The Great Agent Hunt

Lucienne Diver talks about the right ways to find an agent. […]

Continue reading The Great Agent Hunt

Writing Life — An Aspiring Writer’s Guide to Conventions and Conferences

Dragon*Con, Atlanta’s humongous science fiction and fantasy convention, takes place this coming weekend, and many of us MW-types are planning to attend. I’ll be on several panels and will also be doing a reading and book signings. My (still incomplete) schedule can be found here. Faith, Misty, A.J., and Kalayna are on the program as well, as are big names from the worlds of television, movies, science, and literature. It should be a blast, and we hope to see many of you there.

This struck me as a good time to return once more to the subject of conventions and conferences. Over the next two months I will be attending not only Dragon*Con, but also the annual conference of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and World Fantasy Convention, which takes place this year out in San Diego. Each of these events, as well as other conventions I attend during the […]

Continue reading Writing Life — An Aspiring Writer’s Guide to Conventions and Conferences

Literary Agents: Top Ten Ways to Make or Break that Relationship, Number 3: The Agent at Cons, Part One

The agent at a con (if that agent doesn’t write as well, which we’ll cover in part two later) is a busy person. They are there to meet prospective clients, socialize with clients, meet with other agents and talk shop, chat up new and already-friends editors, talk up their newest writer-find (if they have something new and explosively exciting that is about to be sent to editors), share with editors all the excitement about their existing clients (so the editors can gnash their teeth remembering when they didn’t buy that client’s book), attend way too many parties where they don’t dare drink but a half glass of anything that might relax them because they have another party to go to in an hour, and, well, they never stop. If they get a headache or backache they can’t quit and lie down. If they need their medication (allergy or anything that […]

Continue reading Literary Agents: Top Ten Ways to Make or Break that Relationship, Number 3: The Agent at Cons, Part One

Literary Agents: Top Ten Ways to Make or Break that Relationship, Number 2, The Agent as Superman/Superwoman

I just changed the Top Ten. I decided that number one and two were parts of one whole, and I realized this week, (Monday to be precise) that I left out one of the most important parts of the agent job and relationship. The Agent as Superman/Superwoman. (And yes, this post is supposed to be very mildly humorous, a departure from the more serious stuff, though the title of Superman and Superwoman Agent is not intended to be funny. About that I’m dead serious.)

The job of literary agent is very complex, or at least it is when the agents are worth their salt. There is a broad list of jobs, the ones we might call the Magic Five: He / she 1. sends manuscripts to editors, 2. makes and keeps good relationships with editors 3. makes and keeps good relationships with the writers in his stable, and looks for […]

Continue reading Literary Agents: Top Ten Ways to Make or Break that Relationship, Number 2, The Agent as Superman/Superwoman

Literary Agents: TOP TEN WAYS to Make or Break that Relationship AFTER you Sign – Part 1

The unpublished writer (not to include self published or e-pubbed writers, who seldom have agents) always seem to think that the first major step in becoming a commercially published writer is finding and being signed by an agent. (Of course, we know here at MW that it’s really finishing that first book, but that’s our little secret. Shhhh.) And they are right. But that is only the beginning in a relationship that is intended to make you both money. Yeah – that is the purpose of the writer/agent relationship: to make money. And there are sooo many reasons / ways a writer (and sometimes an agent) can screw that up.

I’ve compiled a list of the top ten ways (off the top of my head) that a writer can make or break this very important relationship. I may delete or change or rename any over the course of the next […]

Continue reading Literary Agents: TOP TEN WAYS to Make or Break that Relationship AFTER you Sign – Part 1

Speed II: The Pitch

I confess that no brilliant idea struck me for today’s post, so I’m offering a kind of update instead, an update which I hope some will find interesting as a window on both creative and business process. Two weeks ago I posted on writing quickly, using as an instance a WIP on which I was about to start work. I had lofty goals, and though I haven’t attained them all, I’m making progress. Today’s post is about the next step.

As I said last time in response to comments, I’m leaning a little more to the pantser side on this one, though I am still mapping the larger story as an outline, and the difference between this and my usual strategy is more about speed than methodology. I’m making decisions quickly and moving on. I’m also blending the plotting and writing process to an extent: I have the basic shape […]

Continue reading Speed II: The Pitch

Starting Over…?

I thought I’d write about the realities of the publishing business today – and not the good stuff. Yeah, I’m cranky. For good reason. I have a mystery-writing friend—someone I worked with a long while and introduced to her agent and celebrated with her through her first books. She just called…

She just found out that her numbers on the first two books were not high enough and the publishing company is not picking her up after book three (which isn’t even released yet). They will not be buying more books from her, under that name, with that character, ever. Her career is dead in the water. Which just gripes my goat. Or would if I had one.

Apparently this happened last week and it just […]

Continue reading Starting Over…?