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How Do You Find a Literary Agent?

Finding a literary agent is a research project that’s best conducted by you. So, while some ways to find an agent might include: stalking them on social media, soliciting referrals from other writers who have agents themselves, and throwing darts

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Do You Need a Literary Agent?

A common question for all new writers – and the answer, almost always, is yes, you need a literary agent. Why Do You Need an Agent? With the rise of ebooks and self- and indie-publishing, many writers are asking WHY

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Literary Agents: What Are They?

In the past, I’ve talked a lot about how to write and rewrite a fiction novel manuscript. But unless you’re doing it just for the LOLz, you probably have aspirations of someday being published. Now, you might decide that self-publishing

Posted in The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Has Anybody Here Seen Mike?

Hi everyone. Yes, I’m still breathing. You can’t get rid of me that easily. But I can understand if you’ve been missing me. I’ve been a little scarce lately. No, I wasn’t in the back of a limo, and I

Posted in Announcements, Author Event, Commitment, Fiction, The Wedding of Eithne, Writing Life

13 Week Rewrite: The Round-Up

You’re done with your rewrite! Now what? Congratulations!! You’ve completed the rewrite of your book! That’s no small feat and you should be proud of yourself. Take a moment and celebrate! Ok good. Now, time to get back to work.

Posted in Process, The Business of Writing, Writing craft, Writing Life

Guest author: Michael Dellert – What is the Title of My Book?

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
I was recently asked where the title for my new book, The Wedding of Eithne, came from, and what it meant to me. I only had about 100 words to answer that…

Posted in Writing Life

Seven Maxims of Storytelling, Part Two

Last week, I shared the first four of my seven maxims of storytelling, advice I take with me into my rewriting projects. Today, I share the remaining three. But before we dig in, let’s review the relationship between your heroine

Posted in Discipline, Editing, Process, Writing craft, Writing Life

Seven Maxims of Storytelling, Part One

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!” — Ray Bradbury Plight: The Source of Your Story At the heart of every story lies a plight. Notice that it’s not a question. Your protagonist has a plight.

Posted in Discipline, Editing, Process, Writing craft, Writing Life

NaNoWriMo: Thanksgiving Update – How Do I Write My Ending?

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. — Henry David Thoreau I’ll be honest, 2016 has been a mixed bag. On the one hand, we’ve lost so many cultural icons, from David Bowie to

Posted in Character, Commitment, Creativity, Story Structure, Writing craft, Writing Life

NaNoWriMo: Day Seventeen Update – Story Isn’t Linear

NaNoWriMo 2016: Life is nothing if not unpredictable. Ugh… Ok. Life threw me a curve ball. So much for outlines. So much for schedules and daily word counts. For the last ten years, I’ve been the proud companion to a

Posted in Commitment, Discipline, Story Structure, Writing craft, Writing Life

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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