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Friday, April 25, 2014

Publishing Pulse: April 25, 2014

This Year at QueryTracker

First, a note from Patrick McDonald, the creator of QueryTracker…

"QT was named one of 2014's 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writers Digest Magazine. This is the sixth time in QueryTracker's seven-year history that we were honored with this award. Thank you to all QueryTracker members for making this possible."

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.

This Week in Publishing

It’s not a black-and-white decision of agented versus self-published…the wonderful world of grey is small press publishing. Writer’s Digest posted a lovely article on finding your middle ground. Read about the pros and cons of small press publishing.

In a recent post, Janet Reid wrote “The first thing to know about platform is that platform is not you talking about yourself. It's other people talking about you.”  That got me thinking...when we think we are building our platform, are we doing it the right way? I decided to dig (I mean, Google.) Here are takes on the idea of author platform (some classic) from a variety of sources: Jane Friedman, Nonnie Jules, Joanna PennWriter’s Digest, and the aptly-named authors-platform.com.
Adjectives, glorious adjectives: finally, an article that doesn’t condemn them.  (The word “crapulous” is on there. Awesome.)

"If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist…"  --Neil Gaiman

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) or stop by the Demimonde Blog at www.ash-krafton.blogspot.com . WOLF’S BANE (Demimonde #3) is forthcoming mid-2014.

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