News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

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 […]
May 7, 2015

Friends, Fans, Tweets, Pins:
Do Authors Really Need Social Media?

A few years ago, the publishing community decided that every author could build an audience online, and that would help us all sell more books. “Go, authors, to Facebook and Twitter! This is where you shall find your audience, and convince them to buy your book! You must […]
April 27, 2015

Critical Question for Authors: To Trend or Not to Trend?
Gazing into the Crystal Ball of Young Adult Literature

It’s no news to anyone who wanders into a bookstore now and then that young adult fiction is in its prime. It claims more space on Barnes & Noble’s shelves—and on the bestseller lists—than ever before. The world has yet to recover from the phenomenon that was Twilight, The Hunger […]
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 […]