If you want to write a lot, you have to read a lot. That’s a little nugget of wisdom from Stephen King, and still holds true for the modern author. To be successful requires constantly working to learn and improve. As readers of this blog know, I’m a huge proponent of learning under the guidance […]
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.
A few years ago, I began inviting hosting scientists, engineers, doctors, and other experts to my blog to discuss their subject of expertise as it applies to science fiction and fantasy. I had no idea that the blog series would go on to collect over 150 articles, or that we’d develop it into a book […]
I’m privileged to have many writing friends — authors with whom I chat, connect, and commiserate. Some are trad-pub authors who came up around the same time as I did. Some are agented authors on submission, or querying authors hoping to land an agent. A growing number are self/indie-published authors who’ve taken matters into their […]
Right now there are two major forces influencing the e-book bestseller lists at major retailers. One of those is Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, the subscription program that gives avid readers access to millions of titles for $9.99 per month. Although royalties are calculated based on actual pages read, KU borrows essentially count as sales in Amazon’s […]
I recently returned from the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference, where I had the pleasure of serving on the faculty alongside about a dozen editors, agents, and fellow authors. I don’t go to many events of this kind, but I really enjoyed it and thought I’d share some of the highlights. An Invitation to Vegas So […]