Archive | March, 2018

Tough Love and the Realities of the Publishing Industry

Writers, I’m here today with some tough love. If you’re not in for a post about the realities of the industry and what it means to enter traditional publishing, put this one aside for now. Because I am both a writer and an agent, I am lucky (or crazy) enough to be on both sides of the publishing coin. I have been on submission as a writer and I’ve submitted the works of writers. I […]

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INTERSECTIONALITY: A #DVPIT Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion (Part 2 of 2)

Introduction with Saba Sulaiman Hi everyone! In case you missed our first part, this is a Roundtable Discussion with: Agents: DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary and Amy Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC. Editors: Tiffany Shelton at St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan and Rachel Stark at Sky Pony Press. We were talking about intersectionality in the context of publishing, and in this post, we’ll be discussing what steps (if any) we can take to promote […]

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INTERSECTIONALITY: A #DVPIT Blog Hop Roundtable Discussion (Part 1 of 2)

Introduction by Saba Sulaiman Hi, everyone! I’m thrilled to kick off this cycle’s #DVpit blog hop here on Pub(lishing) Crawl with our #DVpit Roundtable, where we gather around with some wonderful publishing professionals and hear them share their infinite wisdom! Thank you, Beth for inviting me to moderate this discussion, and thank you to our incredible panelists for generously volunteering their time and expertise. The topic for today’s roundtable is Writing Overlapping Identities: The Importance of Intersectionality […]

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Social media, envy, and (RE)focusing on YOU.

Happy Friday! Let’s talk about envy. I was browsing Instagram, as one does, and came upon the above Rupi Kaur poem. It made me weirdly emotional. And, as someone with anxiety, I like to say I’m extra tuned into my emotions—I try to capture them when I feel them and “sort them.” It’s a way for me to process feelings that are important, make sure I’m okay, and then let them go. I’ve been wanting […]

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Making Attainable Goals

As writers, we make many goals for ourselves: Finish a new manuscript this year. Sign with an agent by my birthday in September. Write 50,000 words in November. Send out 10 queries this week. Show my editor the proposal for my next work. Hit the New York Times Bestsellers list. Win a Printz or a Newbury. Make a new friend at the upcoming writers’ conference. Get J.K. Rowling to blurb my book.   Those are […]

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