I am sure it is not surprising, but writing a synopsis is the hardest task for most of our authors. It’s rare to find anyone completely confident in their synopsis and cover letter – even if they think they have written the world’s best book! It’s hard. And we – the industry … [Read more...] about Writing a Synopsis
The Manuscript Agency was recently invited to post a guest blog for Self-Publishers' Showcase, a wonderful resource of information and support for authors choosing to self-publish. Finding the path to writing a ‘publishable’ piece of fiction is a balancing act: it … [Read more...] about More on… Manuscript Appraisals
Your road to becoming a published author will be filled with moments of pure excitement, but you’ll also experience moments of utter desperation. The best way to prepare for these ups and downs is to acknowledge the problems and find ways to avoid the most common … [Read more...] about Top 5 Mistakes Novice Authors Make
Publishers and agents are typically inundated with manuscript submissions from authors seeking publication. And as a result, ‘the authorities’ (as I shall hereby refer to them as) are looking for reasons to reject your book. The standouts are standouts, and speak for themselves. … [Read more...] about Word count by genre: How long should my book really be?
Names matter. Whether they are quirky and memorable, or simply a way of embodying the dullness of a character, it is important to get it right. Some authors like Ernest Hemingway, used simple names and didn’t feel that unusual or extraordinary names were the key to an … [Read more...] about Names matter: choosing the right name for your characters