Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing and the Pro Writer

Once upon a time, not long ago, there was ‘real’ publishing and vanity publishing. ‘Real’ publishing paid the author, and authors paid the vanity publisher. The lines were clear. Few self-published books made it across the threshold into legitimacy. Self-publishing carried a stigma, regardless of how well-written.

My, how things have changed.

Blame or credit ebooks and print-on-demand for creating a seismic shift in how books are created. Ebooks removed the cost barriers for self-publishers, because with a good cover and interior design, a self-published book could look just as good as one from a big publishing house. Print-on-demand meant that do-it-yourselfers no longer had to pay exorbitant prices to get a minimum print run. And with Amazon willing to carry self-published books and the demise of many brick-and-mortar bookstores, the final objection—not being able to get distribution to bookstores—vanished.

It took a while before professional writers, authors who had […]

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GET TO THE POINT (or the joy of writing succinctly)

Hey hey folks. Hope you are doing well.

After my last post here I want to give what may seem to be a counterpoint piece of advice. Last time I waxed philosophical about metaphor and the long strung description that give lyrical beauty to your writing.

All of that holds true.

Today, however, I want to talk about writing concisely.

We writer folks love our words. We think in words and when we write (especially first drift) we tend to go overboard, stuffing our sentences with every cool little adverb and adjective we can find. Oftentimes we are writing to make everything as clear to the reader as we can, really wanting them to be able to see the room we are describing. Our characters walk into a bar and we want to tell the reader how big the bar is, what kind of decorations there are on the wall, […]

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Querying Blog 3 – Submission/Negotiation

I did a whole article for the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) Bulletin on various types of submissions and negotiations and reposted it on my blog last year. (Click here for your viewing pleasure.) Rather than recap that, I’d like to talk about your role in things as an author.

First of all, you’re a vital part of negotiations. It’s your work and nothing should be decided or agreed upon without your okay. Certainly, no one should be signing anything on your behalf. Your agent should keep you apprised of submissions and responses. This means that you’ll receive copies of rejection letters, unless you request otherwise. This is very important, as it can provide useful feedback. If several editors come back with a similar response (for instance, “I didn’t find the characters terribly sympathetic”), your agent may get in touch about doing revisions to the manuscript before […]

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Special Guest Friday: Lucienne Diver

Between the four of us, we discovered that we know a lot of interesting and exciting people in the writing world, and we’ve enjoyed bringing them here to visit with all our readers. Today we’re particularly thrilled to present Lucienne Diver! *wild applause* Take it away, Lucienne!

“Got to Keep ‘em Separated” by Lucienne Diver

Most people are surprised to discover that as an author I have an agent of my own. This is because I simply can’t be both at once. As an agent with over sixteen years in the business, I’m confident. I know how hard to push and on what points. As an author, I want anyone who makes me an offer to sign on the dotted line as quickly as possible before they come to their senses. Negotiation is a word without meaning. Haggling is right out. Obviously, these two perspectives are at odds, so I […]

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