Month: December 2014

Does This Scene Deserve a Place in Your Story? 2 Ways to Find Out

Guest post by K.M. Weiland “Cut this scene. It doesn’t move the plot.” That is my most frequent comment on manuscripts I edit for others. It causes most writers to groan. Not only am I telling you to cut your beloved scenes (perhaps even your favorite), but you’re left to figure out why these scenes are extraneous—and then either fix or replace them. Bill Buchanan emailed me: Could you tell…

How To Write a Query Letter That Grabs an Agent’s Attention

You’ve done the hard part. You’ve spent ages researching, writing, and rewriting until you finally feel is ready to share with the world. Not so fast. Your next step is one of the most important. Writing a query letter can determine whether a asks to see more or sends you a cordial form letter intended to let you down easy. It’s time to move from to salesman. You’re about to…