Tag Archives: agents

Basic Querying – Ten Tips

I realized, as a result of some of the comments made to this blog (and as a regular contributor to various threads in Absolute Write Water Cooler) that a lot of aspiring authors don’t actually know why they need an agent, how … Continue reading

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Queries and Rhetorical Questions

Sometime ago on the Internet, someone trying to be helpful posted a draft query letter. The opening was a rhetorical question. And not surprisingly, thousands of aspiring authors (including me) parroted that advice, deluging agents with opening lines that asked … Continue reading

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Good news!

The Beggar’s Opera has just been picked up by a Dutch publisher, in advance of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and there has been an offer received from a German publisher as well. My agent is pleased: it gives us momentum … Continue reading

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The Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair starts October 5. It runs for five days. I don’t mind telling you that I’m nervous. If The Beggar’s Opera finds a home, it will likely be during the negotiations that take place during this massive … Continue reading

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Gahhh – emails!

I think I’ve finally deciphered what my agent meant in his request for revisions of The King’s Indian when he said it lacked a lot of the heart of the first book, The Beggar’s Opera (see previous post). In fact, … Continue reading

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It’s all about character

When I was first writing The Beggar’s Opera, I came up with characters who I thought were very real. A Canadian policeman, Mike Ellis, claiming to be framed for a crime he didn’t commit. A Cuban detective, Inspector Ramirez, dealing with … Continue reading

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The Self-Addressed Envelope (SASE) in Submissions

 “A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation for the editor.” Ring Lardner The agents who still insist … Continue reading

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The Debut Dagger

Some of you have asked — what the heck is this Debut Dagger Award all about? The Crime Writers Association (UK) holds this competition annually, with submissions beginning October 31 and ending February 6.  They get submissions from around the world: … Continue reading

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