Some people say you either have it or you don’t. It’s elusive and intangible, but when it’s there you love it and when it isn’t, it can break a book. Writer’s voice is one of the hardest things to identify and equally one of the hardest things to, once you have identified it, translate to… Read More 7 Effective Ways to Develop Your Writer’s Voice
One of the number one problems we see from writers is a plot that drags at crucial moments and doesn’t move forward in any particular direction. When you face this problem, you are lacking forward momentum in your writing. Rescuing a plot that lacks forward momentum and drags is a self-editing skill that, once mastered,… Read More 6 Essential Self-Editing Techniques That Will Pack Your Plot With Pace
“It just didn’t grab me,” will sound very familiar to anyone who has had a rejection from a literary agent. It is a bit of a stock phrase, but within it lies a great deal of truth. Your manuscript should grab and engage from the very beginning right through to the end and those opening… Read More 6 Steps To Making Your Opening Chapters Irresistible
It sounds pretty ‘101’, but you would be surprised how many people think they can submit in a different way to that stated by the literary because of x, y or z. The number one rule on how to prepare your submission package for sending to a literary agent is ‘don’t ignore the submission guidelines’.… Read More How to Prepare Your Submission Package for Sending to a Literary Agent
We tend to give a great deal of guidance on how to submit your manuscript to a literary agent. It is a question we are asked frequently and one that can involve quite a complicated answer. Submission guidelines vary between agencies, but there are a few things that remain the same throughout the industry. In… Read More How Do I Submit My Book to a Literary Agent?
Starting a novel with a prologue can be very risky, so make sure you really know how to write a prologue and whether you should in fact be including one at all (take a look at our article on 5 simple signs that you shouldn’t be using a prologue at all here). The opening of… Read More How to Write a Prologue for My Novel