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

Heroes Have Hormones: More Lessons from the Harry Potter Series Principle Three: perfect heroes are uninteresting ones

This blog is part of the Storytelling lessons from Harry Potter series. For part one, click here. For part two, click here.

It’s Harry Potter time here at The Editorial Department, and in honor of the release of the newest addition to the series, Harry Potter and The […]

By |2021-05-12T16:37:10+00:00|Fantasy, Getting Published, The Writer’s Craft, Trends|Comments Off on Heroes Have Hormones: More Lessons from the Harry Potter Series Principle Three: perfect heroes are uninteresting ones

Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile And five common mistakes to avoid if you want to land a literary agent

[by Peter Gelfan]

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 […]

By |2022-02-15T20:41:40+00:00|Getting Published, PG, The Writer’s Craft, Traditional Publishing|Comments Off on Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile And five common mistakes to avoid if you want to land a literary agent

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

[by Karinya Funsett]

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 […]

By |2022-02-22T18:02:40+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 View From The Trenches Literary Agent Lucas Hunt reflects on what authors need to know to be successful

If you want to publish today, your work must be impeccable. Whether you have a novel manuscript that has been slaved over for years, or are an expert in your field with a non-fiction book proposal, the case is the same. Your writing must be in the best shape possible to win the attention of an agent. […]

By |2022-02-22T18:46:01+00:00|Getting Published, Traditional Publishing|Comments Off on A View From The Trenches Literary Agent Lucas Hunt reflects on what authors need to know to be successful

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 . . . ?” […]

By |2019-06-19T17:44:10+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, […]

By |2019-06-19T18:04:52+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...)
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