What We Talk About When We Talk About An Offer of Representation

In light of the Danielle Smith/Lupine Grove Creative scandal last month, this seems like a good time to talk about questions that authors and illustrators can ask their prospective agent to make sure that the working relationship will be a good one. Every agent works and communicates with their clients in different ways, and it... Continue Reading →

The Importance Of Being Earnest (About Your Writing Goals)

When I first started working at Sheldon Fogelman Agency (so long ago that we only accepted printed manuscripts - SASEs were a must - and didn't take electronic anything), there was a running joke that January was always the worst month for our mail carrier. We would be overrun with submissions from authors eager to... Continue Reading →

Be Fruitful and Multiply

I just got back from a wonderful SCBWI-Illinois writing retreat/workshop near Lake Bloomington (I hadn't seen that much corn since Iowa!), and I've had multiplicity on my mind ever since (no, not that multiplicity). Over the course of multiple days and multiple workshops, I got asked multiple questions (sense a theme here?) about best practices... Continue Reading →

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