#MSWL and Taking Risks    

August 16, 2016 by MSWL Admin

by Colleen Halverson “Have fun,” my husband called after me. “And don’t drink too much!” I snorted and grabbed my keys on the counter before stumbling out the door. A wave of heat blasted in my face, the temperature unseasonably warm for late September in Wisconsin. A line of perspiration beaded on my forehead, and as I walked to my car, I cursed the black cardigan I had donned in…

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Crafting the Perfect Nonfiction Elevator Pitch

August 9, 2016 by MSWL Admin

by Leila Campoli, Literary Agent, Stonesong Literary Whether you’re shopping around a personal memoir or a prescriptive guide, having the perfect pitch for your book is the most essential tool you have in crafting a wow-worthy proposal. This seems obvious and easy, right? Not always. Pinning down pitch and positioning can prove very difficult for most authors—particularly if they are working on their first book. As a nonfiction literary agent,…

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Magical Realism, Part II

July 28, 2016 by MSWL Admin

by Roseanne Wells, Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency In last week’s post, we talked about the history of magical realism. The components of this slightly nebulous genre can seem  daunting and intangible, which makes it hard to determine if your book actually fits in this style. These are elements that I have noticed in my reading, and it’s what I look for as an agent who wants…

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