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Paths to Publishing: Thinking Ahead A primer on traditional and independent publishing options in 2021

by Ross Browne and John Robert Marlow

Publishing has changed a lot in the 40 years since The Editorial Department opened its doors—and not necessarily for the better, in the eyes of many. But it’s nonetheless an exciting time to be a writer, in large part because when it comes to getting published, you have more options than ever before.

While traditional publishing’s priorities often feel more corporate and profit-driven in this era, there are still plenty of fine literary agents […]

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The Evolution of a Book Cover A guided tour of the cover design process for self publishing authors

Writing is a lonely business. Authors spend the majority of the life of a manuscript in their own heads, fiction authors playing God to a cast of characters in situations of their own devising, and nonfiction authors gathering information they distill into a form that fits their own purpose and vision. As anyone who’s ever written or tried to write a book can attest, it’s a massive undertaking that can easily dominate one’s life. 

So it’s not surprising […]

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Publishing Your Work Is Hard Work What I wish I'd known before I started: Part 2

This blog is part of a series. For “What I Wish I’d Know Before I Started: Part 1” please click here.

And so as the sun slowly set over the peaks and valleys of composing a first book, I bid a fond farewell to creative writing as I prepared to travel through the shadowy and murky land of self-publishing.

I found this part of the journey to be challenging too, my creative side forced to give way to the business […]

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Publishing Glossary A curated list of the industry terms and phrases aspiring and professional writers need to know

Language is power, and to that end we at The Editorial Department have come up with a glossary of commonly-used terms and abbreviations in the book publishing industry. This is a quick, handy guide (in no particular order) to many of the terms that writers will come across during all stages of editing and publishing. Enjoy and learn!

General Publishing Terms

Copyright: the “right to copy”, or reproduce, intellectual property; original writing is copyrighted the instant it is created with no additional action […]

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Patience: A Sterling Virtue of Quality Publishing A Writer's Primer on Why Hurrying is Bad for Books

by Jane Ryder

When I was a kid, my mom — an impressively self-educated poor Tennessean with a high-school education and a fondness for annoying axioms — would say, in a sing-song voice, “Patience is a virtue, and it will never hurt you.” Keeping my mouth shut in the face of such an obvious untruth wasn’t easy, but it was the 70s and mouthing off to adults was still decades away from being acceptable behavior for children, so I refrained.

Inside, though, I […]

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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...)