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How to Successfully Screw Up Your Search for a Literary Agent

By Katrin Schumann

There’s so much helpful information out there about getting an agent. Spend a few hours trawling sites and you’ll have a good sense of the do’s and don’ts. But there’s enough conflicting advice that at some point you're likely to start fretting or freaking out about your approach. So I thought I’d make it easier for everyone by explaining it the other way round: How to fail.

February 3, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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Best of the Web 2/1/16

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.


In this LitHub essay on his years in the military, Michael J. Hefti reflects on the difficulty of writing a soldier's narrative when his own use of language is so disconnected from the civilian's. 

February 1, 2016 | Grub Daily

Best of Boston: What's Happening in February?

Welcome to the inaugural Best of Boston, a monthly compilation of all the can't-miss literary goings-on around the city. Take a gander at the hottest readings, signings, and assorted lit events to add to your calendar for February. 

January 28, 2016 | Grub Daily

Sound Quality: Tana French's In the Woods

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

Part II: "A Haunted, Dream-like Mood": A sentence from Tana French's In the Woods

January 27, 2016 | Henriette Lazaridis

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What An Author Looks Like: Nicola Yoon

Madeline (Maddy) Whittier, seventeen-year-old protagonist of Everything, Everything, is allergic to, well, everything, and has never been outside. But that doesn’t stop her from vividly imagining the world and taking risks to experience more, just like being a brand new mom didn’t stop the book’s author, Nicola Yoon, from writing.

January 26, 2016 | Lisa Paige

Author Interview

@_igoni Barret, who will be in Harvard's New Voices series, is featured on this list of books by African writers