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Recommended blog: Nerine Dorman on dealbreakers in the slush

Nerine Dorman is a professional editor who has spent a fair amount of time wading through slushpiles, so when she says filtering is a dealbreaker for her, I pay attention. I can’t reblog directly, so click the link above for

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That One Story by Vanessa Fogg

‘Every writer has That One Story,’ says Vanessa Fogg. Me too, I thought. The difference is that she’s brave enough to be honest about what happened next. I’d recommend her post to anyone who has ever felt a rejection as

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Lessons from the agents 3: Acceptance and beyond

An agent’s role is to sell a novel to a publisher. Expect to be edited by both the agent and the publisher. The first payment is an advance, followed by royalties if the advance is earned out. If it does

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Lessons from the agents 2: The submission package

The cover letter should introduce you and the novel in one page. The first three chapters really means about 50 pages, and that’s the main selling point. The synopsis should be one double line-spaced page. The agent will read the

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Lessons from the Agents 1: Don’t mess it up

Thirty writers met two agents and learned a great deal. A submission package consists of a cover letter, a synopsis and the first three chapters. A large number of people make basic errors with the cover letter. The agent is

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Article on submitting to literary magazines

Something for the short fiction writers among us: Lincoln Michel has written an article on submitting to literary magazines. They usually say less about the mechanics of what they want than  genre markets, so it’s worth paying attention to. He’s

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Recommended blog: Cat Hellisen on rejection

Following her earlier post on submitting stories, Cat Hellisen has followed up with a post on the usual outcome of submitting: rejection. It’s a rare author who gets published without collecting a lot of rejections on the way, so it’s

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Recommended blog: Cat Hellisen on submission

For anyone interested in getting short fiction into the science fiction, fantasy and horror markets, it’s worth a look at what Cat Hellisen has just said about it on her blog. I can’t reblog it so I’ll have to make

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Submissions: The mechanics

Submission has got a lot easier since most markets moved from hardcopy to electronic submissions. Their guidelines can be relied on to explain the process, but there are still a few points of mechanics worth being aware of. Formatting the

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Submissions: The Strategy

Planning, writing and improving a story is a labour of love. Getting it published is anything but. It takes time, and a story can expect to get a lot of rejections before someone takes it on. It’s an exercise in

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