I've been getting some great questions for a while now about different aspects of writing and publishing. I'm going to start compiling the most frequent questions into a separate easy to find tab on this site to answer any questions you may have in one handy spot. Hope it helps!
Congrats on your book! How can I buy it?
Thank you so much and I'm thrilled you're looking forward to Written In The Stars. It will be released on March 24, 2015 and this link has links to all the different places that you can pre-order from!
How did you get an agent?
I queried and was discovered through the so-called slush pile.
How should I go about getting an agent?
Querying [i.e. a letter pitching your work] is the general route. It's vital to be specific and narrow down which agents you reach out to by making sure they are a) accepting new clients and b) are looking for books in your genre. Querying without focus can be a burden on everyone's time including your own. Some helpful information on a query letter can be found here and a query tracking database that many find helpful is right here. I personally used Writer's Market as a starting point. For illustrators and picture book authors, this Writer's Market guide is more specific for that area.
Can you pass on my manuscript to your agent/publisher/contacts?
I'm sorry, but I can't. You are welcome to query Full Circle Literary if their site seems to be a good fit for you.
Can I tell your agent/agency that I know you or you recommended me?
Because I know my agent has a great eye and knows what she is looking for I have a policy of not recommending manuscripts to her.
Can I just contact a publisher directly without going through an agent?
While there a few publishing houses that don't require an agent to submit your manuscript for you, the majority do. A good idea if you want to query publishers directly is to check out their websites and their submission guidelines.
I haven't finished my novel but I have a great outline and pitch. Can I start querying agents?
For fiction and memoir you must have a fully completed manuscript before agents will take a look.
How can I find a writing/critique partner?
I wrote about this in some detail in this post, hope it's helpful!
I want to write a novel. Any tips?
The biggest piece of advice for writing I can give is to just do it. Just write. Work through the angst and the self-doubt and get that first draft on the screen. Often we are stifled by the fears of what will happen or what may never happen but we have to try or we'll never know.
I suggest two vital books that inspired me and gave me advice on writing:
On Writing by Stephen King
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
For websites on writing tips and advice I suggest:
Anne R. Allen
Story and Chai
What is the secret to happiness?
Koala bears, of course.
Check back as this section will be updated as needed!