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Publishing Pulse: Friday, December 27, 2013

This Week at Query Tracker
The profiles of several agents were updated this week. Please make sure you double-check every agent's website or Publisher's Marketplace page before querying.
 
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Remember--you'll reach success when you find the agent who is perfect for your work. Be sure to read each agent's profile carefully and visit other links such as company websites and blogs. Follow them on social media sites and get a feeling for what they really want. The better you know the agent, the better you will know if they are the right representative for your work. Blindly querying agents without regard for their guidelines or repped genres only delay the process--not only for you but for other writers.

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It's the Most Inactive Time of the Year...
Every wonder why the end of the year is such a slow time in publishing? Literary agent Kathryn Helmers ‏ has one answer…

@kahelmers Why publishing closes down over the holidays: because even the deadlines need a break now and then, sheesh.

Timely advice for bloggers: this article advises against publishing new content during the holidays. You don’t want your readers to miss out on a stellar post during the festivities.

... But It's Not a Completely Silent 'Net.

Sometimes, blunt is best... and nobody does blunt better than Dahlia Adler. Here are ten things a writer needs to hear—because they are truthful AND useful. (Number ten resonates with my personal philosophy.)

One publisher, Elsevier, takes a giant step forward to protect copyrighted material. No, the target wasn’t the massive infestation of pirates—it was the educational community.

The Alliance of Independent Authors offered ten interviews with successful self-publishers. Tidbits from Steena Holmes and Joanna Penn, as well as several other best-selling authors, will inspire all writers, no matter what path to publication they tread.

Ring in the New Year on a positive note: the future of publishing is not as grim as the Ghost of Publishing Past would have us believe. HarperCollins offers these tidings of comfort and joy.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and cheers!



Ash Krafton is a speculative fiction writer who, despite having a Time Turner under her couch and three different sonic screwdrivers in her purse, still encounters difficulty with time management. Visit Ash at www.ashkrafton.com for news on her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press) or stop by the Demimonde Blog at www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com . She also apologizes for the terrible holiday song title parodies contained in this post. Her consistent and flagrant disregard for tradition earns her a spot on the Naughty List every year. Unfortunately, she's rather proud of that.


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