We had a totally excellent "Getting Published" class last night at Lewis & Clark Community College. First of all, I love their Edwardsville campus at 700 Troy. It's the conclave of brick buildings that I've been told was a former factory site. The classrooms are spacious, light and well-appointed.But what made the class really cool was the students. We had folks who wanted to write novels, those who wanted to write children's books, and a … [Read more...] about The Teacher is Always the Student
I promised to write about agents, so here I go.Let's start with the four ways for getting an agent that I personally know work:*1. Pitch an agent at a writers' conference--meet the agent face-to-face and tell him/her about your book. SleuthFest is a great writers' conference for this. So's Crime Bake. Why? They offer face time with agents. You will need to craft your pitch so you can say it in your sleep. Try it on several friends and watch their … [Read more...] about Why You Need an Agent–and Query Letters that Worked–Part I
Rick Frishman posted this interesting take on literary agents.Literary agents have emerged as the publishers' gatekeepers. They are middlemen (and women), go-betweens and facilitators. Approximately 80 percent of the books that publishing houses release were brought to them by agents. Most publishing houses give agented submissions more attention because editors have a high level of confidence in agented submissions. They know that it's not in an … [Read more...] about About Literary Agents.