By Marissa DeCuir Your manuscript is prepped and ready to go, and now you’re thinking about seeking a literary agent so you can pursue traditional publishing. But where to begin? While there are plenty of helpful articles online about how to find an agent, many how-tos don’t answer some of the nitty gritty questions about what to seek out—and be wary of—during the … [Read more...] about Guest Post: 4 Important Questions Authors Should Ask Before Querying Literary Agents
Building the Next Generation of YA Stars (Webinar)
Last month I attended a webinar hosted by Publisher's Weekly, called "Building the Next Generation of YA Stars." The speakers included the editorial director of Disney-Hyperion and the executive editor of Harlequin Teen. Together they covered new marketing strategies for YA novels, trends, and what they look for when acquiring books. Marketing According to them, YA books … [Read more...] about Building the Next Generation of YA Stars (Webinar)
E-Books in the Global Marketplace
Last November, I attended an interesting webinar co-hosted by BISG and DBW, called E-Books in the Global Marketplace. Though this post is a little late, the information is still relevant, and I think it's worth sharing some of the findings. … [Read more...] about E-Books in the Global Marketplace
More Resources for Digital Publishing
I've extended my blog to include a large, hopefully helpful, list of resources that cover all aspects of digital publishing: agents, analytics, apps, associations, blogging, coding, contests/awards, design, distribution, ebooks, editing, entrepreneurial, funding, internships, jobs, legal, magazines, marketing, metadata, news, reading, reviews, self-publishing, startups, trends, … [Read more...] about More Resources for Digital Publishing
What’s Going on With Readers Today?
What's Going On With Readers Today from Goodreads A while back, Goodreads asked publishers what questions they would like to ask readers. The results of the Goodreads survey from December 2012 are now up, and there are some interesting finds. I do wonder, however, how accurate these findings are. Yes, Goodreads has a huge base of readers, but the ones who decided to answer … [Read more...] about What’s Going on With Readers Today?
Blogs Worth Reading
Below is a list of blogs that may come in handy. They cover grammar, writing, ebooks, and publishing. I've also included a few of my friends' blogs. Some of them are informative, some are quirky, and all are worth looking at. Thoughts on Pages An EPublisher Confesses Cheapass Fiction Engrish Funny Shelf-Awareness Writers Village University Writers Write … [Read more...] about Blogs Worth Reading
A great way to get in to writing is to enter contests. If you win, you have a publishing credit to your name, and you can use that to build your portfolio and impress more publishers and editors (if you go the traditional publishing route). Even if you decide to self-publish, you can use your published works to build a platform and get your name out to your readers. Recently … [Read more...] about Writing Contests
PubSlush Press: Platform, Publisher, and Partner
First off, PubSlush is a great name. But what do they do? Well, a lot of things. … [Read more...] about PubSlush Press: Platform, Publisher, and Partner
So You Want to Write a Novel
After taking a ton of creative writing classes and working in the publishing industry a little bit, I can say that this video is hilarious and touches upon all the issues/ideas new writers may have. I remember once I saw Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, speak, and he addressed the condension most writers face. "Writing is the only profession … [Read more...] about So You Want to Write a Novel