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Friday, August 2, 2013

Publishing Pulse for Friday, August 2, 2013

This Week at Query Tracker…

The profiles of several agents were updated this week--including a few new listings. Please make sure you double-check every agent's website or Publisher's Marketplace page before querying.

This Week in Publishing…

The editors of the Wild Rose Press discuss their pet peeves. Want to survive the slush pile? Make sure your writing is free of these clichés and over-used words.

JK Rowling pledged to donate royalties from The Cuckoo’s Calling to a soldier’s charity. The lawyer who leaked her identity also made a substantial contribution to the fund “by way of damages”.

An interesting commentary on ghostwriters and unsavory review practices—how widespread are these practices and does it affect you as a writer in the same market?

Sometimes, a writer will get frustrated with the agent search and think, “Fine. I’ll just self-publish.” However, self-publishing shouldn’t be a way to avoid the traditional pub process—it’s an entirely different discipline. This first of a four part series describes the work and expense that must go into a successful self-pubbed book.

Brian S Hall at readwrite.com give you a visual ten-step guide on how to publish your book on Amazon’s Kindle platform.

No denying the importance of your Internet footprint—see why agents are using Google to see if your query is worth a follow-up. The most common quote? “I always Google…”

Chip MacGregor offers advice about what a new writer should expect from meeting with an agent at a writer’s conference. It starts with having realistic expectations.

A Writer's Thoughts...

Books—bright windows in this life of ours, lit by the shining souls of men. --H. G. WELLS

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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's blog at www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com for news on her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press) as well as her other titles.


Ashley K said...

It looks like the query tracker website is down. Any news as to when it might be back up? Thanks! :D

Patrick said...

Our host provider is having issues today, which is why the main QT site is down. Hopefully they'll have it fixed soon. It has been down on and off all day. Sorry about the inconvenience.