I'm throwing back today, reposting from Dec. 8 of 2014... and the novel I'm talking about is The Female of the Species. The complete re-haul that I ended up doing resulted in this becoming my bestselling title, seeing publication 15 years after I had initially written it. I'm sharing this now because it's a story … Continue reading Mining The #BadFirstNovel & Acknowledging My Failure
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vB-2s1-uLo Regular readers know that it took me ten years to find an agent, and another six months after signing with her to land a book deal. During that time, every New Year's Eve I'd stare down into my drink and resolve that this year I was going to get published. That is not a good resolution. … Continue reading 10 Writer’s Resolutions for 2019 & 10 Things NOT To Do
In September I'll be welcoming Jennifer Laughran, a senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency to the podcast. Special agent and editor featured episodes are available by supporting the podcast through Patreon for as little as $5 a month. Listen to the teaser below for a taste of our conversation, including such topics as what … Continue reading Announcing Literary Agent Guest For September… Jennifer Laughran!
This month on the Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire Patreon I'm welcoming agent Eric Smith and former editor Anica Mrose Rissi for exclusive behind-the-publishing-world editions of the podcast. Eric Smith of PS Literary joined me to talk about what he loves - and hates - in queries, what genres he's looking for, what he's not, … Continue reading An Agent Tells You What He Loves (and Hates) In Query Letters, Plus An Editor on What “Revise & Resubmit” Really Means
I was recently interviewed by Diane Callahan for her series Writer to Writer. Learn about my decade-long query trenches slog, how I write from such a dark place, hitting deadlines, and finding motivation. And, if you'd like to learn about my NINE cats and thoughts on the writing process, check out this interview on Paws4Thought … Continue reading I’m Interviewed About 10 Years of Querying Before Finding Success
Today's guest for the SAT (Successful Author Talk) is J. Anderson Coats, author of The Wicked and the Just, one of Kirkus’s Best Teen Books of 2012. It also won the 2013 Washington State Book Award for Young Adults. Her newest book is R Is for Rebel (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2018), a middle-grade novel about … Continue reading 3 Tips For Surviving The Query Process From J. Anderson Coats
Today's guest for the SHIT (Submission Hell, It's True) is Kelly Coon, author of GRAVEMAIDENS, which recounts the tale of a 16-year-old healer's apprentice who must save a dying Sumerian king or her little sister will be buried alive to serve him in the Netherworld.Kelly Coon is the mom to three little boys and a rescue … Continue reading Kelly Coon On Being Rejected 106 Times… Followed By A "Yes."
Today's guest for the SHIT (Submission Hell, It's True) is A.M. Rose, author of ROAD TO EUGENICA who is going to take it from here!So this time we’re doing things a little different. I’m not a literary agent, but I’ve been an intern with an agency for over the past year and have gotten an … Continue reading An Agency Intern Shares Common Query Mistakes
If there's one thing that many aspiring writers have few clues about, it's the submission process. There are good reasons for that; authors aren't exactly encouraged to talk in detail about our own submission experiences, and - just like agent hunting - everyone's story is different. I managed to cobble together a few non-specific questions … Continue reading Kaitlyn Sage Patterson On Dealing With Submission Anxiety
If there's one thing that many aspiring writers have few clues about, it's the submission process. There are good reasons for that; authors aren't exactly encouraged to talk in detail about our own submission experiences, and - just like agent hunting - everyone's story is different. I managed to cobble together a few non-specific questions … Continue reading Author Sara Crawford On Subjective Feedback