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How Do Your Stories Grow? Kimberly Willis Holt’s Writing Process
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How Do Your Stories Grow? Kimberly Willis Holt’s Writing Process

by Terri Barnes

Children’s author Kimberly Willis Holt cultivates her writing process as carefully as she cultivates the garden in her Texas backyard. She’s now working on her twentieth book, and for each one she follows a specific process of brainstorming, plotting, and rewriting. The National Book Award winner shares her creative methods and disciplines and the writers who inspired them. […]

Writing Contests Help Writers, Agents, Editors Find One Another
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Writing Contests Help Writers, Agents, Editors Find One Another

by Staff

Writers looking for agents or editors to champion their books, and agents and editors searching for new talent all successfully use writing contests as a key strategy in discoverability. “Discoverability is so tough these days,” says Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier young adult literary agents. Writing contests are a good strategy to gain exposure in a highly competitive space. Here’s why Serendipity Literary Agency’s 8th Annual YA Discovery Contest, as well as other reputable writing competitions, are worth the time and effort. […]

Pitch Conferences: Shaping Writers for Publication
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Pitch Conferences: Shaping Writers for Publication

by Meagan Frank

Pitching story ideas to literary agents can happen in a tweet, a face-to-face conversation, or a three-paragraph email. The exercise of condensing 80-100,000 words of a manuscript down to a hundred characters, a few minutes of explanation, or a well-crafted query letter can challenge writers. In order to hone pitching skills, writers attend pitch conferences geared toward equipping them to better navigate the road toward representation. Perfecting the pitch is worthwhile but writers gain the most when they maintain perspective about the journey toward publication. […]