Teen Writers' Magazine

I can't thank movellas enough for the opportunities and inspiration I've had since joining the site! In 2014 I managed to win a place in an amazing writing Masterclass (and private interview) with the bestselling author of the 'Uglies' series- Scott Westerfeld- when he came to London on a 2-day tour... a massive, massive thank you to movellas for that truly inspirational experience <3 We asked him as many of your questions as we could, so now I'm excited to reveal all the advice we managed to squeeze from what was genuinely one of the most exciting days of my life. This magazine also contains a bunch of other things to do with writing, reading and movellas. Ever wanted access to all of Movellas an secrets, top tips and guidance in one place? I hope this helps :D *I'd also like to give a big thanks to my wonderfully supportive and friendly movellians that have helped with this: HeartTaunter, Raven711, Writer_Girl, Jade.P and so many more! :)


20. How To Attract Agents

Augustus:Emperor of Rome: When you're finding agents, what's the thing that you have to do that will attract agents to come to you? Nowadays I've been reading a lot of writing magazines where finding agents is getting particularly harder. What would your response be to that?

Scott's answer: I mean write a good book, obviously, and write a book that's not like all the other books, and that's not completely incomprehensible to others. From the moment, the first sentence you should know whose head you're in. You know that person and you're in that person's head, that's what makes people wanna keep reading. That's what makes people interested in this book. The other thing is write a good query letter, if you look at those sites that look at query letters, just follow the rules and don't try to be weird. If every single word in your query letter is spelled right, punctuation is good and it’s written well, that means you're better than 90% of the letters out there, because there's people who don't know how to write, how to construct a sentence, where to put commas and all.  You know as an agent, if the commas are wrong in the query letter, it's not worth their time to go through 400 pages if you don't know how to write. If you're not good at mechanics basically.

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