Here’s a guide to what you’ll need to know from the moment you get the “when do you have time to chat” email from an agent to after the offer of representation. I hope all unagented WriteOnCon writers will need this soon! WHAT I RESEARCHED BEFORE THE CALL: Agency Any red flags on Preditors or […]
Hey guys, Cassandra here! I’m so glad WriteOnCon is back and bigger and better than ever! For this panel you’ll get the perspective and advice from not just one, but a whole gaggle of freelance editors! We’ll answer the obvious questions, the not so obvious, and the interesting! Let’s jump in, shall we? Question 1: […]
The Day On March 30th, 2016, around nine in the morning on a normal day off, I stepped into the shower. It was a normal shower. Lather, rinse, repeat as needed, etc. Only as I reached out a hand to turn off the water I was suddenly smacked in the face by a feeling of […]
Though I’m not an author, I can imagine the profound feeling of relief an author must feel the day he or she turns in that finished manuscript. After multiple rounds of revisions with your editor, debating which scenes to trim and which characters’ emotional arcs to fine-tune, after email chains of motivational cat videos… at […]
Some authors take on the view that marketing their books is not their job. I’ve heard, “MY job is to write a good book. Marketing is my publisher’s responsibility.” To an extent, this is true. You should be concentrating on writing your next best book. Your publisher should have a publicity team on your book, […]
To put it simply, a hybrid author is someone who does both. It’s an author who self-publishes and traditionally publishes, each for various reasons. It’s someone who believes there is no right way or one way to publish a book. I’ve been a hybrid author for about three years, long enough to get a firm […]
If you’ve been querying for awhile, or even if you haven’t, you may have heard the term ‘R&R’ tossed around. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean “rest and relaxation,” at least not where writing is concerned. An R&R in publishing contexts means a “revise and submit.” But what does that even mean? And is it a death […]
Your novel is finished, edited, and edited some more, and now you’re ready to query. Writing a novel is tough, but summing it up in one page can seem even tougher. The good news is that if you’ve ever picked up a book and read the jacket copy, you already have an idea of what […]
Hi! I’m Jessica Spotswood, YA author and — more importantly for this discussion — the editor of two feminist historical fiction anthologies, A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, & Other Badass Girls (Candlewick, 2016) and The Radical Element (Candlewick, 2018). I might also be secretly working on more. (Shhhh.) When I was first organizing Tyranny back in 2014, I […]
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