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November 10, 2015

A Writer’s Motivation: Who Are You Writing For?
Literary agent Adriann Ranta explores tough questions every writer should consider before attempting to publish

I’ve had some really interesting and unique life experiences, and my friends keep encouraging me to write about them. From a market standpoint, is it a better idea to write a memoir, or to use those experiences as inspiration for a novel/work of fiction? I wish I could […]
November 5, 2015

Query Questions

I’ve heard it’s pointless to query between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Are there other times of year that are better or worse for agent responses? It’s true that publishing slows way down over the holidays (we’re people with families too!) and during the summer doldrums (we love the […]
October 23, 2015

Mainstream Publishers and the Acquisition of Successful Self-Published Titles

How interested are mainstream publishers in buying successful self-published books? I don’t mean hugely successful titles (Hugh Howey’s stuff, say), but books that have racked up impressive sales. And how many sales does it take to get a traditional publisher’s attention? This is a hard question to answer […]
October 19, 2015

Which Publishing Path is Better for Debut Authors?

These days, it seems harder and harder to land an agent and a traditional publisher, while on the other hand, many of the growing number of self-published books on sites like Amazon have difficulty finding an audience.  What is your advice for unpublished novelists who are faced with […]
October 12, 2015

Titles and Synopses

Here are a couple of procedural questions, both on things that are terrible and hard: titles and synopses. Q Can you tell me a little about book titles and how often an author’s own title survives the publication process? If a title changes, is it the agent, editor, […]
October 8, 2015

What Agents Want. (To Be Surprised, impressed, and Moved.)

Hello! It’s a huge pleasure to be blogging for The Editorial Department, my first introduction to the publishing industry back when I was but a tiny U of A graduate. Since TED, I’ve moved to New York and landed at Wolf Literary Services, a literary agency that has […]