Why do so many writers thank their agents first in the acknowledgements?
Because the agent is pretty much the most important person in a writer’s life.
Countless people work behind the scenes to bring each author’s budding vision for a story to its fruition, from friends and family to the publishing house’s distribution, but none is as essential as the agent.
Since the agent literally holds the dreams of the hopeful writer in their hands, finding the right one is imperative.
Now, you could either spend hours and hours hunting down the names of your favorite author’s agents and create tables ranking them based off their sales, or you can read through the list I’ve compiled after spending many days on Google and creating multiple charts based off my results.
A good book title can mean the difference between a bestseller and a lifeless shelf-dweller.
If you don’t believe me, look up First Hundred Million by editor E. Haldeman-Julius. He explains that changing just the book title can rocket a book from selling 6,000 copies a year to 50,000 copies a year.
“Books are people
What appears to be but simple pages,
Are pieces of what was once alive:
Yellow and wrinkled and ripped and crisp.
Pieces of love and hatred and strife.”
Why would anyone want to write a book?
The headaches, the long hours, the frustration, the tears, the sleepless nights, the overwhelming loom of failure, and for what? All because a writer is vain enough to believe that her story is good enough for the world to know?
The short answer: Yes.
The vast majority of character descriptions are simply lazy.
They recycle typical ideas about hair, eye color, and build, giving you more information about the character’s fitting for a dress or suit than the type of information you need to know them intimately.
The first thing you should do when describing a character is to pick a category that isn’t so overused. Such as trying to describe: