Six Tips For Writing Better Dialogue

Writing natural dialogue can often be one of the most difficult parts of writing a story.  Writers are drawn to lyrical language, unique words, and unusual sentence structure.  While these elements can create lovely description, unfortunately, they are not the most effective tools to create believable dialogue. Interested in learning six tips for writing better…

When Querying Hurts: Deciphering the Rejection

You’ve completed your novel, had it beta-read and polished it some more, and now you’re ready to send your baby out in to the world… it can be exciting, except for when it’s not. Right? Sending out queries can be kind of tortuous at times. First there’s the long wait for a response… and then there’s…

Building Your Author Platform

Contrary to popular belief, building your author platform is not the same thing as marketing. Rather, it is all about networking and creating a community of people who believe in the same things your book is saying. Whether you’re starting out as a writer, or have several published books under your belt, understanding the importance…

A Creative Writing MFA Is Not For Everyone

Considering a creative writing MFA? Most writers have at some point in their career. Holloway Literary agent and creative writing MFA, Michael Caligaris discusses the pros and cons. Interested? Keep reading!

Six Tips for World Building in Your Fantasy Novel

If you’re a writer of fantasy, you know that world building can make or break your story. Oh, it can be so much fun to create an entirely new world from scratch or just modify an existing world with elements from your imagination. YA fantasy author and Holloway Literary client Amber Mitchell is a pro…

What to Write When You Don’t Know What to Write

One of the biggest issues writers seem to face is writer’s block. Everything might be going great; words are just flowing through your fingertips and on to the screen (or paper, if that’s what you prefer), when suddenly your muse abandons you like the power in your house during a storm. What’s a writer to…

What Are Agents Really Looking for in Partials and Fulls?

Lots of writers ask why agents bother asking for a partial manuscript. After all, what can agents really find in those fifty pages? Wouldn’t it save a lot of time if agents just asked for the full? Short answer? No. Not at all. Aside from just saving a lot of time, agents are also looking…

Five Questions To Answer When Crafting Characters

Developed characters are a foundational element of a polished manuscript. So, how do you know if your characters are as developed on the page as they are in your head? Here are five of the things that I look for in developed characters. Read more.

How To Write A First Chapter A Literary Agent Wants To Read

Once your well-written query has piqued the interest of a literary agent, he or she will read your first chapter with interest. But wait, you only have a short window of opportunity to keep that interest. You have to make sure that first chapter sings! Do you know how to write the best possible first…

A Literary Agent Wants You To Revise And Resubmit… Now What?

Congratulations, you wrote a novel, found the best literary agent to represent your work and you’ve sent the query.  You finally receive a response… and it’s neither an offer to represent or a decline, it’s a… request for a revise and resubmit. Now what? Maybe you’re elated! Or maybe you’re just confused. Do you accept the…

Holloway Literary Agents Share Query Writing Tips

Ever wonder what literary agents are really looking for in a query? Holloway Literary agents Nikki Terpilowski and Rachel Burkot discuss what turns them on… and off in a query submission. Read more.

Five Questions To Ask Yourself When Writing A Query Letter

A query letter is your manuscripts introduction to a literary agent. Is it important? Uh… yeah! Are you prepared? Have you done your due diligence? Is your query the absolute best it can be? There are at least five questions you should ask yourself before you press that submit button.  Discover what they are now. Read…