How does an agent judge your work from a short sample?

 

Feedback from clients has shown me that it isn’t widely understood why or how a professional reader would make suppositions about a full MS, without having read it in its entirety. 

 

The reason that agents ask for a synopsis plus…

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Immersion Technique versus World Building

 

World-building is great fun for us writers, but if we put too much of it on the page, it can get a little bit heavy for readers. Readers want to connect with a vibrant story set in the world a…

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Genre

 

 

 

This article supports ‘Voice & Style’ month for the international Ultimate Novel Writing Course, Jericho Writers. 

 

Genre is a terrific tool for labelling fiction. It’s vital to publishers’ marketing strategies, and it also helps us writers understand what to deliver…

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Love, Death and Magic

 

 

 

Three places where the prose slows down: love, death, and magic.

 

Editorial is often about paring things back. It might mean removing unnecessary words, sentences or even paragraphs which seem to slow a story down. It could mean reducing dialogue…

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Writing Sex in fiction: a Complete Guide

When a Jericho Writers blog on 'writing sex' arrived in my inbox this morning, I just knew I had to share. It's written by Jacqueline Silvester, and it answers all those questions aspiring debut authors might feel awkward about asking. 

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How long should a debut novel ideally be? 

 

 

The feedback I’ve had recently from literary agents is that they prefer debut novels to be no longer than 80-90,000 words in length. This is because agents know from experience that long debut novels often contain too many characters, too…

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Point of View 

Which POV?

 

Point of view (POV) refers to the angle from which a story is told. To follow are some useful tips and resources for choosing which POV would be best for your novel or short story. 

I - first…

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Film & TV: the influence of visual fiction on novel writing 

Visual fiction and written fiction share many things, including compelling characters, a developed plot with a clear quest and conclusion, and genre conventions (crime thriller, romance, historical or science fiction, for example). Anybody familiar with visual fiction might instinctively use…

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