#DearLaura

#DearLaura   When you receive multiple offers from agents, how do you choose?   Sincerely, Too Stressed To Be Excited   Dear Too Stressed To Be Excited, What a good problem to have! Firstly, congratulations on attracting the interest of not one, but multiple agents. This is a very important relationship you’re embarking on and it pays to be choosey. There are a few things I would do right away if you haven’t already: Check their recent sales and existing clients at Publisher’s Marketplace. Stalk them on social media. Ask for a… Read More

How (Not) to Get Past Impostor Syndrome

I used to think I’d feel like a real writer the first time I finished a book. For a long time, I could never stick with a project past the 30k mark, so getting all the way to the end of a novel-sized project would make me a writer, right? But when I had my finished and revised book in my hand, I still didn’t feel like a writer. This time, I was sure being unagented was the issue. Having an agent would mean someone believed enough in my work to tie… Read More

When Success Doesn’t Look Like Your Writing Dream

When Success Doesn’t Look Like Your Writing Dream by Kimberly Mitchell/@KSMitch17 2014 was a tough year for me as a writer. I had a manuscript I had a lot of confidence in and delivered it to my agent early in the year. She loved it and immediately sent it out. I felt like I was walking around with my fingers crossed for months, waiting for an offer. And waiting. And waiting. And then rejections and more waiting. Writers know we’ll encounter rejection. We know it’s all part of the process of honing… Read More