Publishers, even small ones, are most often thought of as the ticket to your writing success. If you can get one to like your work, it’s all money and movie deals from then on, yeah? Unfortunately, there are plenty of small publishers that don’t have the means to deliver on their promises to help you… Continue reading How to Recognize a Bad Publisher (part 2)
You've been on the market and querying publishers for a while now and have accumulated enough rejection letters that you’re starting to think outside the box. Big names don’t seem to want to notice you so you’re beginning to consider small publishers, luck of the draw Twitter pitches, and maybe a sketchy offer from some… Continue reading How to Recognize a Bad Publisher (part 1)
Readership comes after publishing…right? As writers, we all sit around occasionally daydreaming about the big day our book becomes famous and we’re getting cramps in our hands from signing so many hard copies for fans. Who am I kidding? It’s way more often than “occasionally”. We often picture publishing as the moment when our book… Continue reading Early Readership and Why it is Vital to Publishing Success
Someone offhandedly said to me recently that I’d make a good literary agent.
While I do love helping prepare writers for publishing, I had to laugh. Being the punching bag stuck between the rock and hard place of publisher and author is not my cup of tea.
But it did get me thinking about what it takes to be a literary agent. I mean, would I even meet qualifications and know what I’m doing?
So naturally, I started researching. And I knew instantly that what I found out was something you seriously need to know.
#PitMad is a Twitter hashtag event used by agents and unsigned authors alike with the goal of connecting the two.
During the event, unagented writers are invited to share their story pitch via tweet with the #PitMad tag. Agents will be spending the day reading tweets with these tags, “liking” the tweets that they are interested in and eager to receive further material from. Best case scenario, an agent likes your tweet, loves your additional material, and then offers you a contract!
Needing to hire someone to edit your manuscript can be a stressful task. It’s stressful enough to worry about whether you can afford it. Then on top of that, you worry whether the person you hire will actually be any good. Before you know it, you’re wondering if any of your choices are the right ones for you and your book.