10 NaNoWriMo Tips for Success from Editors and Agents

Column by Kleopatra Olympiou
Attempting NaNoWriMo this year? I've asked 10 Reedsy editors and agents for their advice to help you succeed.
Max Thrax: "Noir Gets Itself In Trouble"

Max Thrax: "Noir Gets Itself In Trouble"

Interview by Gabriel Hart
An interview with Max Thrax, author of "God Is A Killer."

Storyville: Writing for the Ideal Reader

Column by Richard Thomas
How do you write to your ideal reader? Here are some tips and suggestions.

How To Read Between The Lines of Your Rejections

Column by Lisa Bubert July 24, 2020
What are those pesky rejection letters actually telling you?

Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — What Do Editors Do All Day?

Column by Nick Mamatas
What do editors do all day? Not edit!

Why I (& Many Editors) Reject A Book Based on the First Paragraph

Column by Christoph Paul March 12, 2019
The first line matters more than you think.

How to Take Edits 101

Column by Christoph Paul
I explain what editing is (it's not just proofreading!) and how to take edits.

The Food Pyramid for Writers

Column by Christoph Paul April 26, 2017
The Literary Food Pyramid explained.

23 Translations: What Your Editor's Queries REALLY Mean

Column by Holly Slater October 4, 2016
“Author query” can be a confusing term. We know how frustrating and delicate writing queries for agents and publishers can be. This is a whole other circus: the query from the Other Side.

What Every Successful Novel Opening Must Do: Myth vs. Reality

Column by Susan DeFreitas September 17, 2015
It's no secret that agents, editors, and their assistants are looking for any reason to reject a manuscript in the first few pages. But what does it really take to get readers hooked?

The Top 10 Reasons I May Have Rejected Your Short Story

Column by Susan DeFreitas March 6, 2014
Submitting short fiction to literary journals? Consider this your hit list (or shit list) for avoiding rejection.

Storyville: Editor Interviews—Needle, Thuglit, and The Big Click

Column by Richard Thomas February 28, 2014
Five questions with the editors of Needle, Thuglit and The Big Click — Steve Weddle, Todd Robinson, and Nick Mamatas.

Too Close to Home: The Dangers of Choosing an Editor

Column by Leah Rhyne January 30, 2014
Everyone knows a writer needs a good editor. But what happens when the best editor you know happens to be your spouse?

Storyville: Editor Interviews—Shock Totem, Shimmer, and The Dark

Column by Richard Thomas December 30, 2013
Some quick questions with three editors of contemporary, dark fiction.

Rejection: A Critical Device

Column by Jon Gingerich May 22, 2013
Got a story that keeps getting turned down for publication? Here's how you can use industry rejection as a critical tool to improve your work.