Marginalized Perspectives

Hey folks! This past weekend was New York City Pride, and that fact — in concert with a few queries I’ve received recently — inspired this blog post. I talk a lot on Twitter (at @dreamoforgonon) and in general about my interest in fiction,...

Between ‘The End’ and The Query

So, you just wrote ‘The End’ on your manuscript, you’re ready to send it out to agents right away, right? Yeah, maybe not quite yet. First things first, you need to do some editing. You may actually need to take some time away from your book before...

Simultaneous Submissions Demystified

In most cases, simultaneous submissions are OKĀ and should be encouraged. This is one of the most common questions I get, and even though you now have an answer, it bears clarification. You should only query agents who are specifically fit for your project, and many...

Summer Readin’ and Writin’

Summertime is right around the corner. Actually it’s been summer since last summer in California with our warm-sunny winter days and zero rain. But all you lovely folks who got hammered by polar vortexes or tornadoes or floods this year don’t want to hear...

Advice you can ignore!

I went to a lot of conferences last month and talked to a lot of writers. Unfortunately, some of them were going through some tough times on their road to publication–things hadn’t worked out the way they wanted. Invariably, when I asked them where things...