Writing Query Letters and Book Proposals

Writing Query Letters and Book Proposals

Big 5 Publishers and Imprints Today’s book publishing market is tighter than ever. Ongoing consolidation within the publishing industry has meant that there are fewer major houses to submit to. Since 2013, the industry has been known for the so-called Big 5 publishers...
3 Writing Tips For Novel Writers

3 Writing Tips For Novel Writers

In the first phase of editing fiction—some call it “development editing”—I focus on the structural issues in the crafting of the novel, such as point-of-view; character development; plot and subplots; and balance among action, interior monologue, and dialogue. I hope...
Are You Thinking About Self-Publishing?

Are You Thinking About Self-Publishing?

The business of self-publishing … Perhaps you have tried to find a publisher and have not succeeded. You are not alone. The reality is that unless you are a celebrity or have a ready-made marketing platform that is guaranteed to sell thousands of books, it is...
Editing a Nonfiction Book

Editing a Nonfiction Book

I find that many of the nonfiction writers I work with are maybe just a little too smart for their own good. I say this with affection and appreciation for how hard it is to communicate paragraph after paragraph of complex information and insight in a coherent way....
The Art of Editing Fiction

The Art of Editing Fiction

Fiction Editing Fiction is an art, and editors must be respectful of that. Typically, the best fiction engages readers in such a way that they fully embrace the alternate universe created by the writer and immediately “get” this other world. There should...

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