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Friday, February 5, 2010

Publishing Pulse 2/5/10


Agent News
  • Caren Johnson with the Caren Johnson Literary Agency will be closed to queries until April 1st. Elana Roth, who is also with CJLA, will still be accepting queries.
  • Mark McVeigh with the McVeigh Agency is inviting anyone who queried him prior to November 1st to re-query, as he was buried in submissions and may not have had a chance to respond.
  • QueryTracker.net lists over 1000 reputable agents. So make it your first stop for all your querying needs!

On the Net

  • I'd like to challenge you all to support debut authors. (Hopefully we'll all be one someday, right?) The Story Siren is hosting the 2010 Debut Author Challenge for MG and YA books. It's a fun and easy activity to add to your own blog, plus a great networking opportunity.
  • Agent Kristin Nelson had some interesting thoughts about Why Prologues Often Don't Work.
  • Want to know the Top Ten Query Mistakes? Rachelle Gardner spills all!


Events are a fantastic way to meet publishers, agents, authors, and fellow writers. No matter what stage of the publishing journey you may be in, there is always more to be learned. I've made a lifelong goal to attend conferences. Here are a few of the biggies:


  • The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) with prize of a published novel ends February 7th. So hurry if you plan to enter this one!
  • The Pacific Northwest Writers Association is having their annual contest with cash prizes for winners. All entrants receive two critiques; there is a fee to enter. Deadline February 19th.
  • Writers of the Future is accepting entries of up to 17,000 words of sci-fi, fantasy, or dark fantasy. No fee required.
  • Again, use Google to find local contests.

Guide to Literary Agents Blog

Chuck Sambuchino, the author who's the wizard behind the GLA blog, gets two thumbs up for his fantastic articles. Thanks for all you do for writers, Chuck! Here are some of my favorite recent posts:

Have a happy weekend!

Suzette Saxton writes books for tots, teens, and in-betweens. She is represented by Suzie Townsend of FinePrint Literary.


Elana Johnson said...

Awesome pulse!! Great job, Suz. :)

Stina said...

That was good! See you, Suzette and Elana, in LA. :D Warning! The conference is highly addictive.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the links. I'd love to attend the SCBWI conference in California -- I've attended smaller ones but feel a little intimidated by the big one so we'll see. Happy Friday! :)

Suzette Saxton said...

Hope to see you both there!

cleemckenzie said...

Great links to some interesting sites. Much appreciated.

Jeff King said...

I love the site, thx for all the effort you put into it... the info is worth its weight in gold; well... if you printed if off that is.


Susan M. Botich said...

Thanks, Suzette, for all this great info!

Jemi Fraser said...

Thanks for the links!!

Brooklyn Ann said...

Awesome info as always! QT is the best!

Amanda Gaume said...

Thanks for the great info, as always!

Suzette Saxton said...

Thanks guys, your comments mean so much!