Paths to Publishing: Thinking Ahead A primer on traditional and independent publishing options for 2022

[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 […]

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A Writer’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Voice Actor for Your Audiobook Guest post by Stewart Storrar of voquent.com

Every author should consider turning their book into an audiobook.

Why? The audiobook market is growing fast, with many book lovers discovering that audiobooks are an easier way to read while on the move or performing other tasks.

Everyone is seeking to optimize their time. It is quickly becoming the norm to listen to audiobooks at the gym, during […]

By |2021-08-11T20:33:54+00:00|General|Comments Off on A Writer’s Guide to Finding the Perfect Voice Actor for Your Audiobook Guest post by Stewart Storrar of voquent.com

Spotlight on Sentence-Level Editing Demystifying the differences between line editing, copy editing, and proofreading

In an earlier blog post we talked about the importance of developmental editing and why the focus on big-picture stuff – structure, book-spanning issues like plot or organization, character development, dialogue, and that sort of thing – needs to come first, before you spend too much time worrying about the finer points of style and wording. This […]

By |2022-02-21T20:34:34+00:00|The Editor’s Craft|Comments Off on Spotlight on Sentence-Level Editing Demystifying the differences between line editing, copy editing, and proofreading

Which Publishing Path is Better for Debut Authors? Adriann Ranta Zurhellen shares a literary agent's viewpoint on a weighty question for new writers

Q. These days, it seems harder and harder to land an agent and a traditional publisher, while on the other hand, many of the growing number of self-published books on sites like Amazon have difficulty finding an audience.  What is your advice for unpublished novelists who are faced with this dilemma?

As an agent, I read an unbelievable […]

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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 […]

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

E-Book Formatting Considered Why quality code matters and automated e-book conversion tools may not be your best option

It wasn’t too long ago that the Kindle version of Neal Stephenson’s newest book Reamde had to be replaced. The reason? Customer complaints about errors in spelling, grammar, and formatting. After spending $16.99 to download an e-book, readers were justifiably miffed that it was riddled with mistakes. We imagine this resulted […]

By |2021-05-12T16:40:22+00:00|Self Publishing|Comments Off on E-Book Formatting Considered Why quality code matters and automated e-book conversion tools may not be your best option
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