Saturday, 26 June 2010


Further to the items on markets for writers and the need for literary agents, the following few lines constitute the entireity of Chapter 9: Selling Your Stories in Dwight Swain's book Techniques of the Selling Writer:

A story is merchandise that goes hunting for a buyer.
This is going to be the shortest chapter on record.
To sell stories, do three things:
  1. Study your markets.
  2. Get manuscripts in the mail.
  3. Keep them there.
And that's all there is to it.


What about agents?
An agent is a business manager for writers.
If you have a business to manage - one that makes a solid, consistent profit - an agent can be invaluable to you. If you haven't, why should he waste his time?
One agent, Paul R. Reynolds, has written a book called The Writer and His Markets. It covers the waterfront.
Read it.


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