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21 Questions to Ask a Publisher

If you are an author looking for a publisher, it is important that you reach out to the publisher and find out if you and the publisher are a good fit. This goes beyond whether they publish similar types of books. As with most relationships...

3 Types of Publishers and How to Avoid Being Scammed

Many authors are confused by the variety of publishers that are out there. Many publishers lure in prospective authors with amazing sounding deals (“We’ll get your book into the hands of thousands of readers!”) or unsupported claims (“Become a bestseller overnight!”). Authors are tempted by...

What Editors Do For You – And What They Won’t Do

Editors play a vital role in the success of your work but what exactly do they do? And, perhaps more importantly, what won't they do? What They Do Manage Submissions and Acquire Work The editor's role will vary depending on who they work for but most have the...

4 Facts About Self-Publishing That Might Surprise You

For many authors, self-publishing is the easiest route to go down because it provides freedom – from agents, poor royalties and to publish when and where you want. However, in many respects it isn’t the rosiest of routes; it may have its advantages but it...

5  Steps to Publishing with a Hybrid Publisher

Hybrid publishing is a combination of self-publishing and traditional publishing, the modern way of publishing that gives the author a real hands-on experience of publishing with the guidance and assistance of a traditional publisher. It isn’t that much different from doing it all yourself so...

Adding Humor to Serious Fiction

Many people seem to be of the belief that humor has no place in a serious fiction novel, like a general thriller or a political thriller. Good fiction, especially thrillers, should be reflective of the real world and real life and that means injecting humor...

Comic Book and Graphic Novel Publication

The publication process for comic books is quite similar to that of other literary publications, however, most up and coming comic book writers don't realize all the other elements involved.  Let's begin with the basics that one must know when it comes to publishing your work:  1....

How to Get More Acceptance Letters

Fed up with rejections? Fed up with not even hearing from an agent you submitted work to? Do you want to know how to get more acceptance letters? Then here’s how: Get the look. The only way to get people to take you more seriously is...

What is Previously Published Writing?

Literary agents and journals commonly reject previously published writing but what is it exactly? Why won't most agents risk taking on work that has already been published somewhere else? When can you send in previously published writing? These days, with the internet playing such a...

What Does That Mean? Publishing Terms and Vocabulary

Whether you are publishing short stories or have a full novel with a literary agent, it is important that you understand the publishing language. Fluency in the terms that they use will give you an edge and it gives you more control over the sale and...