Memorial Day is an important holiday in the United States, a time to remember those who have fallen in service to our country. It’s also the official start of summer season for those who enjoy pools, lakes, and beaches. Water people, in other words. For the next couple of months, the pace of life will slow. With all of […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]