Secret Agenting

April 20th, 2009

In addition to going through a bunch of my own queries for Queryday last week, I also made a secret guest appearance on Miss Snark’s First Victim as her monthly Secret Agent. Authoress, aka the aforementioned first victim of Miss Snark, opened submissions early in the week and posted 50 first pages — about 250 […]

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You Are Not Joss Whedon

April 8th, 2009

Fellow literary agent (and fellow geek) Colleen Lindsay of FinePrint Literary Management had a fascinating post up the other day on What Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse can teach novelists about hooking readers.I’m just going to paraphrase here, so do check out the whole thing, and then come back. Back? Ok, so what Colleen is saying is […]

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Ask Daphne! What do I do with my prologue?

September 1st, 2008

Just the very tip of a shoe for Samantha, who asks, “If you have a prologue, should you include it in the first three or five pages you send to an agent?”

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Why 3 Pages?

May 6th, 2008

On my submissions page, I recommend that writers querying me include the first1 three pages of their manuscript along with their letter. Why these three pages? Mostly because I recognize that the art of writing a good, strong query letter isn’t the same as the art of writing a novel. (What to say or not say in a query letter is a WHOLE other topic to be tackled on another day.)

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