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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Savvy Authors - Pitch Your Book To Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary

Visit: Savvy Authors - Pitch Your Book To Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary

Trying to catch the eye of an editor? Well, now's your chance! Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary will be reading pitches today.

SUBMISSIONS REQUESTED: Jill is interested in all types of women's fiction, commercial fiction, mystery, thriller, cozy, and suspense, all types of romance, including contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, and category romance and urban fantasy/sci-fi. She also would like to see non-fiction projects, including business, history, current events, relationships/advice, parenting, self-help, health, science, and narrative non-fiction.

Members will have an opportunity to post their 3-line pitch or a short blurb as a comment to this post. Results will be posted within two weeks. Check back to see if you've scored a request!

Who can enter?Contest is open to all registered members of Savvy Authors. Not a member? JOIN TODAY! Basic membership is FREE! All entries must be from registered members. Entries posted anonymously (by non-members) will be removed. If anyone has any questions, please contact Riley Darkes.

The rules are simple:
1.Post your 3-line pitch or a short blurb in the comments section of this article after logging into the website, include at the top the Title, Genre, Sub-genre & Word Count.
2.Make sure your manuscript falls within the genres listed above!
3.Only post if your manuscript is ready now!
4.Check back to see who our Editor/Agent picked! Results posted within two weeks. (Minimum of one, no maximum!)
5.Limit two pitches per member.
6.Be sure to include your name, title, genre and word count of your manuscript.
Please note, all pitches that do not follow the directions chance being removed without notice. This includes posting more than two pitches and pitches that are longer than requested.

Jill Marsal is a partner at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She has been in the publishing industry almost 15 years, previously working as a Literary Agent with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and at Dorchester Publishing, editing women's fiction, romance, and suspense/thrillers.

On the fiction front, Jill looks for all types of romance (contemporary, romantic suspense, historical, and category), women's fiction and family stories, cozy mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. She is also looking for general commercial fiction and welcomes a dramatic storyline and compelling characters in interesting situations or relationships. On the non-fiction side, Jill's areas of interest include business, current events, health, self-help/advice, relationships, psychology, humor, how-to, parenting, and narrative non-fiction.

Jill enjoys working with both new and experienced authors. For more information visit the agency web site at

The Marsal Lyon Literary Agency is dedicated to helping authors successfully place their work. Our members have many years of experience in the publishing industry and possess a diverse and unique skill set. We have worked with many bestselling and award-winning authors, as well as first-time authors, and look forward to continuing to bring exceptional projects to the market.Categories: News & Events,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Blog, New Topics, New Me.

I have been working endlessly on several books and recently decided that besides the group blog that I have been a part of for the past three years, Our Pages Aren't Numbered , I need my own agenda…my own brand. In other words, I need something separate from the group thing.
Therefore, this is my attempt to do that.
With that said, my goal is to post useful publishing information  for newbie writers like me, beginning with my favorite sites. These have been the most useful links I have come across in my writing career. Enjoy.

The Most Helpful Links and Websites for Writers
Query Tracker


Query Tracker is a free website where you can sort through agents for your genre and it keeps up with your queries and submissions. The QT forum was most beneficial. You are able to post your query letter, synopsis, and first five pages for critiquing.

Publisher's Marketplace


Welcome to biggest and best dedicated marketplace for publishing professionals to find critical information and unique databases, find each other, and to do business better electronically. A service of Publishers Lunch, the most widely read daily dossier in publishing and known as "publishing's essential daily read," Publishers Marketplace really works in part because it is driven by the attention of over 40,000 publishing professionals who read Lunch every day.

Everything that Publishers Marketplace has to offer—including the longer daily Publishers Lunch Deluxe newsletter—is available to registered members for a simple monthly fee of $20.00. Membership is month-to-month, so you never have a long-term commitment.Register here.



WriteOnCon is a free website where tons of literary agents and authors congregate and give out great information including writers conferences and contests. You are able to posty our query letter, synopsis, and first five pages for critiquing. Also, every August there is an annual WriteOnCon online convention for writers. It is a great opportunity to chat with agents and to get your query letter critiqued.

Kentucky Writers Conference


This Writers Conference is usually held in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Western Kentucky University's South Campus. It was the first writers conference where I attended. It had dozens of crafty workshops involving query letters, pitches, and information about the literary industry. Not to mention, there are hundred of authors who congregate for book signings. So this is your chance to network and did I mention that this event is FREE?

Blogs to Follow

Chuck Sambuchino's Guide to Literary Agents


Chuck has one of the best blogs out there for prospect authors. Follow his facebook and twitter pages and it will keep you linked with some of the best agents in the industry.

Literary Rambles


This has one-on-one agent interviews with some of the best agents in the industry. It tells you exactly what each agent is looking for in a new client and novel. FOLLOW the blog. This is vital to your success!