In case you missed them, the episodes in this series are:
- An overview of paths to publication – the paths that are typical (in my experience) for fiction and nonfiction writers, with a bonus bit about bloggers.
- How to submit short stories – with commentary on each of the lit journals I’ve submitted to, plus the results I’ve gotten.
- How to submit (pitch) nonfiction articles – how to write a query letter to pitch a research-based article to a magazine or newspaper, with anecdotes from my query letters and replies.
- This episode, on how I got my agent
In this episode, I talk about how I found my agent, who is the reason my novel is on submission (woo!). Finding an agent took me a long time, many query letters, and two tries in Pitch Madness. But eventually it happened and it was a total thrill.
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Reading update: Thinking about rereading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Still lacking in the reading department.
Writing update: I am working on a new novel! I am too superstitious to share details! And sometimes it’s hard to write in coffee shops.
- I found my agent through Pitch Madness, a.k.a. #PitMad. It’s an event on Twitter and is AWESOME. It includes every. single. genre. that I know of, and it’s an amazing opportunity. It has changed a bit since I participated, but it’s coming right up – February 24, 2017! Details here.
- You can look at my tweets for Pitch Madness if you are interested–here is my Twitter feed (I’m @likesoatmeal).
- My nonfiction manuscript didn’t get picked up, but I did write for the Patheos network on a blog called Surprising Faith.
- Nathan Bransford’s blog is a treasure trove for query letter writing for novelists and nonfiction book proposal writing.
- Ann Patchett, “Writers need great swaths of time,” comes from her amazing longform piece “The Getaway Car”
Come back next week to find out if my daily hour-long limit on the Internet has worked!