Getting an Agent (Why, When, If & How)

What Makes a Bestseller?

Defining “High-Concept” Ideas and How to Generate Them by Sabine Berlin with Angela Eschler My dad used to tell me there are only seven original stories in the world; he maintained that everything else is just a copy of those stories. My dad was a smart guy, but I’m not sure exactly how accurate that…

Breaking Out of Your Shell

Networking and Pitching to Agents (Even When You’re Scared to Death) by Sabine Berlin “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi I have the world’s greatest critique group. Not only are the members super smart and talented, they are fun to be with. So why is it that every Thursday night…

Channeling Your Inner Voice

by Sabine Berlin (with Heidi Brockbank and Angela Eschler doing backup) Okay, I’ll admit it: I love NBC’s The Voice.  It might be because of the amazing talent that presents itself on stage each week. It might be because of Adam Levine. Either way, if it’s on, I find myself dropping everything and listening. I…

How to Write a Synopsis

By Elana Johnson The word synopsis  brings almost any writer to his or her knees. What does the agent or editor want, exactly? A few simple tips can take the mystery—and the pain—out of writing a synopsis. It’s really hard to think of your creative work in a business sense—but that’s all a synopsis is.…

How to Write a Book Proposal

By Kate Willoughby You’ve written your book. You’ve sent it out to dozens of test readers. You’ve revised it what seems like a thousand times. For all intents and purposes, it’s finished. You’re ready to see your title splashed across the most popular websites and your book stacked on store shelves. So now what? It’s…