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Articles and blog posts by Editorial Department staff on finding a literary agent, getting published, being published, and the traditional publishing marketplace in general.

The Truth about First Novels and Traditional Publication What authors need to know

by Renni Browne

What you might hear:

  • “Acquisitions editors at major publishing houses don’t want to read first-novel submissions.”
  • “Literary agents don’t want to take on unknown writers anymore.”
  • “Publishers only want novelists who have a strong platform or a great track record of book sales.”
  • “If by a miracle you get a first novel published, it’ll sell 500 copies to your friends and relatives.”
  • “There’s no place for first novels in today’s bottom-line-oriented publishing scene.”

Would it surprise you to learn […]

By | 2018-05-16T21:08:01+00:00 |Getting Published, RDB, Traditional Publishing, Trends|Comments Off on The Truth about First Novels and Traditional Publication What authors need to know

Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile Keep your book out of the reject pile by avoiding these five common mistakes

Oh, the dreaded reject pile.

Often we like to imagine the (probably imaginary) good old days when editors searched for traces of gold in the rough ore of a first draft and worked with the writer to refine it. Recently, an editor at a major publisher offered a less romantic glimpse of the process. With dozens of submissions to read and all the nonliterary pressures of the job, most editors and even agents read a manuscript […]

By | 2018-08-21T16:25:53+00:00 |Getting Published, PG, The Writer’s Craft, Traditional Publishing|Comments Off on Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile Keep your book out of the reject pile by avoiding these five common mistakes

Let’s Hear It for the Little Guy! When it comes to literary agencies, bigger isn’t always better

Your manuscript is finally finished. It’s been revised, agonized over, critiqued, and revised again. It’s ready to take the next step. It’s ready for an agent. And because you want nothing but the best for your manuscript, you know you’ve got to find the best agent possible. The biggest name, the top seller, the power player. Right?

Well, not necessarily. Many superstar agents are great at what they do – that’s how they became superstars, after all – but they’re not the […]

By | 2018-05-03T21:16:26+00:00 |Getting Published, KF, Traditional Publishing|Comments Off on Let’s Hear It for the Little Guy! When it comes to literary agencies, bigger isn’t always better

A Guide to Sub-Genres in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Sub-genres of any kind can be difficult to nail down, but in the genres of fantasy and science fiction it’s not easy to even get them to hold still. The principle reason for this is that these two genres are often collectively called “speculative fiction” because they deal with the question “What if . . . ?” This leads not only to genre hybrids such as science fantasy, but to sub-genres that may be applied to either fantasy or science fiction, […]

By | 2018-05-03T21:02:50+00:00 |Fantasy, Genre, Getting Published, Sci-Fi|Comments Off on A Guide to Sub-Genres in Fantasy and Science Fiction

How Not to Get Your Indie Book Inside Barnes & Noble An indie author tries to get his work on the shelves of the nation’s largest retailer. (In the interest of revenge...)

“Absolutely not!”

Those were among the first words of encouragement I heard as I embarked on my quest to have my indie book carried in a major retailer’s store. They were uttered by a Barnes & Noble customer service rep who, after saying I must go through their corporate headquarters, was responding to my follow-up question, “So … I can’t do this on a store-by-store basis?”

Oh well! Going through corporate headquarters is one of my favorite things to do because […]

By | 2017-11-09T20:08:16+00:00 |Getting Published, Self Publishing|Comments Off on How Not to Get Your Indie Book Inside Barnes & Noble An indie author tries to get his work on the shelves of the nation’s largest retailer. (In the interest of revenge...)

Biggest Stories in Independent Publishing

The past year has been exhilarating for writers, readers, and independent publishers. On a tidal wave of new e-reader technology and the increasing popularity of Kindles and iPads, the publishing industry—once a staid, tradition-bound sector—is now experiencing the kind of upheaval we’re used to hearing about in music, film, and quantum physics.

Here are some of the year’s biggest stories in independent publishing.

INDIE AUTHORS HIT IT BIG: AMANDA HOCKING MAKES MILLIONS BY SELF-PUBLISHING ON KINDLE

By | 2018-05-03T21:03:53+00:00 |Getting Published, Self Publishing|Comments Off on Biggest Stories in Independent Publishing