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Friday, March 14, 2014

Publishing Pulse: March 14, 2014

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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This Week In Publishing

Your author website is a key marketing tool for your work. If you manage your own website, you may need a few tips on what to include. Here’s an article that describes what readers want from an author website.

Whether you are planning on querying agents or preparing to self-publish, Archana Murthy of Writer.ly wants to share some advice with you about hiring a professional editor—thanks to a little nudge from Hugh Howey.

We’re hearing more and more about the “hybrid author”. Porter Anderson shares a story about author Shanna Swendson, whose agent encouraged her to explore indie publishing to continue her traditionally-published series.

Think fast: You’ve heard of speed reading. But speed writing? Kind of takes the idea of writing tight to a whole new level.

QTB blogger Sarah Pinneo recently wrote about the multitude of venues where our books can be found these days. But it’s easy for us to overlook public libraries. Recent surveys highlight the continued popularity of libraries, their vital places in our communities, and may even help lead these institutions more confidently into the digital age.

Conventional wisdom (and agent submission guidelines) tell us that we shouldn’t query unfinished manuscripts. Rachelle Gardner tells us exactly why we should write the whole book before submitting it.

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 at www.ashkrafton.com for news on her urban fantasy series The Books of the Demimonde (Pink Narcissus Press). Ash also writes New Adult speculative fiction as AJ Krafton. She’s part of the Infinite Ink Authors, who are celebrating their debut on March 15, 2014. Check out www.InfiniteInkAuthors.com to learn more about this group of YA and NA spec fic authors.

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