Congratulations go out this week to Morgan Shamy, Chelle Bruhn, and Katherine Ernst for recently signing with their agents.
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In addition to looking for certain genres, agents and editors have favorite tropes they love to receive in their submission piles. Unsure what a trope is? Check out this post. In addition to an explanation as to what a trope is, there are links to dozens of different ones and examples from movies and books.
Stephen King shared his writing advice in this humorous video.
Jody Hedlund shared her scene-editing checklist. This should be used after your developmental edits (e.g. characterization, plot, and story structure).
Getting ready to query in the New Year? (Hint: this should not be the manuscript you finished during NaNoWriMo 2012). Here are examples of successful queries, from numerous genres, to help you make yours shine.
Penguin Group settled with the Department of Justice in the price-fixing lawsuit.
In honor of the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm stories, Galleycat has rounded up some stories you can download for free. If you are looking for story inspirations, this might the place for you.
If you’re interested in self publishing, you’ll want to check out this free online conference (February 12-14, 2013). It promises to be great.
From all of us at the Querytracker blog, we wish you and your family a happy holiday season.