What the Publishing World Doesn’t Want Us to Know

By Leigh Ann Thomas, @LThomasWrites   The time has come for a good dose of honesty and plain talk. There’s a secret the publishing world doesn’t want us to discover. Writing is an absurd profession—a troubling and illogical way to spend our working hours. To prove my point, I composed a list of what would […]

10 Steps to Survive Rejection in the World of Writing

By Deborah Clack @deborah_clack   Let’s just rip the band-aid off. Last month, I received two emails within twenty-four hours from agents declining the opportunity to represent my work. We hear it all the time. Negative feedback is inevitable in this profession whether it be with contests, agents, publishing houses, or reviews. But receiving a […]

Book Trends for 2018

By Lindsey Brackett, @lindsbrac   “Listen,” I told a group of writers recently. “You’ve got to be on top of what’s happening in the market because if you aren’t, you’ll pitch a dystopian vampire novel, and let’s face it—vampires are kinda dead.” Apparently I’m hilarious and should add stand up comedy to my repertoire. But […]

Your Book’s Silent Killers

By Vincent B. Davis II, @vbdavisii   Regardless of our book’s genre, they have many silent killers. There might not be a single murder in your narrative, but there are several factors that can kill your book sales if you overlook them. The three I’ve decided to highlight here are your book categories, your price, […]

Word Count & Writers: Too Many or Too Few

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson As working writers, our lives sometimes seem governed by word count. We use these numbers to set goals, define projects and sometimes even determine our victories. But it’s important to also view these numbers as a guide to show us how far we’ve come. I remember in high school—the anguish I […]

Choose Your Publisher with Care

By Deb Haggerty, @DebHaggerty When an author begins to look at publishers to see where their book might fit, there are several things they should take into consideration. The same steps generally apply to agents as well. Does the publisher have a good reputation in the industry? With the proliferation of small, boutique publishers popping […]

Keep Your Writing Options Open When You’re Just Starting Out

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson A lot of newer writers I meet find themselves overwhelmed with the myriad of opportunities in the field of writing. They struggle, trying to decide between writing articles, devotions, fiction, non-fiction, etc. Writing is a big field, and if you didn’t study some aspect of it in college, the choices can […]

Your Blueprint to Book Launch Success

Part III

By Vincent B. Davis II @vbdavisii How does this sound to you: after you’ve spent thousands of hours researching, writing, and editing your book, you give it away… for free. Sounds awful right? What if I said that you need to pay for it? There aren’t many topics in the world of writing and publishing […]