Reblog: 14 Agents Seeking Science Fiction Novels NOW

For all my friends out there who write sci-fi, Chuck Sambuchino has just released a list of literary agents who are actively seeking sci-fi novels.

They are all US-based agents, but I won’t let stop me.

I hope you find this as useful as I did.

Yet another great post from Writers in the Storm. Thanks guys.

See the full list here

Reblog: 6 Tips To Hook A Reader on Page One

Just read this really handy post on Carly Watters blog of an agent’s view of first pages and how to improve them:

I’ve read thousands of “page ones.” Very often I don’t read page two.

Sometimes all I read is that first page and I make judgements based on what I see there. As an agent and a reader my practice is that if I’m not connecting with the material I move on–and quickly.

I wish I had time to give writers (and their books) more of a chance but I can tell a lot by one page: sense of dialogue, setting, pace, character, voice, and writing talent–yes, usually all from one page. Five at the most.

So how are you supposed to get us past one page?

Read more…

It’s a brilliant post, so I just had to reblog.

Thanks Carly for the original.

Re-blog: 14 Authors Share Their Advice on the Rocky Road of Publication

So I just read this great post with advice from successful authors on Writers in the Storm, and I simply had to reblog it.

If you’re a writer and fancy some bite-sized nuggets of worldly writing wisdom, then you can read more here.

Enjoy.

The Secret to Writing Good Characters

Here’s a great post from a blog that all aspiring authors should be following. Thanks a lot Carly Watters for the original.
Enjoy

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Ben Wiseman Illustration NYTCharacters make or break a novel, especially for agents. When agents get 100s of manuscripts submitted per month, what is it that draws us to some books and not others? Characters.

What agents look for in a main character:

  • Degree of likability
  • Interesting
  • Honest
  • Have a strong and unique voice
  • They feel like they had a real life before the book started and after the pages are done
  • No coincidences
  • Motivation for what they do
  • That we meet them at an interesting point in their lives
  • Most importantly: They must have a secret. What are they hiding?

All strong and interesting characters carry a secret with them. A secret that is slowly revealed to the reader. A secret that some find controversial always helps. A secret that the character has to explain and is the reason why they do what they do and why they are the way they are. And

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