Tips to Promote Yourself as an Author, Before and After Publication

August 25, 2016 by MSWL Admin

by Carrie Pestritto, Literary Agent at Prospect Agency If you want to succeed as an author, you are probably going to have to promote yourself. This can be hard for introverted writers, but I’ve seen it again and again: my authors who perform the best are the ones who do a lot of work to promote themselves and their books. Of course different genres call for different amounts and types…

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#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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