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Originally posted on Food. – by Sigalle Barness:
Nothing like roses, coffee and shakshooka to start your Sunday off right! Shakshooka is a dish made of eggs cooked sunny side…
Guess what? I’m ready to be at my desk reading all summer! Here is an updated manuscript wishlist for my slush pile. Send me your work!
Please send me the following fiction manuscripts:
- Women’s fiction, commercial, historical, suspense or upmarket (i.e. Meg Mitchell Moore, Jojo Moyes, Sarah Jio, Allison Winn Scotch, Nichole Bernier, Meg Donohue, Elin Hilderbrand, Nancy Thayer, Karen Brown etc.)
- Upmarket fiction (i.e. A HUNDRED SUMMERS, THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, THE ENGAGEMENTS and SEATING ARRANGEMENTS)
- Literary coming-of-age novels (i.e. ARCADIA, AGE OF MIRACLES, TELL THE WOLVES I’M HOME, ONCE UPON A RIVER, SWAMPLANDIA!)
- YA and adult books about: revolutions (i.e. French, South American), cults and communes, family secrets, settings that feel like characters (i.e. BURIAL RITES).
- Southern-set novels (i.e. TUMBLEWEEDS, SAVING CEE CEE HONEYCUTT and TRUE BLOOD-type but not paranormal)
- Gothic-style novels (i.e. THE LITTLE STRANGER, THE GREATCOAT and THE DARK)
- YA contemporary (i.e…
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Don’t know what to have prepared?
Wish you had a checklist?
Here’s your tool kit:
1. Log Line: You have to be able to describe your book in one sentence.
2. Query: Use a three paragraph structure 1) why you’re querying this agent, log line, genre and word count 2) short ‘back cover copy-style’ paragraph 3) author bio (hint: it’s okay to call yourself a debut)–and make sure you have a finished manuscript!
3. 1 Page Synopsis: Make sure you have a short synopsis handy for when the requests start to roll in.
4. 3 Page Synopsis: Make sure you have a long synopsis handy. Some agents like short & some long. Make sure you have both handy so you don’t have to delay sending your manuscript when an agent requests it.
5. Critique Partner: I hope you have one before this point…
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Such motivational, eye opening advice as always.
Here’s how you can make writing a career:
1. The Right Team
You need the right people around you to make it work. You need an agent that you trust and connect with. And your agent needs a team that can support you: contracts expert, sub rights manager, film and TV agent, publicity contacts, editorial contacts and much more. You are not alone when you have an agent that is well connected, has their finger on the pulse of your career and is aware of what’s going on in the industry.
2. Sub Rights
This is the #1 way that authors can make writing a full-time job. Sub rights include selling film and TV rights, audio rights, dramatic rights, translation and foreign rights, and many more. When you have multiple…
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As book nympho, I have a reading paralysis that threatens my ability to choose just one book at a time and read it from cover to cover–they’re all just so attractive and worthy of my attention–so instead, more often than not, I find myself reading several books at a time–probably not the best idea– needless to say, finishing any one of them is merely an accomplishment I can only hope for. My chances of winning the lottery are greater..with that being said, I ask, am I the only one out there amongst all the avid readers and book junkies, who suffers from this crippling dilemma? It would be soothing comfort to the ego knowing I am not the minority, but rather the majority.
Currently I am reading 1984, by George Orwell, which I have been carrying around with me for months (stationed somewhere around page five) while also reading Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel in Spanish and in translation… wow, talk about ambitious, considering my skill level for reading in Spanish is low, particularly when it comes to novels anyway. While the two text may seem like an unlikely pair, I have come to the realization that they aren’t as unparalleled as they once seemed; thematically, they share many similarities. However, one of the problems with reading multiple books simultaneously is that you run the risk of merging characters, especially if they are similar genres and time periods; luckily for me Tita hasn’t run in to Winston yet..
What books, if any, are you reading at the same time?