You’ve gone back and forth for months creating the perfect book proposal — making sure every argument you’ve made is unassailable, that every indent, line break, and page break is perfectly positioned, and that every t is crossed and i dotted. Or perhaps you’ve been toiling away on a novel…


Receiving criticism is always difficult, in any area of our lives. As writers, we’re often so close to the subject matter that criticism can strike us at our core, even if the feedback is insightful and well-intentioned.

What about when that feedback comes from an agent, the gatekeeper to sending…


Dear Writers,

If you’ve heard horror stories from friends, colleagues, or even strangers on the internet about traditional publishing being a punishing experience, you’re not alone. Many writers raise these concerns with us.

We’ve put together some responses to 5 common false statements and the most disheartening misconceptions I hear:


Many of the authors we’ve connected with lately have been wondering what it takes to get paid for speaking, and what the market is like right now. Do you need a book? An agent? Or something else to launch your speaking career? …


What are book editors looking for? It’s a recurring question we receive as literary agents.

The answer will differ across genres. But there are several common factors an editor at a publishing house is assessing when deciding whether to take a chance on your work.

If we were to enter…


It’s a brand new year and while it looks, on the surface, a bit like the last, for many of us there’s a glimmer of hope. 2020 turned out to be a surprisingly good year for books. …


If you’re reading this article, chances are that you have a story worth telling. But as world events have publishers cutting budgets and turning away submissions more aggressively than ever before — is now your moment for a book?

As a literary agent who turns down the majority of books…


A crowdfunding model for authors of all kinds

There’s a whole lot of noise about crowdfunding out there, and in recent years, it’s permeated the publishing industry–happily so, since there are more writers wanting to publish than ever before and fewer agents and publishers willing to take the financial risk. …


Lindsay Roth & Joan Rivers

A guest post from Lindsay Roth

“Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” -Wicked

The summer I turned sixteen, I decided that I was officially an adult. And adults didn’t go to summer camp and they certainly didn’t frolic aimlessly with their friends in the yellow heat. They worked. So I set my…


If you've been told to think only about yourself, you may want to think again.
By Lucy Halpern

It hit me four years into my career—at that point, a sequence of entry-level to associate-level jobs—as I was filing papers for my boss on a Friday evening. The office lights had already gone out, and I was the only person left. I’d had too much work during the week…

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