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5 Things You CAN Control in Your Publishing Journey

5 Things You CAN Control in Your Publishing Journey

5 Things You CAN Control in Your Publishing JourneyWhether you are going the traditional publishing route or you aim to self-publish, there will be things that you can’t control. This entry is geared toward writers who want to have a career of some sort through traditional publishing, because that’s the side I’m more familiar with, but I’d love to get some tips in the comments from independently published writers!

With traditional publishing, you cannot control things like: Agents’ or publishers’ interest, how much your book sells, or how much your friends’ book sells. It’s a really uncertain world, where you…Continue Reading

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How I Met My Publisher(s)

How I Met My Publisher(s)

Guys, I am SO EXCITED to FINALLY be able to share some important news with you. But now that the time has finally come, I don’t even know how to start. I’ve been sitting on this secret so long, I can’t find the words I want — which is unfortunate, since my job is words.

I’m going to pull a Ted Mosby and back this train all up to show you How I Met My Publisher(s). Here we go!

Gifs will help me.

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February 2016

My agent Amber has been working with me on Illuminate for some time. But she’s like, “Look, I’m going to need you to stop talking to…Continue Reading

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Surprising Ways to Help a Friend’s Publishing Journey

Surprising Ways to Help a Friend’s Publishing Journey

When your friends start to leave the nest and send out queries, sign contracts, and talk to publishers – or commission their cover, finish up formatting, and prep to self-publish – it gets pretty gosh darn exciting. Everyone’s on alert, waiting for the next tidbit of publishing news. Their dreams are all becoming real!

Highs and lows come hand in hand with the publishing journey. Sometimes a high can be just as stressful as a low – like when a friend of mine was caught between two amazing publishers in a bidding war. Though it’s an awesome problem to have, it was also very intense.

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10 Writing Resources: Traditional Publishing

10 Writing Resources: Traditional Publishing

TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING There are approximately 24,594 articles and blog entries out there about traditional vs. indie publishing, so if you’re looking for that debate this post won’t help you much. Instead, I’ve focused on hunting up some good links to give you the low-down on what you might need to know about how traditional publishing works.

From publishing house basics to tips on researching literary agents, these links will help you get educated about the traditional publishing journey.

Enjoy!

1. How a Book Gets Published

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Rejection Letter Parody: Pride & Prejudice

Rejection Letter Parody: Pride & Prejudice

Wrote this a bit ago for funsies and stumbled upon it again today. Enjoy. Jane Austen 5ever!

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Dear Miss Austen,

Unfortunately, we have had to reject PRIDE & PREJUDICE. While your synopsis was quite promising, we have found your manuscript to be lacking in numerous ways:

  • From the query, we were of course lead to believe that PRIDE & PREJUDICE would be marketed as a romance. But, my dear, you have entirely missed the point! There’s not so much as a kiss in the entire 272 pages, and whenever the scene starts to get gushy (for instance, every single proposal) you start to summarize. Why, we don’t even get to hear Mr. Darcy’s love confession—it’s just glossed over! Please consider…Continue Reading
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Things That Have Been Up and Stuff

Things That Have Been Up and Stuff

This is a general update blog post, so it’s going to be a bit random and short. Yay?

My friend Katherine came for a visit! We had many adventures, including but not limited to: Catching a train only because the staff held their car door open for us, performing period dances on the lawn at Chatsworth (Pemberley), exploring a plague village, and a bit of waltzing in the Assembly Rooms! (Katherine is my dance buddy and we took full advantage of this.)

I have been editing like a mad person. This will probably result in some revision-themed posts soon. I also have been brainstorming the Next Project! Trying to get into the habit of having more than one…Continue Reading

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3 Tips to Woo Literary Agents (Without Sounding like a Stalker)

3 Tips to Woo Literary Agents (Without Sounding like a Stalker)

There is a lot of angst (and helpful tips) on the internet for writing your query’s actual summary/hook, but what I’ve always found absolutely terrifying is that fine balance between “Dear Agent, I did my research” and “Dear Agent, I know where you sleep.”

Hopefully it’s a given that if you’re querying, you need to research the agents you’ll be submitting to—including perusing their Twitter feed, blogs, and interviews. Susan Dennard has a lovely post about this over at Publishing Crawl. So take a look at that.

If you didn’t click the link, the short version is: Research like the NSA (okay, maybe not exactly) and record any useful info. That way, when it’s time to send your…Continue Reading

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