Special Post: Ask an agent ANYthing and Harper is open to unagented submissions!

A couple of amazing things I had to share with my fellow writing friends…

If you’ve ever wanted an opportunity to ask a literary agent ANY question regarding publishing – now’s your chance! My agent (Barbara Poelle) is doing a monthly column for Writers Digest where she’ll be answering questions from YOU.

No writing/publishing question is off limits. (Unless you’re especially pervy. Then shame on you, Pervy McPervy Pants.)

If you’re uncomfortable with using your real name, Sleepless in Seattle’s are welcome. Or, you know…the more writerly version of that.

If you have something you’d like answered honestly, with good humor and spot on industry info, then direct your questions to:

writersdigest [at] fwmedia [dot] com with “Funny You Should Ask” in the subject line.

I can vouch 1,000% for how awesome Barbara is.

Here’s part of the announcement from Writers Digest itself:

Have you ever wished you could get advice on your writing life, your pursuit of publication, and everything in between, from an expert source would tell it to you straight, with good humor and grace?

So have we! That’s why we’re excited to announce WD’s new advice column, “Funny You Should Ask,” in which popular literary agent Barbara Poelle—known for her knack for spotting debut talent at Irene Goodman Literary Agency as well as for her approachable, refreshingly honest and sometimes irreverent style of instructing writers—will begin tackling your toughest problems and offering up her best advice for writers in the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine.

For the full article and extra details CLICK HERE.

On to the second bit of writerly awesome! Harper Voyager is going to be open to unagented submissions for the first time in a decade!!! The window to submit your work is only going to be from October 1st-14th.

(That’s starting THIS Monday, kids.)

For submission guidelines check out the link HERE.

 

Lastly, I finally joined tumblr last week. And guys, I’m kinda addicted. If you’re there and want to hang out and share things or ask me questions about writing, or publishing, or kittens, or of I’m team X,Y or Z…here’s where you can find me: http://kerrimaniscalco.tumblr.com/

 

Show and Tell Friday: Show V. Tell

“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.
Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window.”
— William Faulkner

Show and Tell Friday: Show V. Tell and all that writing Hell made easy.

Chances are if you’re a writer you’ve heard the phrase ‘show don’t tell’ more times than you can count. If you’re anything like me, you probably want to bash your head against a solid surface. (Disclaimer, please don’t go around bashing your head. Your writing will not benefit from this. Keep writing. You’ll get it.)

Showing is probably the hardest thing to grasp…

…And just when you think you’ve finally got the concept down, a whole new Hell opens up. That’s right The Mid-Ground. That horrible little Purgatory where you’re half showing and half telling. Let me just say, there’s no place worse than Purgatory. Really. Being stuck in between is all kinds of ick.

But, luckily there are agents out there like the fabulous Mary Kole of Andrea Brown Lit. who offer up advice. Mighty fine advice too, might I add. So I’m going to share her post with you in case you missed it. It’s definitely worth looking at.

If you want the low down on showing click on the link HERE to be redirected to Mary’s blog. Go on and click it. Your writing and characters will thank you.

Happy Friday! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. See you back here on Monday. XO