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From the Staff of The Editorial Department

October 5, 2016

Five Short Steps to the Reject Pile
Keep your book out of the reject pile by avoiding these five common mistakes

Oh, the dreaded reject pile. Often we like to imagine the (probably imaginary) good old days when editors searched for traces of gold in the rough ore of a first draft and worked with the writer to refine it. Recently, an editor at a major publisher offered a […]
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 […]
October 27, 2015

A Guide to Sub-Genres in Fantasy and Science Fiction

Sub-genres of any kind can be difficult to nail down, but in the genres of fantasy and science fiction it’s not easy to even get them to hold still. The principle reason for this is that these two genres are often collectively called “speculative fiction” because they deal […]
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 […]
August 15, 2014

Biggest Stories in Independent Publishing

The past year has been exhilarating for writers, readers, and independent publishers. On a tidal wave of new e-reader technology and the increasing popularity of Kindles and iPads, the publishing industry—once a staid, tradition-bound sector—is now experiencing the kind of upheaval we’re used to hearing about in music, […]