Saved

I had a scare last night—a big scare. While hurrying to save my new manuscript and vacate Starbucks before they locked me in (would that really be a bad thing?), I pulled out the jump drive from my laptop a touch too fast. When I got home to continue writing, the...

The Querying Process

A friend recently asked me for advice on how to start his book on the process to publication, and since I’m heavily involved in that right now, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned with other writers as well. First things first, get...

Results of the publishing poll

It looks as though traditional publishing won out, though smaller publishing houses beat the big by one vote. Here’s how the ranking stands: Small publishers: 13 (68%)Self-Publishing: 2 (10%)e-Publishing: 3 (15%)POD: 2 (10%)Large publishers: 12 (63%) 19 voters...

Supremely spoiled

I feel spoiled to work for such an excellent book company and under such fine tutelage. Why, you may ask, is this being spoiled? Because I have such high standards for book quality that I find many other publishers disappoint by comparison. I’m learning the ins...

On etiquette and manners

“Manners are based on an ideal of empathy, of imagining the impact of one’s own actions on others. They involve doing something for the sake of other people that is not obligatory and attracts no reward.” —Lynne Truss, Talk to the Hand This is an age...