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Showing posts 1 to 10 labeled Publishing (10 total)

Tips from the Query Trenches (November 20, 2021)

There's a lot of information about the querying process on the Internet, but I'd like to share some of my tips to make it as painless as possible. More »

Cut Agents and Editors Some Slack (July 17, 2021)

Individual agents and editors don't deserve vulgar attacks on their intelligence or integrity. More »

The Inaccessibility of Publishing (March 7, 2021)

I have to say the querying process for writers seeking traditional publication is terribly inaccessible to all but the top few percent of neurotypical, highly educated, computer-savvy writers. And the problems are too big for a single literary agent to fix. More »

Thoughts on the Women's Fiction Label (February 8, 2021)

Let's be honest about what people are thinking when they call a book Women's Fiction: it's bland fluff of inferior quality. More »

Writing in the Age of Entertainment Overload (June 1, 2017)

In the publishing world today, there is only one "good" story: the unputdownable story. More »

How to Stay Sane in an Insane Industry (February 2, 2017)

How do we keep writing, keep hoping, keep sending those query letters to their doom, instead of burning our lucky writing pencils in abject despair? More »

The Waiting Game (October 3, 2014)

Some people are very bad at playing the waiting game. I am one of those people. More »

Thoughts on Querying Agents (September 9, 2014)

On Sunday night I began querying agents to pitch Kagemusha. By Tuesday morning, I already had two form rejections in my inbox. More »

Agents: Rumors vs. Reality (February 23, 2014)

I queried literary agents for the first time in my freshman year of college. I had spent my senior year of high school writing a very confused novel about a girl who goes insane. "Terrible" doesn't begin to describe it. Sweetie found it on an old memory drive, skimmed a few pages, and asked me if I was high on drugs when I wrote it. "No," I said, "but close—I was writing under the influence of adolescence." More »

The Nefarious Blurb (July 31, 2012)

Back in elementary school, catalogs were a thing of wonder. I carefully examined every one that arrived in the mail, though I could rarely have any of the products in them...with the exception of the Scholastic catalog. More »