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Friday, November 20, 2009

AgentInbox Writer-Agent Web Service

WEbook has started its AgentInbox web service to connect writers with agents. The basic process is:

  • A writer submits a query letter, synopsis and book chapters, as required by the agent.
  • AgentInbox editors verify that the submission formally meets the agent's requirements.
  • AgentInbox forwards the submission material to the agent (without comment on its quality), or returns it to the writer for formal correction.
  • If the work is forwarded to the agent, the writer and agent communicate directly, as if they'd connected conventionally.

AgentInbox is a beta service and is currently gratis. They have quite a few noted agents signed up and one landed writer/agent contract as of the time of posting. Some of the agencies represented by the thirty or so participating agents include Jill Grinberg Literary Management, Writers House, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates, the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency, and others.

Here are two articles that review AgentInbox:


Since I was unfamiliar with WEbook, it took me awhile to realized that WEbook's author community and AgentInbox were completely separate services. WEbook gives authors a place to review each others' manuscripts; completed/polished stories may be voted on and published by WEbook. Most commentators consider WEbook a form of self-publishing.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

How To Write a Novel

Nathan Bransford is a literary agent for Curtis Brown. His writing and publishing blog is widely acclaimed. He has an article by a guest on his blog, Victoria Mixon, an editor with an eclectic background in writing and editing. Her article is entitled, Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Novel, in 1000 Words. It's a flash non-fiction piece, so Flash Fiction Online readers will have perfectly tuned pacing to take full advantage of this excellent article.

She covers the Plot (including the opening hook and the five biggest mistakes made in plotting), Scenes (character, dialog, description, action), and Exposition.

She's young, though. She said nothing about turning on your computer. So you can thank for her for the good writing bits and FFO for saving you from pounding on your keyboard for hours wondering what's wrong.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beware Writer Beware, Again

A lawsuit against the operators of the Writer Beware website hosted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) has been dismissed by the judge in the case. The case was brought by a literary agent ALLEGEDLY noted by Writer Beware.

Writer Beware is a publishing industry watchdog group sponsored by Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) which "shines a light into the dark corners of the shadow-world of literary scams, schemes and pitfalls."

Web visitors should beware, though. The SFWA site was hacked and infected with a trojan. This has been ALLEGEDLY cleaned, but be especially cautious if you have an old or out-of-date browser. (Yes, even you MAC owners.)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Interview with Four Young Literary Agents

From PW, here is an interview with four young literary agents. An example from the five web pages of the interview:

What are you people looking for in a piece of fiction?

BARER: I like what Dan has on his Publishers Marketplace profile: the book that makes me miss my subway stop. I think everybody's looking for a book that you can't put down, that you lose yourself in so completely that you forget everything else that's going on in your life and you just want to stay up and you don't care if you're going to be tired in the morning. You just want to keep reading.

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