Writing Instruments

Writing is a physical act:  Toni Morrison – pencil on yellow paper.  Maya Angelou – longhand on yellow legal pad (with glass of sherry).  Edna O’Brien – violet ink longhand. Stephen King – fountain pen longhand.  Jilly Cooper – a...

A day in the life

A ‘typical’ day in the life of a literary agent.  Before office opens at 9:30 – read submissions. I try to give the best energy each morning and read submissions. This means trying not to open my email inbox until 9:30.  Have a massive cup of coffee...

What does a literary agent do?

When I’m asked “what I do”, I find it difficult to explain. My husband often helpfully chimes in, literary agents are like Jerry Maguire, but for books. (Although, this is quickly becoming a dated reference).  And I think that’s probably one of...

How a book is published

How does a manuscript become a book? How is a book published?  This is how the traditional publishing model works – as a writer, you have the copyright in your work. You license your copyright to a publisher.  In traditional publishing, these are the major...