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.
Here’s a nice collection of articles about handling rejection from Writer’s Relief.
Great advice for writers of children’s books from Write4Kids!
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 need some inspiration from the greats, take a look at this article about authors and their editors. I have worked with some amazing editors in the educational publishing business. (I’d like to find an article about the relationship between some famous authors and their agents, too.)
Check out a review of this very clever picture book, and then read a fascinating interview with its editor, Margaret Quinlin. She discusses picture book development from a different perspective. Anastasia Suen is a terrific picture book author and she reviews books in her blog. If you are interested in this genre, it is a good idea to subscribe.
If your write fiction, and particularly if you are revising a novel, you should know about this blog, its author, and her book. I have shelves of writing books, but there are very few as good as hers. Don’t miss her new plot checklist. Online now. Click the link below.
Publishing is changing. It is much easier and less expensive now for an author to reach out to the audience directly. The problem is that it is easy for everyone to do this.
If you have a website, you know that enticing people to view it can be a problem when millions of other sites clamor for attention. The same is true now for “books.” I put the term in quotation marks because so many publications are just as virtual as sites.
Here’s a well-thought-out essay about the situation from an industry professional. If you are thinking about publishing your work, it’s worth a read.
If you are interested in writing children’s books and you live on Colorado’s Front Range, consider attending the fall conference of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. More information about the conference (this Saturday and Sunday) and the organization can be found by clicking on the “Home” link below.
Second Sight is an amazing book. It is a collection of information-packed presentations from a powerhouse fiction editor. If you are re-writing a novel, you need it.