Category Archives: Bumps & Bruises on the Road to Publication

Writing Contests — Hell or Heaven?

by Fae Rowen I don’t usually enter contests, but I decided to go all out this year. During the past two months I’ve redefined my understanding of the experience from both the judging and entrant viewpoints. I hope this post … Continue reading

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4 Pieces of Facebook Advice You Can Ignore

What to do? Facebook has changed – again. There’s more competition than ever for reader attention.

Writers are frustrated and it’s easy to understand why. How do you build a business when the goal posts for success keep moving? What’s the point?

Facebook is probably the slowest platform to build an audience on, and shooting yourself in the foot by listening to bad advice only makes it more difficult. Continue reading

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Classifying Your Book: How to Research & Target Literary Agents

By Chuck Sambuchino Once your book is finished, it’s time to start submitting to agents. For this, a simple first step is to create a new Microsoft Word or Excel document so you can keep detailed track of your submissions, target … Continue reading

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Down but Not Out: Finding Inspiration and Moving Forward

By Michelle Gable Earlier this year you might’ve read about the Parisian flat left abandoned for the better part of a century. Though photographs of the frozen-in-time apartment went viral only recently, I read about the discovery several years ago … Continue reading

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Who Are Literary Agents and Editors Anyway?

by Kathryn Craft Turning Whine into Gold In response to a tweet promoting a recent Twitter submission event, I received the following response:  “To put it delicately, f*** the agents and editors. Never pander to what they’re looking for.” (Asterisks … Continue reading

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Copyright Registration – In the Contract and Beyond

By Susan Spann Today, we’ll continue the #PubLaw guest series on Copyright in the Contract with a look at copyright registration. As I mentioned in last month’s post (you can read it HERE), copyright protection is automatic and attaches to … Continue reading

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How to be an Agent’s ‘Dream Client’

By Chuck Sambuchino How does a literary agent define their “ideal client”? The question is extremely important because it’s one that factors into an agent’s mindset before and after they sign you. If an agent has read your complete novel … Continue reading

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