Author: Austen Schreib

Making Space for Writing: 5 Questions for P.J. Hoover

“If your writing life feels like it’s not working out the way you want it to, don’t give up. Instead, take a step back and ask yourself what you can do differently. What change(s) can you make that can positively influence the future?” -P.J. Hoover

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Understanding a Great Proposal: 5 Questions for Cinelle Barnes

“Every day is a new ‘now.’ Our work as writers is incremental and cyclical and cumulative. Every time we sit down to write, it’s like improvisational work, which is not to say we pluck something out of nothing. It means we awaken and mingle many somethings, many nows, that we filed away in recesses of our brain some time ago and can now bring front-of-mind and to the page. There’s no magic door or finish line; there’s only these breakthroughs and the belief that a nurtured writing practice will bear fruit in its own time.” -Cinelle Barnes

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The Foundation of Fiction: 5 Questions for James Wade

“I’ve found the challenges of being a writer are permanent… and the best way to approach them is to run away. If it’s writer’s block for a certain scene, write a different scene in your manuscript… the pressure we put on ourselves as writers to “overcome” stuff is in direct opposition to the reality of the writing and publishing world. For me, it’s about finding the strength to write everyday despite not overcoming many of these obstacles.” -James Wade

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Meet the Agents: Julia Kardon (HG Literary)

“I work very closely with my clients, hoping for lifelong partnerships! Advocating for them and their careers is a privilege. I am usually pretty hands-on during the editorial stage.”  -Julia Kardon, HG Literary

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Adding Facts to Your Fiction: 5 Questions for Gordy Sauer

“You have to sit down and write. And you have to do it intentionally. Carve out some time, carve out a space, devote yourself to putting words down. It’s as simple as that. Inspiration follows action. Sometimes it’s the other way around, but most often it’s not. Don’t worry about how much you’re writing each day or whether it’s true to the project, particularly in the early days of a project. But do write, and write, and then write.” -Gordy Sauer

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Meet the Agents: Eloy Bleifuss Prados (Janklow & Nesbit Associates)

“I always advise writers—and try to remind myself—to avoid chasing trends. The journey from writing a book/proposal to submitting to editors to eventual publication takes years. Marketplace attitudes meanwhile are fickle. There’s no guarantee that what’s hot right now will be hot in three or more years. Better to work on projects that you can see yourself being excited about for a long stretch of time.”  -Eloy Bleifuss Prados, Janklow & Nesbit Associates

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Transitioning to a Full-time Author: 5 Questions for Laekan Zea Kemp

“Usually, any problems I may be having creatively or with the business side of writing are the result of me straying too far from my personal values as an artist and person. In those moments, I refer to a mantra from clinical psychologist Dr. Sandra Lewis and ask myself, “What does this have to do with what I came to the world to be?” Refocusing on what matters to me, on my purpose, usually grants me clarity in those areas where I’m struggling to make progress.” -Laekan Zea Kemp

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Meet the Agents: Alex Kane (WME)

“Establishing a strong editorial relationship with my clients is very important to me. A lot of writers will spend serious amounts of time working on a project without the benefit of a second pair of eyes. The fun part of this job is getting into the weeds with them, figuring out what the best version of their book might be, and working to execute that vision together.”  -Alex Kane, WME

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Meet the Agents: Danielle Bukowski (Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.)

“I strive for open communication and collaboration. I am editorially minded but my main focus is on strategy: connecting the writer with the best editor, shepherding the book through the publication process, aiding in any issues that arise and keeping in mind speaking and writing opportunities to further advance the writer’s career. I am here for the hard conversations and the author’s worries and concerns. And I’m here most excitedly when my authors get the attention and recognition they deserve!”  -Danielle Bukowski, Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

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Welcoming Fictionalization into Experience: 5 Questions for Nan Cuba

“Authors like Chekhov, Austen, Mansfield, Dickens, Faulkner never studied writing in an academic program. Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing quit school at the age of thirteen. These masters learned craft by analyzing the work of celebrated authors. My advice is to read widely like they did, and notice craft features: word choice, a sentence’s musical replication of a character’s action, the convincing accuracy of an idiosyncratic voice, the tension and pacing of a scene, the symbiotic nature of the story’s elements. When you love something you’ve read, figure out why.” -Nan Cuba

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