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Manuscript Wishlist Summer 2014

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

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.)
  • 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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The Writer’s 8 Tools of Pitching

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Picture 6Getting ready to go on submission to agents?

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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Q: Can I Write Fiction For A Living?

Such motivational, eye opening advice as always.

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

googleimages2 A: It’s possible. But it’s a lot of hard work and you have to have the right people in your corner.

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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Poetry prompt

“How I started writing  poetry”

Words were my weapon of choice–

I got to choose how to use them.

I could make you smile or make you cry,

Make you love me, hate me, or question why?

Growing up introverted, words became my fearless,

Unapologetic alter-ego who dared to be tested.

The power and energy of words were my freedom,

my escapism, and the eloquent way I communicated–

Eventually a form of expression of my

hurt, pain, disappointment and joy.

The innermost feelings I harbored, met words and birthed poetry!

Racism Prompts Human Disposal!

What is racism?   My definition of racism is a hegemonic attitude deliberately, yet unfairly imposed upon the ignorant and naïve, passed on from generation to generation, that teaches an egotistical doctrine..

I bring this topic up, because after watching a documentary based on the child-bearing of women or lack thereof, having a negative impact on Japan’s population, and how it has opened up a new can of worms; shedding light on Japanese racism; I was left in awe.

Consequently, curiosity set in, forcing me to explore the why and how the two were conducive of one another. Now, if you are like me, you may ask what is the direct correlation of the two (Racism and population)?  While the answer to that question may seem a bit hard to wrap your psyche around, clearly the Japanese culture has pondered long and hard about this matter on how to correct it. The premise is this:

A lucrative economy depends on the productivity of its goods and services  and the people (working class) who produce the goods and services. So, if that is true, the opposite would also be true. As older citizens retire or die, the future the economy relies on the younger generation transitioning into the work force as well as the reproductive cycle to reboot itself.  Since this is not the case,the Japanese worry about the slow growth of their population attracting people from other countries such as,  Brazil, China and Korea coming in looking for work, which is something the Japanese doesn’t want.  So, rather than have an influx of people from other countries pour in for work, they have found a way to retard this process by building robots that closely resemble humans to do human like task.

While I know racism exists, I never thought about it as a problem outside of America. It really isn’t so much that I wasn’t aware of racism existing in other countries, but more astonished of the measures taken. Are the Japanese so racists that they are willing to replace human life with a robot for the sake of keeping out “foreigners”?