Business Advice for Your Writing Career

There’s no such thing as an aspiring writer. If you write, you are a writer. But there is such a thing as an aspiring author: writers who are serious about getting published. Aspiring Author offers you business advice for your entire writing career, skyrocketing you from writer, to aspiring author, to published author.

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Literary Agents

How I Got My Literary Agent

If you want to get sucked down a literary interweb rabbit hole, I recommend googling “How I Got My Literary Agent.” Much like every writer’s …

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How Many Words Per Day for NaNoWriMo

It’s November, which means one thing for writers: National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. The goal for NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000-word novel from …

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Literary Agents

A Comprehensive List of Questions to Ask on the Literary Agent Call

A literary agent has read your manuscript. They love it. They want to set up “The Literary Agent Call”, which is the writing community’s version …

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What Does an Acquisitions Editor Do?

An acquisitions editor is a proactive role, where an editor will seek to “acquire” manuscripts for their publishing house, imprint, press, and occasionally even literary …

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Literary Agents

What Happens When a Literary Agent Requests Your Manuscript

You’ve queried your dream literary agents. You’ve waited an indeterminate period of time. You’ve obsessively been checking your emails and/or Query Tracker. And there it …

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Top 50 Alternative Literary Magazines to Submit To

If you’re a writer who’s interested in achieving lofty “literary” heights, then you’ve likely dreamed of your work appearing in The New Yorker, The Paris …

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Query Letters

What to Put in Your Query Letter Subject Line

There is a simple rule to perfecting your query letter subject line: follow the instructions set by every specific literary agent that you query. This …

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Query Letters

How Long Should Your Query Letter Be?

Much like creating a resume, there is a specific formula you should stick to when writing a query letter to win over literary agents. You …

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Natalie Harris-Spencer

I’m Natalie Harris-Spencer, English writer, editor, blogger, and debut novelist living in America. In my day job, I’m Director of Digital Marketing for a global digital advertising technology leader, with over a decade’s experience creating, project managing, and delivering world-class web content and global digital strategies. My passion is writing, with several published works under my belt, literary agent representation, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast. I established Aspiring Author to share my business acumen with fellow aspiring authors, and to offer practical advice for writers looking to skyrocket their careers and achieve tangible, published results.