Here’s some good news about one branch of publishing.
Here’s a great insight into the process of a small press editor. Much of this holds for any kind of manuscript submission. It also applies to readers, if you are selling to them directly.
A market for novellas and shorter nonfiction works at Amazon Singles. Read about it at the Authors Guild site.
Harold Underdown recommends this excellent post summarizing trends in juvenile publishing from a panel at the recent American Book Producers Association conference.
Read this, if you are tempted to pitch your book to an editor on Twiiter (unless it is a special Twitter event AND you have done your homework about said event.)
Important business and contract information for every writer. Be sure to read the discussion, too. Then, do some research before signing a contract.
I’m putting together materials for our local SCBWI group’s April Revision Workshop. One of my favorite revision gurus is Cheryl Klein. If you don’t already have it, pick up a copy of Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. Until it arrives, or even if you already have it, download this helpful plot checklist. The site even has a Word template!
If you write books for children, join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Their huge Winter Conference is going on right now in New York City. Click on the link below and follow the conference through the eyes of a crack team of official bloggers. You will find out what to expect when you attend your first international conference. The next one is in Los Angeles in August, but the organization sponsors more intimate regional events as well.
Pitch your humor book idea to Chronicle on Tumblr! Use pictures, media, or 200 words or less to make it irresistible. The contest runs until 2/28/13. Read and follow the rules. You could win!
Here’s a giggle from Writing for Children’s Magazines. (This is, by the way, a very useful resource to bookmark.)