Category Archives: Writing tips

Every novel feels like the first: Hazel Gaynor on writing

Guest post by Hazel Gaynor On writing … and writing, and writing, and writing On April 1st, 2014, my debut novel. The Girl Who Came Home was published. I remember the day so clearly: the sense of excitement, the disbelief … Continue reading

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Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

By Roz DeKett The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For … Continue reading

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Query letters to literary agents: Don’t be weird

By Roz DeKett Literary agent Janet Reid runs the Query Shark web site. There are some of my notes from her talk at the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. I’ve posted about the right way to query literary … Continue reading

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Who cares about your characters?

By Roz DeKett At the Writer’s Digest 2015 Annual Conference in New York City, Talcott Notch Literary Services President and Executive Editor Gina Panettieri spoke about developing compelling characters. Here are my notes from her talk. You’ve heard it before, … Continue reading

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The right way to query a literary agent about your book

By Roz DeKett Janet Reid, the literary agent who runs QueryShark, gave a thorough and helpful overview on how to query (and how not to query) at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City, July 31-August 2, 2015. … Continue reading

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What literary agents want … and don’t want

By Roz DeKett Pitch slams Let the passion you have for the book shine through. Tell them what it’s about, what the main character goes through, what happens at the end. They need to know this to get interested in … Continue reading

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