Category Archives: Revising

Monday Advice from Editors and Agents: Motivate Your Characters’ Decisions

Today’s (one day late) advice comes from agent Peter Knapp of New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. Peter will be part of the faculty at the Pacific Coast Children’s Writers Novel Workshop and Retreat, September 23-25, 2016 in Santa Cruz, CA. (Note: there will … Continue reading

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Monday Advice from Agents and Editors: An Editor’s Take on Criticism

The Wakeup Call Many new authors, shiny new publishing contract in hand, think all the hard work is over. And then they get the first editorial letter. The one that’s a dozen pages long. The one that starts “I really … Continue reading

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