News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

September 27, 2015

Does Writing Suck? A Favorite TED Author Reflects on the Elusive Pleasures of the Writing Life

I’ve had more than a few interactions like this: Carl: So, what do you do? Me: Well, I like to say I’m a writer, but- Carl: Oh man, I hate writing. I don’t know how you do it. Writing is the worst. Me: Ha, yeah, I know, I’m […]
September 25, 2015

Writing About Writer’s Block

There is probably nothing more frustrating for a writer than encountering the dreaded problem of writer’s block. And the problem shows no prejudice. It is a creative paralysis that hinders the best of us at one time or another. Adages and acknowledgments about the problem run the gambit […]
September 20, 2015

How Not to Get Your Indie Book Inside Barnes & Noble
An indie author tries to get his work on the shelves of the nation’s largest retailer. (In the interest of revenge...)

“Absolutely not!” Those were among the first words of encouragement I heard as I embarked on my quest to have my indie book carried in a major retailer’s store. They were uttered by a Barnes & Noble customer service rep who, after saying I must go through their […]
September 15, 2015

The Editorial Process 101

A Step-by-Step Guide to Readying a Book for Publication These days, it seems everyone wants to self-publish a book. And that is both a tremendous freedom afforded to all who have the desire, and a scary proposition for a market now flooded with books and no process for […]
April 3, 2015

Traditionally Published TED Client Decides to go Independent
An Interview with TED Client Laura Fitzgerald

The Editorial Department’s client and traditionally published author Laura Fitzgerald has decided to go the self-publishing route for her next novel. We took a moment to interview her about her decision, and ask some pointed questions about the specifics that led her to this point. Fitzgerald is the author of […]
January 4, 2015

Hook, Line, and Sinkers: Writing the Great Pitch

Over the next couple of weeks thousands of writers will be polishing their Works in Progress and getting ready to submit to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Are you one of them? If so, don’t overlook the importance of the 300-word pitch. This is what judges will read […]