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Can a Writer’s Blog Really Help You Get an Agent?
You know the stories. Julie Powell blogged about tackling Julia Child’s recipes each day, and ended up with Julie & Julia in a book and in the theaters. Stuff White People Like got a book deal three months after it was launched. And then there’s the parody blog & book, Options: the Secret Life of Steve Jobs, by “fake Steve Jobs.” But those deals were all turning the actual blog into a book. Anything we hear about agents trolling blogs for promising writers seems like rumors and dreams. Until it happens to you. I got this message in my email a week and a half ago: Hi Jennifer: I am a literary agent scouting on behalf of a major publisher for someone to write a book on a young adult topic. I found your blogs and wonder if you might have interest in hearing more. What’s that? Someone found … Continue reading
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Free Manuscript Edit by Harcourt Editor
Is your novel finished and ready to go out? Is it 80,000 words or less? If so, check out the DearEditor.com website run by Deborah Halverson, a former Harcourt Brace Jovanovich editor and the author of the forthcoming Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies. (I met her an at SCBWI workshop a few years ago, before she went out on her own – she’s great!) Anyway, you enter by email and she’ll pull a winner at random and then do a substantive edit for you – structure, voice, characters, plot development, pacing, etc. (not line-editing). I’ve entered for my middle-grade time travel novel, Through the Shimmer of Time, and I got extra entries for subscribing to her blog and using my blog to spread the word. And even though letting all of you know may be lessening my own chances, it’s too good to pass up. So if you’re ready, … Continue reading
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