You asked, now I'm answering! Here's my take on the good and bad aspects of various writing advice, specifically "write for yourself", "be original", "hook readers immediately", "use themes", "write what you know", "be diverse", and "unplug for productivity".
Writing a query letter sounds easy enough. You read some basic tutorials on how to assemble all the basic components, sit down to compose, and then your brain grinds gears and you spontaneously combust. Am I right? In all my time helping authors through this harrowing process, I have come to expect complaints and trouble … Continue reading 3 Hardest Parts of a Writing Query Letter
Manuscript formatting can be a pain—especially if you wait until your work is complete before bothering with it. This can be a temptation, but preparing your document before you begin to write will save you time and headache later. More than this, agents and publishers will likely take you seriously if you present to them … Continue reading How to Properly Format Your Manuscript
“Beta reader” is a term that gets tossed around a lot in the publishing industry. You would imagine that such a standard term would be easy to define. But there’s actually a lot of contention and confusion concerning what exactly a beta reader is, what their function should be, and when exactly they are supposed … Continue reading The Proper Role of the Beta Reader
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