How to Know When to Query Literary Agents & Editors

Maybe you've written a few chapters and they're fantastic. Or you have this great idea for a nonfiction book, and you want a deal in hand as soon as possible because you've got a conference talk lined up in a few months. Slow down, take a deep breath, and let's talk about this. How do you know when you're ready to query? ...more
KellyBerdine It's going to be different for each book and different depending upon what else ...more

DOs and DON'Ts of Deep POV

What deep POV isDeep POV (Point of View) has been increasing in publishing for the last 20 years or so, and it’s getting more pop...more

Need A GOOD Editor? Try One For Free.

Meet Timothy Pike, freelance copy editor. I was sent this link for a chance to experience free editing. Now I do have the articles edited that I post on CatholicMom. CatholicLane, CatholicStand and Catholic Attachment Parenting but this was on a whole other level....more
inevertoldher  I was just lucky that he sent me his promo- glad it worked out; he is ...more

My dream job

Thank goodness the latest US election is over... and along with it the politics-related blogging prompts. Even I can get tired of thinking and writing about such things! I'm more than happy to move on to other topics of conversation now. NaBloPoMo November 2012 Prompt Thursday, November 8, 2012: ...more

Rules of dating an editor

Let’s be honest, people: I am usually the last person you want to take dating advice from. Even though I’m technically “spoken for”, I can count the number of boyfriends I’ve had on one hand (and still have a couple of fingers left over), so most of what I know comes from other people’s experiences of dating, or what I learned from watching Clueless in high school (also may be the reason I didn’t actually go on a date until I was 18.)...more

What Editors Think Of Writers -- The Most Honest Advice Ever By Gina Barreca (Part Of A 10 Part Publishing Series)

“What do editors want?” Adding to our discussion of real-life experience in the world of publishing, the fourth voice we’ll hear is from the Editor-at-Large of an internationally known and well-respected magazine, one with a professional as well as popular readership. A successful author in her own right as well as an experienced editor, “Hanna Errant” (her alias, as if you couldn’t tell) maps some unnerving changes in the publishing industry over the last twenty years: ...more
I published a book this year, and our editor was immensely helpful. On the other hand, we spent ...more

Writers: Don't Set Your Self-Worth By a Publisher's Opinion

When I left, I couldn't stop thinking about what she said. So many times as writers we wrap up our self-worth in every query letter or proposal we send out. Then we wait for the response and rather than just look at it as just that, a response, we use it to gauge our worth and abilities as a writer. If an editor/agent says yes, then we must be a good writer. If we get a no, then we must not be any good. ...more

Thank you for those words of encouragement. I'm a first time writer trying to find my way out ...more

How To Get Published, Part 9: Working With an Editor

First we need to go back to those terms and define some roles. You are going to be working with an editor and a publisher. Sometimes, they are one and the same person, but they'll be doing two very different jobs with you. An editor is working with you to tighten (or produce) the content. They will be looking at ideas, character development, tone, pace--and they may also do a little line editing. The publisher--the person who acquired your manuscript--is more in charge of the life of the book after it's done. ...more
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I need some advice


Thank you Virginia, I appreciate your thoughts on the matter. ...more

On Breadsticks and Related Thoughts

My twelve year old son arrived home from school today, entered my home office, and inquired as to why I had a bag of breadsticks in there.  It was a good question.  He knows that I'm not the sort of person to snack on breadsticks, so what was going on?  The simple answer was, "I was working on my photography skills." ...more