Saturday, March 28, 2020

Midwest Book Review of The Author's Checklist

I'm excited to share the Midwest Book Review of The Author's Checklist: An Agent's Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript. My review is housed under "The Writing/Publishing Shelf," so there may be other interesting writing books reviewed alongside of mine.

To go directly to "The Writing/Publishing Shelf," click here.

Otherwise, please enjoy the review of my book below:

Synopsis: The bad news for all aspiring writers seeking to get their work published -- even really good manuscripts have weak spots that are enough to garner rejections from agents and publishers. But the good news is that most of these problems are easy to fix once the writer sees and understands them.

After several years of evaluating manuscripts, literary agent Elizabeth Kracht noticed that many submissions had similar problems, so she began to make a list of the pitfalls. She has compiled those observations into "The Author's Checklist: An Agent's Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript" and offers her short, easy-to-implement bites of advice, illustrated by inspiring (and cautionary) real-world examples.

Most aspiring authors yearn for a friend in book publishing. "The Author's Checklist" is just that.

Critique: Expertly organized and presented, the information, observations, insights, and information comprising "The Author's Checklist: An Agent's Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript" will prove to be an invaluable and practical resource for the novice author and even the seasoned professional. An ideal addition to writer workshop supplemental studies lists, "The Author's Checklist" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing instructional reference collections.

Editorial Note: Elizabeth K. Kracht is a literary agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and a freelance editor. She often participates in writers' conferences nationally and internationally.

Marin Independent Journal Interviews Elizabeth Kracht


I had the opportunity to interview Colleen Bidwill of the Marin Independent Journal about the release of The Author's Checklist: An Agent's Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript

To read the full interview with Marin Independent Journal, click here
To learn more about the book, click here

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Give Your Manuscript 'Agent-Ready' Polish by Craig Allen Heath


Love this review of The Author's Checklist by Craig Allen Heath on Medium.com. 

In the review, Heath says, "Every writer who cares about craft has a selection of resources on their desk: Dictionary, Thesaurus, style guide, perhaps Margaret Atwood’s On Writers and Writing or Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. Elizabeth Kracht’s The Author’s Checklist belongs on that shelf, nestled cheek-by-jowl with past greats. It’s a working book, a fine tool to be used on each and every manuscript, to give it the shine it deserves just before we send it out into the unforgiving world of publishing."

To read the full review, click here
To read more about Craig Allen Heath, click here. 
To read more about The Author's Checklist, click here. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Author Christina Kaye Interviews Literary Agent Elizabeth Kracht


Really enjoyed this interview with the lovely Christina Kaye--editor
and author--at Top Shelf Editing. We talked about my new book
The Author's Checklist: An Agent's Guide to Developing and
Editing Your Manuscript and some of the things that garner
rejections from agents, such as slow pacing.

To listen to the interview, click here.

Criminal Element Reviews Felicity Carrol Series


Congratulations to my author Patricia Santos Marcantonio for the review of her Felicity Carrol Series in Criminal Element.

To read the review of Felicity Carrol and the Murderous Menace, click here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Elizabeth Kracht Interview on 'The Simplifier Podcast'


I had a great time interviewing with Mary Baird-Wilcock on The Simplifier Podcast. Mary's listeners are largely made up of entrepreneurs, so we spent some time talking about how writing a book might benefit someone's brand and the first steps to consider when writing a book. We also talked a little bit about my newly released The Author's Checklist: An Agent's Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript.

To watch or listen to my interview on The Simplifier Podcast, click here.
To purchase The Author's Checklist from an independent bookstore, click here.
To purchase my book from Amazon, click here.

Elizabeth Kracht on "Authors On The Air"


Take a listen to my interview with the amazing Pam Stack! We had a great time talking about book editing. To listen to my interview with "Authors on the Air," click here.

Friday, January 31, 2020

NaNoWriMo Webcast February 6, 2020





I'm looking forward to partnering with NaNoWriMo next week to offer a webcast for authors on how to develop and edit their manuscripts.

Set your calendar for what should be a lively and informative event.

For more info, click here.