The waiting game: How to survive querying or submission
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The waiting game: How to survive querying or submission

Querying agents and being on submission to publishers are two of the most stressful things a writer can do – so how do you survive this waiting game? Well, it isn’t easy. Querying and submission are akin to the circles of hell for writers, because…

Should I hire a freelance editor before submitting to agents or publishers?
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Should I hire a freelance editor before submitting to agents or publishers?

This question comes up fairly frequently on social media and in writing groups: should you hire a freelance editor before submitting to agents or publishers? Is it necessary? In self-publishing, you tend to have to do everything yourself, including finding your own editor. But traditional…

How to format your manuscript (with free template)
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How to format your manuscript (with free template)

Whether you’re submitting to agents or working with a freelance editor, you’ll want to make sure your manuscript looks professional. An agent is more likely to read your work if you present a polished, professional manuscript to industry standards. One of the easiest ways to…

Submitting to literary agents: 10 tips
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Submitting to literary agents: 10 tips

I’ve often helped writers get their query letters and submission material into shape before they send their work off to agents. I’m also frequently asked for advice on the process of submitting to literary agents more generally. It’s something that’s shrouded in mystery, and sometimes…