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Literary Agent News: Memoir

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

A Note from the Editor:

One of the most popular genres on Two Drops of Ink is Memoir. Memoir is a hot genre period. Personally, I think it’s because people are a bit voyeuristic – we love to know the intimate details of people’s lives. We love to hear about their struggles because it helps us with or own. We love their stories of success because it gives us hope. We even love the sad stories, the ones without a happy ending, because we know the author has poured out their heart to us, and we feel like have become a confidant of sorts. We have several posts about the genre of Memoir on the blog, and we have readers and writers in our following that are working on memoirs. This month’s Literary Agent News is about Memoir and agents that are seeking submission from that genre. Good reading.

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You Must Have an Agent, And Other Myths about Publishing

Something to keep in mind when self-publishing.

Author William Speir's Blog

For years, I thought that the only way to get published was to be represented by a literary agent.  The publishing industry perpetuates this myth – just look at how much Writer’s Digest talks about finding and keeping agents if you don’t believe me. But the truth is: it is not necessary to be represented by a literary agent to get published. I’m living proof.

There are many ways to get books published. One option is self-publishing, although that option has the most difficult path to financial success for an author and puts 100% of the marketing and sales efforts squarely on the back of the author. Another option is small press publishing, which typically uses a business model where the publisher and the author are partners in getting the book published and into the hands of potential readers. The third option is large press publishing. Unless you’re already a…

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7 Ways to Make an Agent or Publisher Say Yes!

Writer's Resource Blog

Traditional publishing is growing again. Sales are up, ebooks have become another channel rather than the death of books, and disruption is creating beneficial changes. Here are 7 ways to make an agent or publisher say, “Yes!” to your manuscript.
1. Write a fantastic manuscript. Tap into your passion and write something that relates to that. You’ll produce a much better manuscript that way.
2. Run the manuscript through beta readers. Use your writer’s group, friends who are readers and writers, or a professional editor to spot those critical flaws you’ve missed because you’re too close to the story.
3. Create a professional query letter (see Dec 18 post for more).
4. Create supporting submission materials. For a nonfiction book, this is a book proposal. For fiction, this means a bio that includes your platform, a synopsis, and an overview of marketing opportunities the author can fulfill. Juvenile fiction and…

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What Silence in Publishing Really Means

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

calendar_agenda The dreaded silence. Everyone who has submitted a project to an agent, or works in the business knows about silence.

Here’s my guide to what silence from agents and editors really means and why you shouldn’t jump to conclusions:

1. We haven’t read it

This is the most common reason. If you’re nudging an agent after 4 weeks and you think, “4 weeks! They’ve had it forever! They must have read it by now.” Honestly, for an agent, 4 weeks is not a lot of time. Depending on the time of year those can be a busy 4 weeks of client deals, conferences, editor lunches, proposal writing, pitch writing, and client manuscript editing. I’ve talked about this before–that client work comes first–but if you think about it: reading a manuscript takes 4-6 hours for me. That means if multiple clients send me their work AND I have multiple unsolicited manuscripts…

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