Thoughts on Pitching My Novel to a Literary Agent

Years ago, on a now defunct blog of mine, I discussed the notion of pitching a novel to an agent or editor.

Specifically, on February 26, 2006, I wrote the following:

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Characters’ Physical Descriptions in Fiction: An Argument in Favour

I’m often of two minds about things when it comes to writing.

Case in point: in my previous post, I argued that physical descriptions of characters of the sort that itemize their hair colour, eye colour, height, and hair style are largely irrelevant to the plot and point of most stories.

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Characters’ Physical Descriptions in Fiction: An Argument in Opposition

Last year, while having parts of my medieval WIP critiqued by a CP, I received an unexpected bit of feedback.

It had to do with the physical description of a certain character.  Specifically, the fact that, in her mind, I hadn’t provided a physical description at all.

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Thoughts on Reading Through the Rest of My Novel

It was a tweet I could have written myself:

(At least the first part of the tweet; it’s pretty hard to create a duology out of a story that’s already been envisioned as a trilogy!)

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What Worked for Me: A Round-up of Recommendations for Getting the Most Out of a Writers’ Conference

If I didn’t go now, I’d have to wait until 2021.

It was this—the inherent uncertainty of any long gap of time—that convinced me to go to the recent writers’ conference of the Historical Novel Society’s North American chapter, held June 20-23 in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Writers’ conferences are expensive, even more so with the exchange from Canadian dollars for those held in the United States.  Still, as a writer of historical fiction, I felt it was important for me to go.

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On Researching to Write Historical Fiction

When it comes to writing historical fiction, your plot, however entertaining, will only take you so far.

You also have to present a well-constructed setting that captures the culture, customs, details, and ethos of the historical period in question.  In this way, histfic genre conventions have as much in common with an honours-level history class as with any other genre of fiction.

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