Requerying – Is it worth resubmitting?

An agent has given you personal feedback on your query, but it’s a no.  Do you resubmit?  It is very discouraging for an agent to give personal feedback to a writer, and then to receive a revised manuscript a week or two later. My initial impression is that...

Does an online platform matter?

I’m often asked if a social media / online platform matters.  The short answer is. No.  The longer answer is that for fiction, the most important thing that publishers care about is the quality of the writing. If your twitter following / facebook following...

How did I start working at a literary agency?

I always loved reading, and I was obsessed with books when I was growing up. I was never aware of the publishing industry, I assumed books just “existed”. I was an English major in college, much to the apprehension of my parents (both are researchers in...

Pixar’s Rules for Storytelling

Incredible rules for storytelling from a Pixar story artist. #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. #3:...