Small Presses: 3 Publishers Want Literary, Romance, Speculative Novels

New year, new opportunities! You may submit to these publishers even if you don’t have a literary agent if your manuscript falls under these categories: literary, romance, and speculative. (more…)

Top 5 Blog Posts: Prologues, Literary Snobs, & Unagented Submissions

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Time sure flies! Since this blog’s launch on Feb. 15, 2014, I’ve published 255 articles on writing, reading, publishing, books, and movies. The five most popular articles focus on effective prologues, signs of a literary snob, and publishers that accept unagented and unsolicited manuscripts. (more…)

Would Artificial Intelligence Open Doors for Authors or Aid Copyright Violation?

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Elon Musk thinks artificial intelligence can be very dangerous, such as when it’s applied to warfare. How about when it’s used in publishing? There’s no doubt AI could open doors for authors if it means easy and cheap conversion of print books into audio books, as well as foreign translations. On the flipside, AI could be used to aid and abet book piracy. (more…)

5 Publishers Seek Experimental, Mystery, Literary, YA & Romance Manuscripts

Unagented writers seeking publication should submit their queries and/or manuscripts for consideration before the holiday season begins.  Five small presses are interested in experimental, literary, mysteries, romance, young adult, and children’s books. (more…)

2016 VIDA Count Shows Small Gains Toward Gender Equity in Publishing

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The 2016 VIDA Count shows some gains toward gender equity in the mainstream publishing industry. The literary magazine Granta published more women than men in six years, while the New York Times Book review had equal percentage of female and male reviewers. The report noted that the London Review of Books has the worst gender disparity. (more…)

Attention Genre Writers! 3 Small Presses Seek Unpublished Manuscripts

Genre fiction is also known as commercial fiction because of its wide reach and popular appeal. Check out these three small presses if you have a complete, unpublished manuscript in any of these genres—crime and thrillers, romance, and science fiction and fantasy. (more…)

Pearson Remains World’s Biggest Publisher

Pearson’s sales declined by 15 percent, but it remained the world’s biggest publishing company, according to the Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly annual ranking. Total revenues for the world’s 50 biggest publishers topped $50 billion in 2016. (more…)

Career Authors: Free Online Resource & New Community for Writers

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A literary agent, two best-selling authors, an editor, and a digital strategist recently launched Career Authors, a free writing resource and a new online community for writers. (more…)

Small Presses: 2 Opportunities for Unpublished Literary Novels

If you have an unpublished and unrepresented literary novel, two small presses offer an opportunity within the next few months. Coffee House Press has open submissions right now, while the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing is sponsoring a fiction contest. (more…)

10 Takeaways from the 2017 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

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As a lifelong allergy sufferer who needs regular allergy shots, I can’t help but say that attending the recently held Writer’s Digest Annual Conference was a shot in the arm for me—as important (and more fun!) as my immunotherapy.  Let me share the top 10 things I learned from the event. (more…)