Welcome Renée A. Price to the Fuse Family!

Our Fuse family is growing. I’ve signed a new client, Renée A. Price. You may not know her name, and you haven’t read any of her work (yet). What makes Renée memorable? I rejected her first query and manuscript for a YA Fantasy, but I enjoyed her writing...

Congratulations to the 2017 SFWC Contest Finalists!

I’m a fan of reputable writing contests because I see them as a milestone on a writer’s career path. Imagine what it must feel like to finally put your book idea on a page (or 350 pages) and then show that work to strangers. Frightening! Exhilarating! That...

My Top 10 Favorite Romance Tropes

One of the joys of being an agent is getting to read a bunch of romance novels. When I’m searching for clients, I come across a lot of intentional (and unintentional) tropes as plot devices. This is common in category romance, but tropes can be used for any...

Prep Now for 2017 Contests

December marks the beginning of the end of 2016. The year brought a mixed bag, but writers should look at these final weeks a different way: the prep-period before contests. Contests give you an opportunity to get a sample of your work in the hands of multiple judges...

When Your Friend is An Agent

Your best friend, good friend, church friend, neighbor’s cousin, brother-in-law… Someone in your social circle works as a literary agent. Here are some things to consider:   Don’t use personal social media to ask the agent if they’ve received...