So I’ve recently gotten back on track with querying some agents again this year. I’ve queried just a few in the last several months. All have rejected the proposal, which I’m okay with. I just needed to make myself start the process again, which at times can be daunting. Over… Read More »Querying agents, novel update
I’m finally getting around to writing the dreaded novel synopsis. The synopsis is probably the most challenging item when putting together materials in order to be considered for publication. Not every agent I’ve found requests a synopsis. Everyone is different. Some want a query, synopsis, and the first few pages of… Read More »Writing a novel synopsis
Rachelle Gardner of the Wordserve Literary Group has an interesting post relating to self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Her answer to the question above is basically “no,” self-publishing will not necessarily hurt your chances of getting published traditionally. I have to agree with her. Self-publishing used to have a negative stigma to it, but… Read More »Will self-publishing hurt my chances of getting published traditionally?
Alt History is a start-up magazine dedicated to short works of historical fiction and alternate history. There are not a lot of vehicles available for writers of short stories in these genres, so it’s nice to see a new magazine covering these areas. Accepted stories will be published as an… Read More »Alt History Magazine
Fellow blogger and author Robert Treskillard has a creative method for marketing his latest novel, Merlin’s Blade. He has printed off several hard-bound copies to send out to other published authors he has met in an effort to receive positive endorsements from these authors. He will then use these endorsements… Read More »Marketing Your Novel
According to Scotland’s Sunday Herald, young 22-year-old Mark Buckland has launched a new publishing house in Glasgow called Cargo. Buckland states: “I have been frustrated at seeing young writers, people under 35, struggling to get anywhere in the Scottish industry. There is a lack of opportunities, a lack of people… Read More »Upstart Scottish Publishing Company Seeks to Reward New Writers
I’ve been doing research, trying to find e-zines that publish short stories focused on historical fiction or fantasy. Using the 2009 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market book, I’ve compiled the following list. Some publications accept historical fiction, others accept fantasy, and then some accept any genre of fiction as… Read More »Online Publications for Short Stories
The Caren Johnson Literary Agency discusses the world of self-publishing in this time of economic slowdown. I personally agree with the agency’s opinion that traditional publishing is the first route you should seek as a new author, though some have had major success with self-publishing and then later having an… Read More »Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing