What It Really Takes to Get Your First Book Published: 5 Critical Factors

Column by Susan DeFreitas
I you've worked hard, put in your ten thousand hours, and still not broken through with your first book deal, this post is for you.

23 Translations: What Your Editor's Queries REALLY Mean

Column by Holly Kothe 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.

9 Ways To Punch Rejection In The Nuts—A Positive Outlook

Column by Holly Kothe September 14, 2016
What are your odds of rejection as a writer? High! High as a motherfucking kite, my friend. This is a motivational piece, by the way.

Winter Break Breakdown: The Argument Against Submitting During the Holidays

Column by Leah Dearborn
Submitting during the holidays is not always a great idea, but here's how to survive if you have to do it anyway.

Chicken or the Egg: When a Query Should Come First

Column by Leah Dearborn July 1, 2015
All writing begins with an idea, but the process between that initial spark and a finished draft can vary considerably dependent on the finished product’s purpose.

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.

Ask the Agent: Exploring the Nonfiction Book Proposal

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore & dissect the particulars of writing a nonfiction book proposal.

Ask The Agent: A Review of When to Query Agents

Column by Bree Ogden April 1, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect one of the biggest of the industry’s mysteries.

Ask The Agent: Marketing to a Middle Grade Audience, Having Multiple Agents and More

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore and dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder

Notes from the Drunken Editor: How To Fail and Why You Should Keep Failing

Column by Phil Jourdan February 20, 2013
We like to forget or ignore our failures, and construct stories about ourselves that emphasize our victories. But it is failure that helps us learn, and embracing failure is a rare thing these days.

Ask The Agent: Lots of Rejections From Editors... Should You Look for A New Agent? and More

Column by Bree Ogden February 4, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect two of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: When Should You Stop Querying?

Column by Bree Ogden January 21, 2013
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore and dissect one of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

How Not to Ask For a Book Review

Column by Erik Wecks January 16, 2013
Erik Wecks talks about what he learned after receiving 60 plus requests for a book review in a forty-eight hour period.

Notes from the Drunken Editor: You Are the Joke Here

Column by Phil Jourdan January 9, 2013
How to avoid being a pain in everyone's backside in the publishing industry, now with 200% more jokes!

Ask the Agent: More On Writer/Agent Etiquette, How to Approach Agents With Multiple Genres & More

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore and dissect three of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder

Ask the Agent: Erotic Zombie Thrillers! And More

Column by Bree Ogden November 26, 2012
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent, I’ll explore & dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder.

Ask The Agent: Answers To Some of The Gritty Details of The Business

Column by Bree Ogden
I received so many fantastic questions this week! I couldn’t decide on just a few, so I’ve decided to go ahead and answer several of them, given the answers are not as intensive as usual.

Ask The Agent: Memoir Platform and Full Disclosure: How Much Is Enough?

Column by Bree Ogden
Navigating the rough terrain of today’s publishing industry shouldn’t be a solo event. This week in Ask the Agent I’ll explore and dissect a few of the industry’s mysteries, straight from the shoulder

The Long & Winding Road: Part II - Revision Hell!

Column by Kelly Thompson April 12, 2012
Part 2 in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 2 details revision hell, finding a writing group, and a renewed agent search.

Ask The Lit Coach: "What Is The Ideal Length For A Nonfiction Book Proposal?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
This week on Ask The Lit Coach - What's the ideal length of a nonfiction book proposal? And should you mention your previously self-published skeletons in your query to agents?

The Long & Winding Road: Part 1- Writing The Novel

Column by Kelly Thompson March 8, 2012
The 1st in a series chronicling my experiences with my novel, including finding an agent and submitting to publishers. Part 1 details writing my novel and my first partial request from "ideal agent"

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.

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Is It Okay To Submit To Multiple Agents At The Same Agency?' and More

Column by Erin Reel January 23, 2012
Query and submission etiquette and nom de plumes are the hot topics in this week's Ask The Lit Coach.