There are a few different sections of writing info below:

Agent blogs, editing tips & #PitMad tips

Agent Blogs:

If you have a favorite agent blog but don’t see it here, please let me know in the comments.

I chose agent blogs that are updated regularly and have been active in the past 6 months at least. Also, this list focuses on blogs that offer information not only on their own agencies but information that is helpful to all writers.

Feel free to copy and paste this list for your own reference and happy writing to you!

Carly Watters at P.S Literary Agency: Carly Watters
Chip MacGreagor at MacGregor Literacy: Chip MacGregor

Clelia Gore at MLM Agency: Clelia Gore

Darley Anderson and Agents at Darley Anderson: The Darley Anderson Blog

Dawn Fredrick and Agents at Red Sofa Literary: Red Sofa Literary

Greg Daniel at Daniel Literary Group: SlushPile Hell
Heather Alexander and Agents at Pippin Properties: Pippin Properties

Jane Dystel and Agents at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management: Dystel & Goderich

Janet Reid at Fine Print Literary Management: Janet Reid

Jennifer Laughran at Andrea Brown Literary: Jennifer Represents

Jenny Bent and Agents at The Bent Agency: Bent On Books

Jessica Faust at BookEnds Literary Agency: BookEnds Literary Agency

Kate Testerman at KT Literary: KT Literary

Kristin Nelson at Nelson Literary Agency: Pub Rants

Laurie McLean and Agents at Fuse Literary: Fuse Literary

Laurie McLean at Fuse Literary: Agent Savant

Lori Perkins at L. Perkins Agency: Agent In the Middle

Linda Epstein at Jennifer DiChiara Literary Agency: Blabbermouth Blog

Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency: Lucienne Diver’s Drivel

Maria Vicente at P.S. Literary Agency: Maria Vicente

Marissa Corvisiero at Corvisiero Literary Agency: Thoughts From A Literary Agent

Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency: Adventures In Agentland

Rachelle Gardener at Books and SuchLiterary Management: Books & Such

Saba Sulaiman at Talcott Notch: Saba Sulaiman

Scott Eagan at Greyhaus Literary Agency: Babbles From Scott Eagan

Scott Treimel at Scott Treimel NY: Scott Treimel NY

Steve Laube at The Steve Laube Agency: Steve Laube Agency

Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary: Confessions


Editing Tips:

As I’ve worked my way through the first round of revisions with my editor, Ashley Gephart, at Cedar Fort Publishing, I’ve gained a deeper understanding about editing that I’m excited to share about today!

Even though I had traded my Middle Grade adventure manuscript, TREASURE AT LURE LAKE, with dozens of critique partners previously (whom I adore and am forever grateful to), I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of edits from Ashley. I’ll call them thematic revisions.

While she suggested smaller changes such as wording or expounding on internal thoughts and motivation etc… the thematic revisions she suggested have taken me to a whole new level as a writer. I liken these thematic revisions to a piece of thread that needs to be pulled all the way through a tapestry, winding and weaving it from the beginning to the end of the story so that the thread is a meaningful part of the whole.

For example, halfway through my manuscript, a small scene about the mother of the boys in my story prompted my editor to make a note that I could develop her more by enhancing her tendency to be overprotective throughout. This might seem like a simple suggestion, but it was one that forced me to go back to the beginning of my manuscript to see where I could weave this thread in. Adding it throughout not only strengthened her character, but made the climax more powerful, a result that I hadn’t anticipated but was thrilled when I saw it happen.

Another thread had to do with the treasure map that Bryce finds in the very first scene of the book. The map needed to have more significance—a stronger hook—that would draw the reader through the story. Adding this layer made my book more compelling.

When you’re revising your own manuscript, look for characters, themes or maybe even an object, character trait or even something in the setting that you can wind through your story in significant ways to add more colorful threads and strengthen your book. Often, one hook to a story is not enough. Ideally the setting is compelling, and at least your main character, and a unique problem, etc… but the more hooks or threads you add, the more irresistible your book will be.

I’ve also heard it said that you don’t know what your book is about until you’ve gotten to the end of it. When you do, take a look at the themes you’ve ended with. And after letting it rest for a few months, go back to the beginning to weave those threads in whether it is through foreshadowing, characterization, deepening internalization or other techniques.

I hope these ideas offer you some guidance and help as you go through your revisions!


#PitMad Tips:

KNOW YOUR HOOK! What is the one thing in your book that makes people’s eyebrows raise when they hear it? THAT is probably your hook! Use it in your #PitMad tweets.

Entering #PitMad on Twitter is a great way to get out of the slush pile. Here are a couple of formating ideas that can help you on your way to creating various pitches.
1. When MC does/doesn’t do Y then Z happens.
2. At [place (if your setting is a hook)], MC must do Y or Z will happen.
3. MC must choose between X and Y or Z will happen.
4. Use comps if they’re short. Mine were HATCHET + IF I STAY (then I added the rest of my pitch)
5. Sometimes your title is a hook! Work that into your pitch. (If it’s not, think of a new one.)
Check out Brenda Drake’s blog for deets.
Here are a few #PitMad resources I’ve used to hone my pitches.

**Diana Urban’s spreadsheet (scroll down her page a little ways to find the link) and pitch workshop.

**Carissa Taylor’s Twitter Pitch Logline Generator

**Agent Carly Waters’ #Pitmad advice

** I also used Tweet Deck to schedule my pitches. I was able to spend time retweeting pitches I liked.

There are many more sites with #PitMad advice or workshops etc… These were just the ones I have used and learned a lot from! Good luck!!