9 Literary Agents Accepting Submissions

Looking for a Literary Agent?If you’re looking for literary agents, here are 9 from the top 50 agencies. Read what the agent accepts and then read and follow the agency’s submission guidelines before submitting. This will improve your chances of being read!

Many literary agencies also blog, offering insight into the publishing and literary agent world, as well as advice on the craft of writing. Check them out.

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What Writing Tool Has Helped You?

Tuesday’s writing tip has always been about learning the craft of writing.

We all learn in different ways—hands on, reading the manual, attending classes, etc. One of my goals for this year is to offer more options such as audio and video posts for those who learn auditorily or visually.

In the meantime—while I learn the technology involved—let’s discuss [Read more…]

How to Make Your Book Marketing Manageable Instead of Overwhelming

Carried by Grace by author Debra L. Butterfield

It’s launch week for Carried by Grace.

Are you in the process of writing your book?

Or do you have a publishing contract in hand?

No matter the answer, you can begin developing your marketing plan right now.

But there’s so much that goes into marketing it’s overwhelming and time consuming. How do you make it more manageable? [Read more…]

Let’s celebrate your publishing success

It’s hard to believe the year is nearly over. As I do every year, I’ve spent some time in the last few weeks reviewing my successes and my failures.

My two biggest failures have been in not asking you, my readers, about your publishing successes and writing difficulties. After all, my blog is about helping writers get published. Fixing those mistakes is on my goals list for 2015.

I would love to celebrate the end of the year with you by rejoicing in your successes. Please tell me

  • How have you grown as a writer?
  • Are you submitting to publishers? To magazines? (If you aren’t submitting, you can’t get accepted.)
  • Have you completed your book?
  • What writing goals have you set for 2015?

And help me help you. Tell me

  • What aspect of writing is giving you problems?
  • What topic(s) would you like to hear more about as 2015 plays out?
  • Would you like me to do some video tutorials or even possibly a webinar?

Post your news/answers in the comments below.

Happy New Year!

Is Your Dream Still Unrealized?

laptop 2Another year is drawing closed. Seems like only yesterday that I realized my dream of becoming a writer, yet it’s been over 12 years since the dream became reality.

In 2002 Focus on the Family hired me as a junior copywriter. And even though I was now working as a writer, I struggled to think of myself as one. I didn’t have a degree in journalism or English. I didn’t have any articles published in magazines, nor did I have a published book.

But that didn’t mean I wasn’t a writer. Long before becoming a copywriter, I was writing novels in my spare time. After putting my son to bed I’d sit down at the computer with a cup of coffee (and no it wasn’t decaf) and write for hours. Often until one in the morning.

I wasn’t just writing for fun or relaxation—those were side benefits. I wrote with the intention of [Read more…]

Elaine Marie Cooper & Bethany’s Calendar

I’m excited to have award-winning author Elaine Marie Cooper with us today, and I have a surprise for you at the end. Be sure to keep reading.

Author Elaine Marie CooperElaine is the author of 5 books. Her most recent historical fiction, Fields of the Fatherless, has won 3 awards: 2014 Selah Award, YA Fiction; 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Best Religious Fiction; and 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Best YA Religious Fiction. The Promise of Deer Run, book 2 of her Deer Run saga is a Los Angeles Book Festival Winner and was a ForeWord Book of the Year Award finalist.

Elaine knows how to captivate her readers! [Read more…]

How to Conquer Your Book Marketing Plan

Marketing. Most writers dread it. Because, after all, we’d rather be writing.

But gone are the days when the publisher handled ALL the marketing of a book for their authors. And the truth of it is, even in the “old days” traditional publishers didn’t allocate equal marketing dollars to every book.

Whether you are traditionally published or self-published, marketing your book is a fact of life—unless you don’t care if anyone ever buys your book.

Marketing isn’t a one time event. Maybe that’s what makes it so overwhelming. Or maybe it’s figuring out how to execute the many elements of marketing that intimidate and overwhelm you.

As I was considering the marketing plan for my new book Carried by Grace, it suddenly struck me how I could make it manageable. [Read more…]

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