Who chooses the illustrator for picture books?

Sometimes in my agent submissions, I’ll see query letters that state that the author doesn’t have an illustrator for their book. This is okay. In fact, it’s expected! If an author is not an author-illustrator shopping a book dummy, then the...

How To Set Up A Blog Tour For Your Book

Earlier, I received the following question from Fynn: I have been doing my own marketing on whatever level I can and have self-published an LGBT fairytale. It is a coming of age story about two knights that grow up together and slowly figure out that they are quite...

How quickly does an agent’s wishlist change?

A few weeks ago, I received a reader question asking about my wish list at BookEnds. Christine asked: I have a story that I believe, according to your interests on the article, you would be interested in, especially if you like [underdogs, strong female characters...

When Your Surprise Ending Is Not A Surprise

Recently, I received feedback from one of my beta readers about a YA short story of mine, and they pointed out that I had set the reader up for a surprise ending but hadn’t delivered. And of course, they’re right. In this draft, the narrator tells the...

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