and how you view your career. Literary agents and lit mag editors are experts at spotting writing submission red flags that...
After National Novel Writing Month is over, literary agencies are often flooded with 50,000-word manuscripts that, frankly, aren’t quite finished or polished enough for a successful agent-writer connection. NaNoWriMo books CAN become best sellers (here are a few that...
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