Not sure if your manuscript is ready for its close up? Check out our list of six surefire ways to know if it’s time to submit for editing.
To fulfill your dreams of traditional publishing, you must create one amazing query letter. Here is a winning strategy for the perfect query.
In a rather violent declaration, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch once advised, “Murder your darlings.” While I have a general distaste for murder, manslaughter, and massacre, good ‘ole Sir Arthur does have a bloody point. It’s a point echoed by everyone from William Faulkner to Agatha Christie to Ernest Hemingway all the way to Stephen King: you’ve… Read more »
The editorial process a book goes through can seem mysterious, especially to first-time writers. And, as it happens, at the big publishing houses, it’s a multi-stage process. We talked to NYBE’s William Boggess who, while in the editorial department at Little, Brown and Company, worked on books by a range of authors from Tom Wolfe… Read more »
Are you adrift in outer space (or Starbucks) without any connection to other writers like you? Here’s 11 writing communities you should join immediately.
Do you struggle with making your characters sound consistent? Here’s an easy to follow guide to help you win the battle against inconsistent voice.
How do you know your genre when your genre is still emerging? We talked to NY Books Editor Kiele Raymond who has expertise in learning a genre–fast. While at Simon & Schuster Raymond worked on a number of novels in the fast-emerging new adult category, including bestsellers by authors like A. Meredith Walters and J.M…. Read more »
Need help deciding between traditional and self-publishing? We’ve got you covered. Check out this list of pros and cons for both.
Agents, who are the first potential champions of a new manuscript, do their fair share of editing. They also know when a book is ready to be seen by the people who, if all goes well, will buy it. Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Agency, whose clients include Michelle Gable (A Paris Apartment) and… Read more »
There are many difficult things about writing a book, among them remaining focused and simply staying the path. It’s incredibly hard to continue to write, especially if you feel uninspired or lost. You may wonder – is my story working? Are my characters compelling? Where am I ultimately going here? And, on other days, you… Read more »