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How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

Congratulations! You have signed with a publisher that wants to bring your book to the market. But how will you get paid for book sales? What royalties are considered normal? I suppose I should backtrack. First of all, how do traditional publishers pay authors, and what exactly are royalties? Publishers typically pay authors in several ways:… Continue reading How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

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Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

  Once upon a time, I worked for the editorial office of a small publisher. The most fascinating, heart-breaking, and frustrating part of my day was when I had to read through manuscripts in the slush pile. As many people know, the slush pile is what publishers call their collections of unsolicited query letters and… Continue reading Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

Publishing · writing

Writing Announcement: Let’s Start a Riot

As I mentioned last week, I stumbled into an interesting opportunity. It turns out that I can share more about that now. I recently accepted a position as a contributing author for Book Riot. Book Riot is an awesome online media site that “is dedicated to the idea that writing about books and reading should be… Continue reading Writing Announcement: Let’s Start a Riot

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Finding an Agent: When Gender Matters for a Writer

In a perfect world, agents and publishing houses would judge authors based solely on syntax, characterization, plot, and other aspects of writing. But our world is far from a perfect one, and an author’s race, gender, and sexuality can still play a role in who is published. In particular, some of the recent discussions about gender… Continue reading Finding an Agent: When Gender Matters for a Writer

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Depriving Youth and Defending YA Literature

In spite of its seemingly benign nature, young adult literature has received tumultuous responses. Back in August, education consultant Joe Nutt published an article for teachers and educational professionals called “Why Young-Adult Fiction Is a Dangerous Fantasy.” The article reflects the not uncommon belief that YA has directly harmed young people and that these books have “prevented… Continue reading Depriving Youth and Defending YA Literature

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What is Happening with Wattpad? Fan Fiction, Media and More

Something strange is happening in the world of Wattpad. The website and app is slowly shifting away from being a collection of fan fiction and public domain works to a full-fledged media company. I have very mixed feelings about it. Wattpad was founded a little over a decade ago in 2006. Since then, it has… Continue reading What is Happening with Wattpad? Fan Fiction, Media and More

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Annual Publishing News Round-Up: 2016

As we come to the end of 2016, what big stories happened in the publishing industry over the last year? Quite a few interesting things occurred, so I’ve chosen to highlight the few that tickled my fancy. Bookstore Sales Rose – For the past several years, sales from bookstores have been rising. Other than a brief blip… Continue reading Annual Publishing News Round-Up: 2016