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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author Adrienne Schwartz

firstwriter.com – Saturday August 27, 2005

Adrienne Schwartz recently acquired an agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked her about her writing, and how she found success.

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The dos and don’ts of obtaining a screenwriting agent

By Amy B. Taylor
Owner, Cedar Grove Agency Entertainment

firstwriter.com – Sunday July 31, 2005

Every year record numbers of screenwriters send out queries with hopes of obtaining representation, or even better, having their script optioned or sold. Unfortunately, many would-be successful screenwriters never make it past the receptionist's desk.

Contrary to popular belief, this particular agent's heart is not as black as her coffee. As a literary agent and judge for many competitions, I continually see four basic mistakes become major pitfalls to up and coming writers: format; structure; over-writing; and querying. So, I thought I'd offer some guidance on these fundamentals.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author James R. Larson

firstwriter.com – Thursday June 30, 2005

James R. Larson recently acquired an agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How to get top-selling agents' attention

By Jill Nagle
Founder and Principal: GetPublished, guerilla guidance for your writing adventure

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 26, 2005

Many authors nearly jump out of their shirts when they get an offer of representation from an agent. However, not just any agent has the right contacts to get the kind of money your work may be able to command. A top-selling agent with a recent track record of selling work like yours for the kind of money you want is your best bet, yet so many authors shy away from approaching top agents, thinking those agents would never pay attention to someone of their stature.

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For beginners: ten ways to prepare to get published

By Jill Nagle
Founder and Principal: GetPublished, guerilla guidance for your writing adventure

firstwriter.com – Thursday May 26, 2005

Like any field, excellent writing requires study, practice and mentorship. Very few successful authors ever published their first draft of their first work. Nearly all had to expend considerable effort to improve their craft. Here are some ways to prepare for that moment of publication. These tips also help keep you on your toes after publication for better and better writing results as your career develops.

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Bulletproof book proposals: three solutions you can implement right now

By Jill Nagle
Founder and Principal: GetPublished, guerilla guidance for your writing adventure

firstwriter.com – Sunday April 24, 2005

As a nonfiction author, you can breathe a sigh of relief. You don’t have to write your whole book. In fact, you shouldn’t write your whole book. You should write a book proposal, and get paid to write your book. That’s how the mainstream publishing world usually works. 

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How I got a literary agent

firstwriter.com – Saturday March 26, 2005

Jeffrey Bishop recently placed his book with the Running Water Literary Agency, which he found using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author David C. Burton

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 30, 2005

David C. Burton recently acquired an agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agencies. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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What's in a name? Giving birth to your characters

By Celise Downs

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 30, 2005

So you've got your plot outlined, a title lined up, and the research is done. You're ready to start writing your novel. But wait. Now comes the fun part: creating names for your characters. One of the best things about being a writer – besides the innate ability to create imaginary worlds – is giving birth to a character and then bestowing a name upon him or her. True, you didn't carry the character in your womb for nine months (especially if you're male). But he or she could've been in your head for nine months – or nine years. So choosing a name for your character seems almost as important as the one you would give your own child.

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Presenting your poetry

By J. Paul Dyson
Managing Editor, firstwriter.com

firstwriter.com – Monday December 27, 2004

As an editor of a literary magazine you see all sorts in the submission pile: from annoying little errors like "to" instead of "too" or "your" instead of "you're" (and no, that's not being picky – being able to write is a fairly basic requirement of being a writer), to the classic faux pas of submitting material entirely in capitals (in case you don't know, standard practice in the publishing industry is to reject anything entirely in capitals without even reading it). Recently, however, I've noticed a new aberration creeping into the poetry submissions – and it seems to be coming out of the new "phone text" language…

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