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 […]
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.
There will no Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy post this week. Possibly next week as well. The main reason for this is that I’m reading entries for Pitch Wars. This is an annual contest founded by Brenda Drake that pairs experienced “mentors” (agented/published authors, editors, or literary agency assistants) with authors of completed manuscripts […]
Publishing is a strange industry. When you’re a new author trying to break in, it all seems infinitely glamorous. You dream of six-figure deals, book tours and bestseller lists, maybe even appearing on the red carpet. When you start out on that journey — as in, when you start writing your first book — you’re […]
I’m thrilled to host an interview with author and reviewer Kay Kenyon. Her writing pedigree is too long to list here, but it includes numerous short stories and more than a dozen novels. Talk about someone who’s had an inside view of the changing SF/F industry: her debut novel was published by Bantam/Spectra in 1997! […]
One of my favorite things about being a scientist is that it often puts me in a position to help other authors. That was my central goal when I started the Science in Sci-fi, Fact in Fantasy blog series. Over the past two years, I’ve hosted almost a hundred articles, nearly all of which were […]