Getting an Agent (Why, When, If & How)

What Makes a Bestseller?

Defining “High-Concept” Ideas and How to Generate Them by Sabine Berlin with Angela Eschler My dad used to tell me there are only seven original stories in the world; he maintained that everything else is just a copy of those stories. My dad was a smart guy, but I’m...

Breaking Out of Your Shell

Networking and Pitching to Agents (Even When You’re Scared to Death) by Sabine Berlin "In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi I have the world’s greatest critique group. Not only are the members super smart and talented, they are fun to be with. So...

Channeling Your Inner Voice

by Sabine Berlin (with Heidi Brockbank and Angela Eschler doing backup) Okay, I’ll admit it: I love NBC’s The Voice.  It might be because of the amazing talent that presents itself on stage each week. It might be because of Adam Levine. Either way, if it’s on, I find...
How to Write a Synopsis

How to Write a Synopsis

By Elana Johnson The word synopsis  brings almost any writer to his or her knees. What does the agent or editor want, exactly? A few simple tips can take the mystery—and the pain—out of writing a synopsis. It’s really hard to think of your creative work in a business...

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How to Write a Book Proposal

How to Write a Book Proposal

By Kate Willoughby You’ve written your book. You’ve sent it out to dozens of test readers. You’ve revised it what seems like a thousand times. For all intents and purposes, it’s finished. You’re ready to see your title splashed across the most popular websites and...

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Pitching to Agents

Pitching to Agents

by Elana Johnson As a pitch and query editor at Eschler Editing, I know that in-person pitching can inspire fear in the most stoic of individuals (even more than writing queries)! If pitching to an agent or editor gives you the heebie-jeebies, take comfort that you’re...

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Look Rejection in the Eye and Keep on Going

Look Rejection in the Eye and Keep on Going

by Sabine Berlin I gave him my heart, and he took and pinched it to death; and flung it back to me. —Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights  Magleby’s chocolate cake. Starbucks Italian cream sodas. Sailor Moon. What do these three things have in common? They are my rejection...

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Editor’s Nightstand: Recipes for Success

Editor’s Nightstand: Recipes for Success

“An anesthesiologist has to do only one thing well: Put the patient under without killing him. But she has to know about five hundred things to do it successfully. It is the same with the writer.” —Larry Brooks, Story Physics A writer only has to do a few things well...

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How to Find an Agent

How to Find an Agent

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are... By Sabine Berlin Last week we looked at why an agent is an important resource for the serious writer. Now let’s get down to the business of finding that agent. Great-Aunt Patsy may have a bridge partner who loves to read, but...

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Why You Need an Agent

Why You Need an Agent

By Sabine Berlin The End. Two of the most satisfying words an author can write. Unfortunately, they are a big lie. You may be done with the daunting task of writing and editing—which really is a colossal step, so go ahead and give yourself permission to indulge in...

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