Tips for Debut Writers

It’s only Wednesday, and already I’ve seen several great resources for debut writers linked on Twitter.

10 Common Querying Mistakes from agent Maria Vicente

5 Secrets to Publishing Your Debut Novel from agent Carly Watters

Here’s a link to finding sensitivity readers if you’re writing apart from your own experience.

Also in publishing news, Dan Brown is abridging The Da Vinci Code for young adult readers. YA authors and readers are rightly peeved. Newsflash: YA novels are not dumbed-down or shortened versions of adult stories. What makes YA a YA? You’ll find out in lesson 2 if you take the Cadet Course!

Agent Carly Watters’s #1 secret in her 5 Secrets (above) is to network with other writers, and I’ve got two opportunities in the next few weeks to do just that:

1—pg70pit is coming up in July!

These are last year’s stats:

  • 79 MG entries
  • 236 YA
  • 198 Adult
  • 14 winners from each category
  • 42 total winners
  • 60 agent requests

Entry dates are July 1 for MG manuscripts, July 2 for YA, and July 3 for Adult (18+).

2—Cadet Course in pitching and publishing starts in 3 weeks!

Check out the StoryCadet blog for more details about each of the lessons and how you and your friends can save $50 off the price of enrollment.

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