MIDDLE GRADE MONTH: What is “Middle Grade?”

Lately in the querybox I have gotten a lot of submissions labeled “MG/YA”. This makes me angry because I love both YA and MG but you cannot do this.  When querying an agent, an author must pick one primary genre. You might say “It’s Middle...

2018 Publishing Predictions by Laurie McLean

My crystal ball is telling me that not a lot in the publishing industry is going to change from 2017 to 2018. I think publishing was mesmerized by Washington politics in 2017 and were slow to make any forward progress of any sort. Not a lot of new ideas. No new...

The Final SFWF/EveryLibrary Benefit Auction Is Now Live

Our first annual charity auction series has been a tremendous success. We’ve received a generous outpouring of donations from literary agents, acquisitions editors, award-winning authors, and other top publishing professionals, and most of them have been claimed by...

Nonfiction Writers Conference coming in November

The Fall Nonfiction Writers Conference, featuring the theme “Marketing Mastery for Authors,” happens November 9th & 10th, 2017. This event is completely virtual; attendees participate via phone or Skype. Speakers for NFWC FallCon 2017 include: Jim Horan – Opening...

Conferences–What Are They Good For?

I’ve just had the good fortune to go to two conferences in a two-week period, and get to see clients at both of them. This in itself makes me inordinately happy. It’s not at all unusual for an agent and his/her client to never meet in person. So to get to...

Interview with client Lauren Allbright about her DIY book tour!

Lauren Allbright’s debut middle grade novel was published by Aladdin/Simon & Schuster in June. Recently, she embarked on her own DIY book tour called the “Just Show Up” book tour (#justshowupbooktour). Today we’re talking to Lauren about...