News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

June 20, 2016

Spelling it Out in the Synopsis

Let’s start by getting this out in the open: I’m not what one would call an especially fantasy-savvy reader. I like good stories regardless of the genre, but when my co-workers start throwing around fantasy references during our chats, I more often than not have to quickly google […]
May 24, 2016

The Writer’s Secret Weapon: The Power of What You Leave Out
Editor Renni Browne explores the value of what's left unsaid in good storytelling

Here’s an excerpt from a writing contest entry where a man is driving to San Diego with the servant girl he’s just given a Rolex watch—a girl who gave him something he valued much more: Amir’s assignment had been to gain access to Bonnie Becker’s house, using Marie’s position as […]
May 19, 2016

The Best Books on Writing Ever!
Picks from our editors and staff

There are grillions of books on this subject out there, ranging from “duh!” to “wow.” Because you’re our peeps and we don’t want you to waste your time with the former, our staff has put together a short list of the latter. We’ve included links to make it […]
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 […]
April 27, 2016
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Writing Mysteries
Guides, tips, and recommended reading for mystery writers

A quick word of caution to the aspiring mystery writer… For its enduring popularity as a genre, mystery is a surprisingly tough genre to break into for new writers, and in some respects one of the hardest genres to write. This is in part due to the procedural […]
April 26, 2016

Let’s Hear It For The Little Guy!
When it comes to literary agencies, bigger isn't always better

Your manuscript is finally finished. It’s been revised, agonized over, critiqued, and revised again. It’s ready to take the next step. It’s ready for an agent. And because you want nothing but the best for your manuscript, you know you’ve got to find the best agent possible. The […]