How to Get Published, Part 5: How to Get an Agent

Welcome back to the How to Get Published Series. The subtitle of this post is "how to find and sign with a reputable agent," and yes, the emphasis should be on the word reputable. While reputable has ethical connotations (and this matters a lot too), what I really mean is "how to sign with an agent who will actually get your book sold rather than one who is taking a real crap shoot with your project and may end up doing more harm than good." ...more
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How to Get Published, Part 4: Why You Need a Literary Agent

Your fiction manuscript is complete or your non-fiction proposal is done. Now, you need to find an agent. I think it's really important to understand what an agent does and why you need one before we talk about how to get one, because the first bit of information will inform the second bit of information. ...more

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How to Get Published, Part 3: How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

To get an agent or sell a work of nonfiction, you usually write what is called a book proposal and sample chapters, which is what we're going to talk about today. ...more

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Book Release - Enemy Within by Karen Ager

Hi,Pre order my book, Enemy Within, on Amazon. It's all about resilience, strength, hope and relationships.Apart from the increase in copay from $20 to $50 I am good. Has this happened to anyone else? When you have a few monthly prescriptions to fill this soon adds up. :)...more

Creating and Procreating: Owning What Wants to be Born

I’ve been thinking about having another baby for four years now. Because I was the ripe old age of 36 when my daughter Siena was born, we started talking about it right away. In fact, my husband and I were so certain we were meant to have at least one more baby that I took my IUD out when Siena was eight months old and we were all ready to go at it again....more

Pass the Lamb and Gefilte Fish

Religious holidays bring back memories of family at their best and their worst, being together and sharing food with a dash of feud....more

Sex with Dead Husband? What?

A friend of mine recently asked me, "Do you ever have sex with Evan and imagine, just for a moment, that you're having sex with Erik instead?" Normal thing to wonder about a remarried widow, I suppose. Actually, I love that she asked me this.  But the answer is NO. Never have I imagined, in the heat of passion, that Evan was Erik. I did, however, imagine that other men I dated were Erik. Of course I wanted them to be Erik....more

In Like a Lion...Out Like a Lamb

Rites of spring at Yale Elementary School in Chicago in the ‘50s came with its own rituals. My fifth grade class was selected to decorate the student hallway bulletin board....more

Indie Publishing: Following in the Footsteps of Indie Films, Music

This week the Tools of Change for Publishing Conference took place with session topics ranging from "Evolving business models in publishing" to "What readers want." Among the keynoters was Ariana Huffington, who said, "We have entered the golden age of engagement. Publishing needs to combine best of old and new worlds."...more