As a new-ish author, I’m always looking for ways to improve and up my game when it comes to writing craft, story telling, or knowledge of the publishing industry. Yet there are only so many hours in the day, and as a scientist/author/father/bowhunter, most of those are already spoken for. The only reliable downtime that […]
Articles on Agents and Publishing
Welcome! Here you'll find articles on the traditional route of publishing: querying and landing a literary agent, revising, editing, going on submission, and getting published. These also cover the state of the publishing industry and my guesses about its future.
It’s been a long, weird year, hasn’t it? I know there are things about 2016 that many of us would prefer to forget, so I’d like to focus on the positive. From a writing career perspective, this was the most important year of my life. Here are my top ten things about it One. My […]
No matter how you feel about the changes to publishing in the past decade, you have to admit that it offers some new options to a would-be author. Before the rise of digital publishing in the late 2000’s, authors who’d written a book had essentially two choices for getting it published: Submit the work to […]
We’re deep into the reading period for Pitch Wars 2016, during which the mentors (agented authors and industry professionals) read the submissions from contest entrants and agonize over the impossible task of choosing one. Some mentors, like myself and my co-mentor Michael Mammay, received well over 100 entries. That’s a lot of reading, which naturally […]
The 5th semi-annual #SFFpit Twitter pitching event took place on June 23rd, 2016. As always, I used the Twitter API to capture all of the pitches, which paint a picture of the current body of aspiring SF/F writers. Author Participation We had 556 participating authors this June, which is comparable to December’s turnout (578), but down 18% from last […]