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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.

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 |2019-06-19T16:56:08+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 |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, “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 |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...)

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 |2021-05-12T16:40:08+00:00|Getting Published, Self Publishing, Trends|Comments Off on Biggest Stories in Independent Publishing