Beautiful Shades of Brown

When you’re sitting alone with a piece of paper or a computer screen, writing can seem like a solitary business. But while the act of writing is solitary, the business part of our profession is not. A beautiful book has many parents, the skills of an editor, art designer, illustrator, author, marketers, publisher and more entwining their talents to birth a new soul into the world. And what I was slow to realize but now see so clearly is that the writing journey itself also is a group effort. As I consider my new book, Beautiful Shades of Brown, the Art of Laura Wheeler Waring, I think of how it could have easily been another manuscript stored on my computer, a dream that I might never have

Literay Agent Interview & Giveaway with Mary Cummings

We are thrilled to be hosting literary agent Mary Cummings of Betsy Amster Lit on our blog this month. Scroll down for Mary's interview and your chance to win a "skip the slush pile" query pass. -- Hi, Mary! Thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about how you got into agenting and your favorite part about being an agent? For many years I was education director at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. In addition to heading up programs of classes for adults and kids, I was in charge of the annual McKnight Award in Children’s Literature, choosing judges from top editors in the field. I also curated an annual festival of children’s literature, with presenters including editors, agents,

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