Our resident Lit Coach, Erin Reel, answers questions relating to the publishing industry.

The 3 Most Popular Editorial Services and Do You Need Them?

Column by Erin Reel October 24, 2012 (6) comments
Writers have more professional support available to them now than ever before. Erin Reel, The Lit Coach, breaks down the 3 most popular editorial services, giving you the benefits, red flags and more.

Ask The Lit Coach: The Difference Between Brand and Platform and Why Every Author Needs Both

Column by Erin Reel June 11, 2012 (8) comments
We know authors are supposed to have a platform, but what about a brand? The Lit Coach shares why every fiction author needs both to get noticed in today's crowded lit landscape.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Is It Normal For An Agent To Request Changes And Then Pass Withou Offering Representation?" and More

Column by Erin Reel
Should you edit your manuscript at the suggestion of an agent before signing a contract? And what's in a platform? Those are the burning questions in this issue of 'Ask The Lit Coach.'

Ask The Lit Coach: "What Self-Published Authors Must Do to Win Friends, Influence Readers and Possibly Gain the Attention of a Publisher"

Column by Erin Reel May 14, 2012 (4) comments
What are the chances your self-published book will get picked up by a traditional publisher? Slim. But here's what can you do to ensure you're putting your best DIY effort on the shelf.

Ask The Lit Coach: "What Are The Most Important Factors When Writing A Query Letter?" and More

Column by Erin Reel April 30, 2012 (6) comments
Does the perfect query letter exist? Are positive reactions to pitches worth something? It's all about query letters this week on Ask The Lit Coach!

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?

Ask The Lit Coach: "How Does The New Trend In Self-Publishing Affect Literary Agents?" and More

Column by Erin Reel March 19, 2012 (1) comments
Issue 12 of Ask The Lit Coach is all about literary agents. This week we discuss whether or not US agents consider clients living outside the U.S. and what will be the fate of agents post ePublishing

Ask The Lit Coach: "Will A Publisher Take A Master Thesis Seriously?"

Column by Erin Reel March 5, 2012 (8) comments
How do agents and publishers feel about your Masters thesis? That is the subject of this week's Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should I Submit Queries To Publishers If My First Novel Isn't Finished?" and More

Column by Erin Reel February 21, 2012 (3) comments
The path to publication and creative focus are the topics this week on Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Is It Possible To Sell A Novel On Three Sample Chapters?"

Column by Erin Reel February 6, 2012 (5) comments
Is it possible to sell a novel on three sample chapters? Is it possible to earn an advance to pay for a year of living expenses? Find out in Issue 9 of Ask The Lit Coach.

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 (2) comments
Query and submission etiquette and nom de plumes are the hot topics in this week's Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Can You Publish Your First Novel If You're Broke?' and More

Column by Erin Reel January 3, 2012 (6) comments
The Lit Coach prioritizes book publicity, author platform, and stresses the importance of the quality of work in Issue 7 of Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: 'Should Writers Censor Their Work Because They Fear Agent Or Editor Rejection?'

Column by Erin Reel December 19, 2011 (5) comments
Should writers censor their work because they fear agent or editor rejection? The Lit Coach and friends weigh in for the 6th Issue of Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: "How Do You Find The Time To Write What You Love If You're So Busy?" and More

Column by Erin Reel December 5, 2011 (3) comments
One writer's time and another writer's decision to approach the publishing world with either a short story collection or a novel are the focus of this week's Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should A New-To-Publishing Writer Seek The Safer Submission Route, Or Routes That Pay More?" and More

Column by Erin Reel November 21, 2011 (5) comments
In issue 4 of 'Ask The Lit Coach,' Erin saves one fresh MFA student from branding herself too soon and gives another writer direction on how to approach the publishing world with an anthology.

Ask The Lit Coach: "How Much Is Too Much With Description?" and More

Column by Erin Reel November 7, 2011 (3) comments
Erin Reel addresses the art of description and knowing when to go back and edit after your short pieces have been rejected by literary journals in this issue of Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Should Writers Settle Themselves Into A Single Genre In Order To Be Successfully Published?" and More

Column by Erin Reel October 24, 2011 (15) comments
Author branding and the outlook for Transgressive fiction are the subjects in the 2nd issue of Ask The Lit Coach.

Ask The Lit Coach: "Is It Possible To Get An Agent Or Book Publishing Deal Based Only On A Few Short Stories?" and More

Column by Erin Reel October 10, 2011 (5) comments
Pitching a book series and the strength of an author's portfolio are the subjects of this week's Ask The Lit Coach.