5 Ways to Bridge the Creativity Gap

As writers, we get excited about new story ideas. We have spreadsheets, computer files aptly named 'Idea Catcher', a plethora of notebooks filled with ideas, colour-coded text, scribbles and sticky notes. We fight the urge to start drafting right away. Sometimes we cave and pound out a few paragraphs before holding off to commit to... Continue Reading →

Getting back on track in August

Looks like my poor little blog is falling by the wayside... I'm now at the seventy percent mark of my middle grade novel. Honestly I'd predicted that I would be revising a completed draft by now but here we are. Still writing... After agonizing over my opening pages for such a long time, I'm still... Continue Reading →

Jim suggests questions to ask a prospective agent!

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I had a chance to lead a class at the SDSU Writers Conference this past weekend on the five questions to ask an agent before signing with them. To be fair, I forgot what the title of the class was while I was outlining, and I ended up with this list of 20+. Regardless, the agent/client relationship is a close one, and (ideally) it will be the most consistent one in your publishing career. So you want to make sure that you’re entering the partnership with your eyes wide open, gathering as much information as you can to find out what the working relationship will be like. Even if you only have one offer of representation and know you’ll sign with that agent no matter what, ask some questions—get to know the ins and outs of how this whole shebang will work. Here are the questions I proposed, along with…

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