It’s a well-known fact that while lots of people fancy the idea of becoming a published author, very few of them actually achieve that goal. The most common failure stage is almost certainly the first one: most people don’t actually write a book. That’s evident from my personal experience and also well-established from the statistics […]
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.
Locus Magazine is the trade magazine for the science fiction & fantasy field. Each year, they conduct an in-depth reader survey that provides a glimpse of the evolving SF/F market. To their credit, the good people at Locus provide dozens of detailed tables tracking not only the respondents’ answers, but the results of previous years. […]
Yesterday Michael Mammay and I hosted what I believe is the 11th #SFFpit Twitter pitching event for sci-fi/fantasy authors. This was our first event in July since shifting it forward a month over the winter (mostly to avoid the December holiday). The goal of shifting this event forward was to increase participation by literary agents, […]
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 […]
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 […]