Elizabeth: How do I Find an Agent?

2014-guide-to-literary-agents1-230x300In last week’s post I talked about how to decide if you need an agent. The answer to that question depends on what your personal goals are, how much control you want to retain, how comfortable you are with the publishing industry, and where you want to focus your time and energy, among other things.

The answer won’t be the same for every writer and may not even be the same from one book to another.

If you’ve decided that working with an agent is right for you at this point, then the next step is to find one. Before you start looking, it helps to know exactly what it is you’re looking for. Continue reading

Jilly: Dreaming Big, Planning Small

Dreaming Big, Planning SmallFor me, RWA National is a natural time to take stock and set a plan for the next twelve months. A year ago I’d almost completed the McDaniel Romance Writing Program and had decided that my manuscript needed re-writing rather than revising. In Atlanta I was thinking about the changes I planned to make, and I charged my batteries by attending lots of great writing craft workshops and inspirational talks by my favorite authors.

I also went to a Spotlight presentation by St Martin’s Press, and I made a particular note of the introductory remarks by Jennifer Enderlin, who said: “Dream big. Have unrealistic exectations. Think as big as you possibly can.” I took that advice to heart, and it’s locked in there. After all, if I don’t believe in my abilities, why should anyone else?

The last twelve months have whizzed by more or less according to plan. On Friday morning, I’ll Continue reading