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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 Many Literary Agents Should You Query?

When querying literary agents, you need a killer query letter, manuscript or book proposal, and a strong stomach. But how many literary agents should you …

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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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Literary Agents

How Hard Is It to Get a Literary Agent?

Discussion is rife in writing communities over how hard it is to get a literary agent. Agents are widely regarded as your way in to …

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Your Submittable Status Explained

Do you obsessively login to Submittable, refreshing your active submissions tab? Does your heart skip a beat and your stomach fall out of your behind …

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Why Your Work is Getting Rejected by Literary Magazines

Listen: we’ve all been coldly rejected by literary magazines. You work for weeks, months, maybe even years, to get a story, essay, or poem just …

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How to Combat Writer Imposter Syndrome

My writer imposter syndrome story When my nephew was old enough to help pick out Christmas gifts, he chose for me a blue writer’s journal. …

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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.