Submitting Submittable Submittals – Part 1

  In the glory days of pursuing a publication contract for your story collection, novel, non-fiction book and, yes, even poetry anthology, you faced a long and agonizing process. So long and agonizing, in fact, that once your manuscript was thrown over someone’s transom, you were likely advised to start work on another project. Which…

A Turning Point

  My third book, The Blue Bicycle, proved to be a turning point, both in writing and in publishing. As I wrote in my last post, while there’s always something to learn, voice and style to smooth out in a piece of creative writing, I was beginning to doubt whether I could compete with accomplished…

Refined Feelings and Otherworldly Writing Locales

I’m starting to look on P&W with more than a touch of whimsy these days. Maybe that’s because I’ve grown as a writer, or maybe I’ve grown more ornery as I’ve aged. Still, much of what the mag has to offer  makes me smile crookedly where it used to inform. Of course, P&W is still…

Book Publishers Scramble to Rewrite Their Future/Underwire

  This is it. This what you have to do to get the book pub biz’ attention”  You have to come up with a great idea for a book You have to commit it to the page with excellent writing skills You have to develop you own cover and publish the book You have to…

Writers and Agents

I've recently had advice from an agent (who didn't sign me) concerning one of my novel manuscripts, and my pal Lyn is deep into negotiations with her agent over her novel's structure. image via altongansky.typepad.com What seems clear from both conversations is that agents are, for the most part good to excellent readers. However, most…

You Takes Yo’ Lumps

I had a novel manuscript I was particularly proud of and when my writing pal, Lyn, mentioned the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, I said what the hell, and I entered. Mine went into the general fiction category, and Lyn, who has written a bang-up young adult novel, entered the YA category.  The first cut was…

Homing In

Twice this week I've received replies to queries – one from an agent for a novel manuscript, one for a short story submitted for publication. Both were turn-downs, but both complimented the writing.  That settles the quality aspect, more or less, leaving open the most challenging problem for writers these days. There a plenty of…