Archive for the ‘Publishing Biz’ Category

Re: What This Week’s Trademark Upheaval Means to You

posted 5/9/18

Dear Readers…

If you’re bewildered by this week’s #ccckygate trademark upheaval, you’re not alone. It started in the romance lit realm but potentially affects all authors, so today I give context and provide links to help you understand this specific instance and the greater copyright issues at play. Please pardon my misspelling of the key word – I don’t want to trigger any anti-spam features with an adjective that’s not offensive in most uses but inappropriate enough in others to get today’s post blocked. Please read on so you understand what’s happening and what’s at stake.

Yours in the trenches,
The Editor

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re: Should I Delete My Short Story from Wattpad When I Turn It Into a Novel?

posted 3/27/18

Dear Editor…

The novel I’m finishing is based on a short story I wrote last year, which won a medal in a Wattpad writing contest. Should I leave the story up or take it down since I’m planning on submitting the novel form? (The short story is basically the first two chapters of the book. . . but I’m already making revisions and improvements to those two chapters.)

Sincerely,
Wattpad Woman

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re: How Much Time Would an Editor Give Me to Revise?

posted 3/20/18

Dear Editor…

How much time would an author be given to revise a novel manuscript after receiving editing instructions from her editor? Let’s say the manuscript’s about 75,000 or 80,000 words. I want to make sure I’m mentally ready when I do get a contract!

Sincerely,
Mac

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Re: Can You Stay True to Your Story If You’re Reading Others’ Stories?

posted 12/4/17

Dear Editor…

In a lit agency’s online submission form, I replied to question about comparable titles by saying I don’t have time to keep up with all the stories that are currently on the shelves. The agent replied: If I want to write middle grade fiction, I must read current middle grade fiction. She said immersing myself in it is the best way to capture the voice and pulse of these stories. I was always taught to write the story that I am comfortable with, my truth, my ideas. Not write what is currently hot now. Am I wrong on this? Should I be reading current MG? I don’t know how to fit in the time—I barely squeeze in the occasional adult novel, magazines, and Publisher’s Weekly. Most importantly, I don’t want to end up writing something that’s already out there. Thoughts?

Thanks,
Time-Crunched

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re: Will U.S. Editors Buy U.K. Manuscripts?

posted 11/21/17

Dear Editor:

I live in the UK and have written YA mystery. As for the market to pitch it to, I’ve assumed that I wouldn’t be able to sell it in the States. I have this idea—I’m not even entirely sure where I got it from—that it’s even harder for European writers to get their books picked up in the States than it is in the UK. However, you are the expert so if you think that’s not the case and I’d stand a chance, I would very interested in your insights, as impending Brexit has everyone here concerned about what’s going to happen with the British publishing market.

Thank you,
Bundt Boss

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re: Is First-Person Point of View Off Limits?

posted 11/15/17

Dear Editor…

I’m feeling really comfortable using first person for my novel—but “experts” say avoid it. How do you know if third person would be a better choice?

Thank you,
S. B.

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re: Can Self-Publishing Trigger a Book Deal?

posted 8/16/17

Dear Editor…

How likely is it these days for someone to self-publish a novel, only for it to be picked up soon after and re-published by a big publishing house?

Thanks,
R.

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re: Did Poor Self-Pub Sales Sink My Career?

posted 8/1/17

Dear Editor…

My agent didn’t have luck finding a home for my teen novels, so I decided to self-publish…but I now wonder if I should have waited longer. I wonder if I acted impulsively and made a mistake. I also broke with my agent (not because she couldn’t sell the work but for other reasons). To be honest, I feel as if I’m a boat drifting at sea as far as my writing career goes, which is sad to say at my age. A friend is encouraging me to try other agents/editors, but I’m not sure if I should contact them since the first book of my series and another stand-alone novel are already self-published and far from doing stellar. So…I don’t see the point in contacting them. Or do you think I still should?

Sincerely,
Confused

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re: Do I Cite My Magazine Writing in My Query Letter?

posted 5/9/17

Dear Editor…

I’m currently doing a lot of writing for a trade magazine and have written for other mags in the past. Nothing published in the children’s market, though, which is the market for my middle grade novel. Some sources say mention all writing experience in cover letters to agents and editors. Other sources say only mention writing experience if it’s in the children’s market. I would appreciate your advice on this.

Sincerely,
Mag Writer

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re: Can a Teen Novel with Traditional Values Sell?

posted 3/8/17

Dear Editor…

How does the marketplace view YA stories that portray traditional moral values?  For example, no sex outside of marriage, etc.

Thank you,
M.

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