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Catching an Agent or Editor’s Attention: What's the Secret?

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By Katrin Schumann

This spring, a new writer—let’s call her Sharon—sent out dozens of queries for her novel and received zero response. Nothing, not even a single no thanks. She contacted me to ask if I could help with her query letter. Understandably, she thought there might be a secret to writing a query that would catch an agent's attention, and she'd missed it.

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice

Twenty Tips from Published Writers (That They Wish They'd Known Earlier!)

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By Katrin Schumann

The best advice comes from people who have been in the trenches. Battled the highs and lows, enjoyed successes and perhaps been disappointed--or delighted--by the unexpected.

I recently asked some of my writer colleagues, friends, clients and former students--all now published--for advice they wish they'd known before launching into the process. Here are the top twenty tips:

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life

In Pursuit of the Perfect Logline

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Recent Novel Incubator graduate Julie Carrick Dalton interviews Lane "The Logline Whisperer" Shefter Bishop--director, producer, and Muse & the Marketplace presenter--about how to reduce a whole novel to one pitch-perfect sentence.

Julie Dalton

The Writing Life

The Importance of Being Kind and Creative

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So you've written a novel; now what? In this series, debut author-to-be Crystal King describes the traditional publication process from start to finish: the lead-up, what to expect along the way, and how building her social media platform has made a difference. In this installment of "On the Path to Publication" Crystal talks about what's next after launch of her debut novel, FEAST OF SORROW.

Crystal King

The Writing Life

One Argument, Two Books, a Magazine Article and a TV Show: How the Hell Does Creativity Work?

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By Katrin Schumann

Instead of feeling grateful I was annoyed. My husband and I were wandering among the 18th century gravestones, talking books. 

He was excited. “And then you can have the guy, it’s set in modern times, maybe he’s an international spy or a drug lord or something big, and he’s thinking back on what happened with his mother and that’s how you tell the Ibiza story?”

Katrin Schumann

Craft Advice The Writing Life