Category Archives: Bumps & Bruises on the Road to Publication

How Does a New Agent Find Wonderful Writers?

By Nalini Akolekar For those of you who don’t know me, I started my publishing career back in the Stone Age as an editorial assistant at Silhouette Books.  I loved my job and was strongly encouraged to stay in the field, … Continue reading

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How To Negotiate a Writing Life in 10 Easy Steps

by Susan Squires Whether you’re just starting out or under contract, being productive isn’t easy. There isn’t enough time. Or enough space. Or enough quiet. Or enough organized thinking. There isn’t enough something, always. How many times have you heard … Continue reading

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5 Steps for Surviving a Revise and Resubmit

By Orly Konig-Lopez Querying authors know the feeling: Your email pings with an incoming message. It’s from one of the agents who requested your manuscript. Your heart beats in your ears, you close one eye, tilt your head to a … Continue reading

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Query Letter Pet Peeves – Agents Speak

By Chuck Sambuchino Ready to send your book out and contact agents? The last thing you want to do is to rush that submission out the door and hurt your book’s chances. When submitting your all-important query to agents or … Continue reading

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5 Things Readers Want from Novelists on Social Media

Turning Whine into Gold: 5 things readers want from novelists on social media by Kathryn Craft You may not have a book out, but if you have expressed on Twitter or Facebook your hope to be a published author, you … Continue reading

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The 4 Best/Worst Things That Affected My Writing Career

by Erika Marks Hello, friends! I hope this finds everyone ready for the holiday season—and by ready, I mean totally freaking out! (Just kidding. Well, sort of.) I know this time of year is one during which we can’t help … Continue reading

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Writing: The New Fear Factor Game?

I’ll say it right up front – I don’t watch Fear Factor. It gives me the willies. But that’s not the point of this blog. Well, not entirely. I’ve been noodling a new book idea for a while now. Noodling … Continue reading

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