Kat: Stealing Inspiration

Eight Ladies Writing

Choosing A Word For 2014 While going through some old McD files looking for inspiration for today’s post, I came across the “writing tips” I’ve listed below.  In a fit of self-delusion, I initially thought I’d compiled these tips from discussion posts (by Jenny C and/or my classmates) while attending McD. Just after I congratulated myself on my own cleverness for assembling such a valuable list, doubt began to seep in. I did a quick web search just to confirm that the list didn’t exist out there.

Two clicks later and boom. There they were. These tips was actually compiled after years at Pixar by the (truly brilliant) Emma Coats. They’re a great refresher and very relevant to the process I’m undertaking right now. I hope you find them useful, too. (In the interest of full disclosure, I swiped the graphic from another 8L, too).

The 22 Rules of Storytelling According to Pixar:

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Classifying Your Book: How to Research & Target Literary Agents

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Chuck Sambuchino

BookStack_photopinOnce your book is finished, it’s time to start submitting to agents. For this, a simple first step is to create a new Microsoft Word or Excel document so you can keep detailed track of your submissions, target agents, resource materials, and more. The document will help you personalize query letters, find more agents to contact, and know when to follow up on submissions.

Now it’s time to create your list of potential agents to query.

As you start compiling agent names and contact info, think in terms of casting a wide net. Scour databases and websites to put together the largest possible collection of reps to contact, then start winnowing down your list as you go along. Understand right off the bat that not every agent is for you. You’ll only be targeting a fraction of the active reps out there—seeking those who represent the specific…

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