Path to Publication: The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Second Novel

Column by Rob Hart February 9, 2016
Rob Hart revives his Path to Publication column to talk about the release of his second novel, and reveals his three mistakes, three successes, and three goals for the future.

Path to Publication: 'New Yorked' Is Here, So This Is Where I Leave You

Column by Rob Hart June 9, 2015
Today's the day: 'New Yorked' is officially available. On the mixed bag of emotions that conjures and la morte de l'auteur.

Path to Publication 3.7: What Goes Into Designing A Book Cover?

Column by Rob Hart May 18, 2015
What goes into designing a cover? If you're with a publisher willing to work with you, it's a fun, collaborative process. Rob breaks it down, from comps to finished product.

Path to Publication 3.6: Blurbs And Reviews, Incoming

Column by Rob Hart April 20, 2015
With reviews coming in and blurbs set, it's time to talk a little bit about being judged by peers and readers.

Path to Publication 3.5: Galleys, Bookstores, Marketing, and Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Column by Rob Hart March 17, 2015
So much of the publishing process is waiting for the next thing you have to do. Then everything happens at once—planning release parties and galleys and marketing. And it's pretty damn awesome.

Path to Publication 3.4: Gearing Up For A Big Year, and How Deadlines Change Everything

Column by Rob Hart January 5, 2015
The second book is done, and even has a release date. We're still six months out from the first book's release. There's a lot to look forward to, but still a lot of work to do.

Path to Publication 3.3: On Editing, And A Little On Blurbs

Column by Rob Hart November 6, 2014
My edits came in—and they were good! I talk a bit about doing the final pass edit on my novel, locking it into place, and moving onto the next thing—as well as a bit about blurbs...

Path to Publication 3.2: So Much Is Happening

Column by Rob Hart October 6, 2014
Cover, TV rights, sequel, synopses... oh my!

Path to Publication 3.1: Second Time's the Charm!

Column by Rob Hart September 3, 2014
Negotiations are complete. Contract is signed and in the mail. Nobody died. I'd call that a win.

Path to Publication 3.0: I Have A Book Deal Again!

Column by Rob Hart August 5, 2014
Time to put the gears of war back into motion.

Path to Publication 2.4: Going From A Two Book Deal To A Zero Book Deal

Column by Rob Hart June 20, 2014
And my book deal just got cancelled.

Path to Publication 2.3: Sequelitis

Column by Rob Hart May 27, 2014
I've sold the sequel to my debut novel! This has me thinking a lot about sequels — the upsides and the downsides. Mostly the downsides, because that's what I'm trying to avoid.

Path to Publication 2.2: On Being A Writer And Having Poor Impulse Control

Column by Rob Hart April 21, 2014
In this installment, we talk marketing, live readings, and why it was real dumb to buy an XBox One before finishing the draft of my next book.

Path to Publication 2.1: Readings, Book Trailers, and Why I Loved AWP So Much It Hurt

Column by Rob Hart March 18, 2014
I was going to write about the follow-up to my first novel, but instead I'm going to talk about AWP.

The Path To Publication 2.0: This Thing Is Actually Happening

Column by Rob Hart February 18, 2014
It's for real this time.

Path to Publication Part 4: Mea Culpa

Column by Rob Hart April 4, 2012
Looks like I got a little ahead of myself...

The Path To Publication Part 3: When Is Done, Done?

Column by Rob Hart March 1, 2012
In this installment, I discuss why I haven't been able to meet the self-imposed deadline I set for myself last month!

The Path To Publication Part 2: Preparing For Battle

Column by Rob Hart February 2, 2012
Last month I discussed my decision to seek an agent to represent me and my novel. Now it's time to talk about something that's actually useful--namely, how to find an agent.

The Path To Publication Part 1: Delusions of Grandeur

Column by Rob Hart January 12, 2012
This is the first installment of a monthly column that will follow the trials of trying to publish my first novel. Part 1 is about letting go and choosing the right path.