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News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

October 19, 2016

Publishing Your Work is Hard Work
What I wish I'd known before I started: Part 2

This blog is part of a series. For “What I Wish I’d Know Before I Started: Part 1” please click here. And so as the sun slowly set over the peaks and valleys of composing a first book, I bid a fond farewell to creative writing as I prepared […]
May 10, 2016
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Publishing Glossary
A curated list of the industry terms and phrases aspiring and professional writers need to know

Language is power, and to that end we at The Editorial Department have come up with a glossary of commonly-used terms and abbreviations in the book publishing industry. This is a quick, handy guide (in no particular order) to many of the terms that writers will come across […]
November 2, 2015

Patience: A Sterling Virtue of Quality Publishing

When I was a kid, my mom — an impressively self-educated poor Tennessean with a high-school education and a fondness for annoying axioms — would say, in a sing-song voice, “Patience is a virtue, and it will never hurt you.” Keeping my mouth shut in the face of […]
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 […]
May 26, 2015

Independent Publishing Support

Independent Publishing Support Expert guidance and education in publishing your own book to an exceptional standard of quality.