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Posts Tagged ‘Sara Megibow’

How a NaNoWriMo Writer Landed a Book Deal

National Novel Writing Month writer Jason M. Hough started a science fiction novel during NaNoWriMo in 2008. After a lot of work, he edited the manuscript, found an agent and published The Darwin Elevator with Del Rey last month.

During an Ask Me Anything interview on reddit,  Hough shared this invaluable advice for getting an agent:

I made a list of agents I thought seemed like a good match, and had Sara Megibow at the top of my list because she seemed like a good personality fit. She was still pretty “green” then, had energy in abundance, and did not exude sleaziness. So I sent out only one query, assuming she’d decline but perhaps I’d get some feedback. Instead she signed me, and that was that! Biggest thing with agents is to do your homework. It’s amazing how many queries they get, but even more amazing how many are dismissed instantly. Wrong genre, addressed to wrong person, spelling or grammar mistakes, etc. Honestly you’ll be ahead of 80% of queries if you just do an hour of research before sending one.

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Michael R. Underwood Lands Book Country’s Second Book Deal

Speculative fiction writer Michael R. Underwood has inked a book deal with Simon and Schuster Pocket Books this week, the second deal that began in Penguin’s Book Country writing community.

Nelson Literary agent Sara Megibow negotiated the two-book deal with Pocket Star editor Adam Wilson. You can read Underwood’s work at this Book Country link.

Underwood wrote about the experience on his blog: “Back at the end of January, Adam Wilson, of Pocket Books, sent me an email saying he’d read an excerpt of Geekomancy on Book Country and saw from my blog that I had a completed draft, so could he see it? At that point, I was reminded of Ghostbusters.  If someone asks if you’re a god, you say yes.  If an editor asks to see your manuscript, you say yes.  There may be actually reasons to say no to an editor, but I didn’t have any good ones.  I sent the manuscript along with a note that I was still in revisions and could send a more polished version later, if he preferred.  Adam said he’d read the as-is version, and in a little over a week, he wrote back and wanted to schedule a phone call.” (pictured, via)