Category Archives: Agents

What not to do when your book is rejected by an agent…

Pam van Hylckama Vlieg who blogs as Bookalicious thought her car was being hijacked when a random stranger tapped on her window and attacked her. The police traced it back to a disgruntled author she had rejected*. See full story here. For information on … Continue reading

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Is that a door opening or are you just pleased to see me?

Back in March 2011, Angry Robot Books, a UK-based publisher that generally only accepts agented submissions, held their first Open Submission Month, an experiment to see whether there were any unrepresented gems floating around the submitosphere that might be of … Continue reading

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How to handle contracts …

Unless you have a background in dealing with contracts, they can be  pretty daunting for writers. When my contract came through for my first trilogy it was 75 pages long, (25 pages for each book). Gaah. I was swamped. Luckily … Continue reading

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That dreaded Query Letter and Synopsis

We all have to write them, and I don’t know many authors who enjoy doing it. The query letter isn’t so bad, for me it is the synopsis that I dread. How do you write a synopsis for a 100,000 … Continue reading

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How writers can create their own luck

Professor Richard Wiseman (no I did not make up his name) is a psychologist who writes about luck, deception, the paranormal, humour and the science of self help. I came across the principles behind his book The Luck Factor several … Continue reading

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The Holy Grail … Movie/TV Series options on Books

Who hasn’t been watching Alan Ball’s brilliant adaption of the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris? It must be such thrill for a writer to see their characters and story realised in an excellent TV series. Kudos to Alan Ball … Continue reading

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What will you do when you get the call?

They say writers serve a 10 year apprenticeship to learn the craft. I know I’d written 10 books before I sold my first one. In Tansy’s interview she said the one thing she would tell herself if she could go … Continue reading

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Off to World Con and ROR

Before I jump in to talk about World Con, Trent, Kylie Chan, Louise Cusack, and the authors of the Johnny Marsh books were at Logan North Library today doing a talk and we had a couple of queries which I … Continue reading

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