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 […]
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.
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 […]
The Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy series will return next week. Instead, today I want to talk about how corporate greed harms authors. It seems like every week there’s a new story about a (tech) corporation changing its business practices in a way that, basically, increases their profits to the detriment of their users. […]
As I write this, quiet battles are raging. Behind the cloak of secrecy, armed with desperate e-mails, Pitch Wars mentors who both fell in love with the same project are fighting to make it theirs. This is one of those rare reversals of power that happen in publishing, not unlike when multiple agents fight to […]