Posts Tagged With: literary agents

8 Secrets to Pitching Your Novel Like a Pro

8 Secrets to Pitching Your Novel Like a ProWhen it comes to publishing a novel, the actual writing is only half the battle. In order to get the attention of a publisher, you have to know how to “sell” your book.

I think we can all agree that most writers are not natural-born sales professionals. So it’s easy to understand why the idea of sitting down across the desk from an editor and pitching your novel might make you break out in a cold sweat.

No worries. There are basically eight big pitfalls you have to avoid — all you have to do is navigate around them, and let your story shine through.

I’ve explained how to do it here, on Fiction University.

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Functional Nerds podcast: now featuring Yours Truly

Functional Nerds podcast Laurence MacNaughton _ It Happened One DoomsdaySF Signal will be missed.

But the science fiction/fantasy world has always been chock-full of innovation.

The vacuum left by SF Signal creates more room in the spotlight for fresh, entertaining podcasts like Functional Nerds.

Listen in for free as I chat with the ever-entertaining and informative John Anealio and Patrick Hester about:

Functional Nerds podcast

“Wait, wait, JJ Abrams said WHAT?!”

• Fantastic new movies (and possibly some bad ones) including 10 Cloverfield Lane…

• The free & easy mind-mapping software that you absolutely need right now…

• The new Neil Gaiman book you can’t miss…

• Why you need to check out Humble Bundles right now…

• A secret look behind the scenes in my new book…

And oh, so much more.
Check it out on Functional Nerds now. >

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Deepest secrets revealed on RMFW podcast

RMFW PodcastOK, so maybe not my “deepest secrets.” But this is possibly the most interesting interview I’ve ever done.

When the unstoppable Mark Stevens from Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers invited me onto the RMFW podcast, I had no idea he’d ask me such thought-provoking questions.

A few of the many, many things we talked about:

• the nuts and bolts of working with a literary agent (Kristin Nelson, in fact) and a team of New York editors

• what it’s like to get your book featured on the front table display at Barnes & Noble

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12 Bestselling Authors Taught Me This

The light bulb moment

The light bulb moment for me was meeting an African storyteller and learning the universal truth of story.

Over the years, I’ve interviewed dozens of bestselling authors — and they all had the same advice.

I’ll tell you what it is in this interview at the Littleton Writers Critique Group.

I’ll also reveal the surprising advice my literary agent gave me . . . the “old school” trick to stop procrastinating and get more done . . . and the secret to writing every day.

Plus, I’ll talk about the African storyteller who taught me the key to writing a good story.

And I’ll even share the hidden formula to every story ever told — no kidding.

Click here to read the interview on the Littleton Writers Critique Group website >

What was your “light bulb moment”? Leave a comment!

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How to Outline a Novel (Even If You Hate Outlines)

how to outline a novel

Outlining a novel is kind of like building a wall — one brick at a time. Flying monkeys optional.

Getting overwhelmed at the prospect of starting (or finishing) your novel? Feeling the pressure of hundreds of blank pages staring at you, waiting to be filled?

No sweat. Planning out a story is like building a wall:

You just do it one block at a time.

Just like a towering brick wall is made up of individual bricks, your manuscript is made up of individual parts.

You just have to break it down into small, easy-to-handle chunks, and then build it up from there. Here’s how.

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How to revise a novel until it’s perfect (or not)

By Laurence MacNaughton

Dear Laurence: I recently got a request for pages from an agent that I pitched to at a conference. At the same time, I had also submitted my query to a workshop, and that editor emailed me and requested pages, too. I didn’t realize I would get this kind of response, so I was caught unprepared. What do I do? Continue reading

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The Surprising Secret to Snappy Scenes

Got a scene in your novel where a group of characters argue and discuss, but no matter how important the subject is, somehow the tension falls flat?

You can fix this scene, and I’ll tell you the trick right up front: get rid of some of your characters. Why?  Continue reading

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This Saturday: Instant Plot – Plan Out Your Novel the Easy Way

Hate outlining? You’re not alone. Tomorrow (9/8/12), I’ll be teaching Instant Plot at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers conference. Here’s what’s in store:  Continue reading

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Don’t Kill Your Pitch: 5 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Story

Nervous about pitching your work to an editor or literary agent? Just avoid these five deal-breaking mistakes and you’ll put yourself well ahead of the competition.  Continue reading

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How to Keep Readers Turning Pages: 3 Things You Must Do

Q: I’ve got a basic plot planned out for my novel, but I’m worried about being repetitive, because the story is about doing the same thing several times (the main character has a list of people he needs to “off”). Do you know of any way to pull off a plot like that without boring the reader or becoming predictable?  Continue reading

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