AgentPete

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On today's Pop-Ups Submissions…
  • The Romantic Soloist - Literary Historical Fiction With Romantic Elements by James Lennon;
  • John Lennon: Spirit in the Sky - Spiritual Non-Fiction by Alaina Feather;
  • Zin - The Time Vortex Incident - Science Fiction by Peter Driscoll;
  • The Fading Evergreen - Young Adult by David Lynch;
  • The Raven Wing of Night - Middle Grade - Fantastical Medieval Adventure by Brian Slattery.

Featuring Special Guests Emma Robinson and Andy Dickenson!

As a Litopian, you're invited to join everyone in the Genius Room (formerly known as the Chat Room!) every Sunday at 4:45pm UK / 11:45am EST for a great time!

PLEASE USE THE LIVE VOTE DURING THE SHOW!​

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AgentPete

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The scariest part was the bit where I had to write about myself. I'm actually quite thick-skinned about taking crits of my writing, though writing about myself gives me The Fear.
Here’s some guidance. It’s obvious from many of the bios we see that authors often feel the same way, and don’t have a clue what to say about themselves. You don’t have much space/time for this, either on Pop-Ups or indeed in a query letter. So just cover these three topics, preferably as succinctly as you can…

1) Say something about yourself that makes us like you. Yes... I know... so much of the advice you see elsewhere either doesn’t mention this, or would consider it an irrelevance. Well, they’re wrong. The fact is that people buy people first. Say something that positions you as another likeable human being… and we’re already predisposed to like what you’re selling (in this case, your manuscript).

2) Show us that you’re serious about your writing / committed to being successful. Do I need to elaborate?

3) Throw us something that makes us remember you. This doesn’t have to be writing related, but it may be. “Norman Mailer spilt a Mai Tai on my dress once at Trader Vic’s”. It’s trivial, but it’s a talking point.
 
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