“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)
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.