Michelle Salas

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Classifying Your Book: How to Research & Target Literary Agents

By Chuck Sambuchino<p>Once your book is finished, it’s time to start submitting to agents. For this, a simple first step is to create a new Microsoft …

11 Steps to Finding the Agent Who’ll Love Your Book

I was ready. I had an edited manuscript. I had a tiered list of agents. I had a spreadsheet. I’d read every scrap of information about getting an …

9 Female Pirates You Should Know About

When you think of pirates, you're likely picturing bearded buccaneers or peg-legged scalawags with names like Blackbeard, Barbarossa, and Calico …

5 Mistakes Writers Make (and How to Avoid Them)

<b>1. Thinking that your book will sell itself</b><p>I have five books published with Simon & Schuster and let me tell you: T<i>hey do not walk off the shelves</i>. I …

How to be an Agent’s ‘Dream Client’

By Chuck Sambuchino<p>How does a literary agent define their “ideal client”? The question is extremely important because it’s one that factors into an …

Advice For Writers From Literary Agents

By Chuck Sambuchino<p>Literary agents are full of great advice for writers. That’s why, whenever I am concluding an interview with an agent, I always …

Mike R. Underwood: 25 Secrets Of Publishing, Revealed! (Or: Inside The Bookish Shatterdome)

<i>Mike Underwood is good people. He does stellar work inside the hissing cyber-word factory of Angry Robot Books, and he’s also a helluva wordmonkey</i> …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

The Writer's Guide to a Meaningful Reference Library - Kristen Lamb

Whether you are just now entertaining the idea of writing a book or have been writing for a while, all authors need certain tools if our goal is to …

Mantra For the Novelist

You are a novelist.<p>You’ve never told anyone, not in those words. They haven’t asked. Or maybe you have said it, out loud, and gotten strange looks in …

5 Opportunities to Increase Your Writing Productivity (Without Actually Writing)

In an ideal world, you’d have many more hours to dedicate to writing.<p>In reality, you carve out what meager “free time” you can, sacrificing things …

Creative Writing

Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists

<b>KIRA PEIKOFF</b> (kirapeikoff.com) is the author of the acclaimed thriller Living Proof (Tor Books). She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from New …

7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel

Writing the first line to your book is an incredibly daunting task. This is your first opportunity to hook readers in. I remember writing and …

62 of the Top Writing Articles from 2013 (That Can Help You in 2014)

Over the past year I posted articles on this blog that covered everything—from grammar to writing better characters to getting published and more. …

How to Make Your Book a Bestseller

An imagined guide to successful self-promotion<p>More and more often these days, authors are considered responsible for their own success—and those who were once responsible for promoting them now tout the glories of self-promotion. Or, as a cheery New York literary agent recently put it, “You, the …

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: A Challenge for 2014

In case you haven't noticed, it's that time of year again, when the air and the internets are thick with talk of resolutions. As I've grown older and withered under the weight of many a lengthy to do list, I've tried to simplify my resolutions, culling them down to just one or two. I'm not even …

Novel Construction 101

A new year, a new course! I’m excited to dig into what should be a meaty, essential year-long look at novel writing. In 2012, we spent the year …

Scientists find secret to writing a best-selling novel

Computer scientists have developed an algorithm which can predict with 84 per cent accuracy whether a book will be a commercial success - and the secret is to avoid cliches and excessive use of verbs<p>Scientists have developed an algorithm which can analyse a book and predict with 84 per cent …

Great Books

Creating A Professional Image As A Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer, one of the biggest challenges you face is setting yourself apart from everyone else. There are lots of amateurs out there who …

Inspiring Quotes for Writers

Writers write because they need to write – it’s an urge and it’s a calling that is bigger than them. While writing my novel, I have discovered things …

Zen And The Craft Of Writing

When I first started writing fiction I read a lot of books about how to write. How to write attention grabbing stories. How to engage emotionally …

The Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel

I was intrigued by an article in the British publication the <i>Telegraph</i> which seemed quite extraordinary. The piece was entitled, "Scientists Find Secret to Writing a Best-selling Novel."<p>For a writer, what could be more arresting than such a headline?<p>Among other things, the article said: "Computer …